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USCIS Extends Certain Flexibilities in Responding to Agency Requests

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an extension of certain flexibilities to assist applicants and petitioners in responding to USCIS. Flexibilities will apply to:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind; and certain other motions.

This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice or decision is between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, inclusive. USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking any action.

COUNSEL TO MANAGEMENT:

These Agency flexibilities are just that – flexible. USCIS can and will continue to change certain extensions without the formal rulemaking process or advanced notice. We would encourage employers to continue checking back for regular updates as we continue to monitor agency regulations.

Refundable Tax Credit Hits Refresh on April 1st

As a reminder, refundable tax credits are available through September 30, 2021 to employers who voluntarily provide FFCRA paid sick or paid family leave under the American Rescue Plan passed earlier this year. Employers can receive the tax credit for providing up to 10 days of paid sick leave beginning on April 1, 2021, even if the employer previously took a tax credit for providing paid sick leave for a covered reason before April 1, 2021.

COUNSEL TO MANAGEMENT:

The IRS FAQs do not currently reflect the changes made by the American Rescue Plan Act so there are still outstanding questions that require Agency guidance. As we wait for additional guidance, we encourage employers to work with competent tax counsel and check back for updates as we continue to monitor agency regulations.

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