What is a Request For Evidence (RFE)?
A Request for Evidence (RFE) is a request from Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asking for more evidence, this happens when an examiner at USCIS requests additional documentation before making a decision on your application. A RFE does not necessarily mean that your application will be denied. It could mean the application is missing initial evidence or more evidence is needed to support your application before the examiner can make a decision on your case. Also, an RFE could be looked at as a second chance to documentarily convince an examiner who may have doubts about your case.
What Should Be Done When You Receive an RFE?
The first thing to note is that you MUST respond to an RFE in a timely manner. Failure to do so can result in further delays or a denial of your application. Next, you must carefully read the RFE to determine what evidence USCIS is requesting. You should then prepare a thorough response with all requested documents; you MUST be specific and provide exactly what they are asking for. If there is a document you cannot provide as evidence, then you should explain why the document is not available and provide alternative evidence. If there are several documents being requested, you need to send all documents together in one package, if you neglect to send all requested documents together, USCIS will make a decision on the documents you provided. If the missing document is material to making a decision on your case, chances are your case will be denied for insufficient evidence.
What Happens Once the USCIS Receives Your Returned Documents?
Once your documents have been returned to the USCIS, your case will be re-evaluated to consider the new evidence. This process can take anywhere up to 60 days. If you receive an RFE, consider consulting an immigration attorney. Our attorneys at Lewis Law are knowledgeable with Request for Evidence responses and works really hard to make the process as seamless as possible for you.
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