A 06/10/21 USCIS news alert describes additional temporary filing flexibilities for benefits filers impacted by USCIS Lockbox delays. These flexibilities are in addition to the OPT filing flexibilities, still in effect, that were announced on February 26, 2021.

USCIS Announces Lockbox Filing Flexibilities

Release Date 06/10/2021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will offer filing flexibilities to provide relief to certain applicants and petitioners impacted by delays at a USCIS lockbox. These flexibilities only apply to benefit requests submitted to a USCIS lockbox and not to USCIS service centers or field offices.

The following temporary flexibilities are effective for 60 days from June 10 until Aug. 9, 2021:

  • If you submitted a benefit request to a USCIS lockbox between Oct. 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021, and that request was rejected during that timeframe solely due to a filing fee payment that expired while the benefit request was awaiting processing, you may resubmit the request with a new fee payment. If USCIS concurs that it has rejected the benefit request because of the delay, USCIS will deem the request to have been received on the initial filing date it was first received and waive the $30 dishonored check fee.
  • USCIS will allow applicants and petitioners to submit documentation with a benefit request resubmission demonstrating that because of the time that elapsed between when a benefit request was originally submitted to a USCIS lockbox and when USCIS rejected it, an applicant, co-applicant, beneficiary or derivative has reached an age that makes them no longer eligible to file for the benefit requested. If USCIS agrees that the delayed rejection caused the person to be ineligible due to age, USCIS will accept the request and deem it to have been received on the date the initial benefit request was received. This flexibility does not apply to Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322.

Applicants and petitioners can contact USCIS to verify previously filed benefit requests have not been rejected in error. If USCIS concurs, we may allow applicants and petitioners to resubmit an erroneously rejected benefit request and deem the benefit request to have been received on the date the initial benefit request was first received at a USCIS lockbox.

For more information on these filing flexibilities, including how to request them, visit the USCIS website.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/10/2021

The link in the 06/10/21 news alert takes you to the USCIS Response to COVID-19 page, which contains the following procedures (under the Lockbox Delays accordion tab) for requesting the flexibilities announced in the 06/10/21 news alert.

Guidance for resubmission if you believe USCIS erroneously rejected your benefit request

We are offering filing flexibilities to provide relief to certain applicants and petitioners affected by delays at a USCIS Lockbox. These flexibilities only apply to benefit requests submitted to a USCIS lockbox and not to a USCIS service center or field office. The following temporary flexibilities are effective for 60 days from June 10 to Aug. 9, 2021

  • If you submitted a benefit request to a USCIS lockbox and it was rejected between Oct. 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021, solely due to a filing fee payment that expired while the benefit request was awaiting processing, you may resubmit the request with a new fee payment.
  • If we agree that the delayed rejection was solely due to a filing fee payment that expired while the benefit request was awaiting intake, deposit, and receipting, we will accept the resubmitted benefit request, and, if properly filed, will deem the benefit request to have been received on the date the initial benefit request was first received at a USCIS lockbox. We will also waive the $30 dishonored check fee for these requests.
  • If we do not agree that the rejection was solely due to a filing fee payment that expired while the benefit request was awaiting processing, we will reject the benefit request resubmission
  • If you are an applicant, co-applicant, beneficiary, or derivative who aged out of eligibility for your requested benefit due to a delayed rejection from a USCIS lockbox, you may resubmit the benefit request. The resubmitted benefit request must be accompanied by documentation demonstrating that the affected person is no longer eligible on account of age due to the time that elapsed between when the benefit request was originally submitted to a USCIS lockbox and when USCIS rejected it.
  • If USCIS agrees that the delayed rejection was a cause for the affected person to become ineligible for the benefit due to age, USCIS will accept the affected person's resubmitted benefit request, and, if properly filed, will deem the benefit request to have been received on the date the initial benefit request was first received at a USCIS lockbox. If we do not agree that the delayed rejection was a cause for the affected person to become ineligible to file, USCIS will reject the resubmitted benefit request. USCIS will accept these resubmissions until Aug. 9, 2021. However, this flexibility does not apply to Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322.
  • To resubmit, you must:
    • Include your A-Number on the resubmitted benefit request;
    • Include a copy of the original rejection notice printed on blue paper; and
    • Write in black ink "Delayed Intake Rejection Request" on top of the resubmission.

If you feel that we have rejected a resubmission request in error, send an email to [email protected] with "Delayed Intake Rejection Resubmission" in the subject line.