request for evidence

What is a Request for Evidence?

A Request for Evidence (RFE) is a formal request made by the USCIS in which the agency asks for additional proof in order to make a decision on an application for an immigration benefit. In most cases, where there might be a document missing in the applicant’s original submission, the USCIS will notify the applicant that they must send the missing documentation by a specified deadline.

If I Do Not Respond to a Request for Evidence, What Happens?

If an applicant decides not to respond to a Request for Evidence by the imposed deadline, their application could be considered abandoned and the USCIS will have grounds to issue a denial of the application. If this happens, the applicant will have to consider costly options to reopen their case or make an appeal.

How Should I Respond to a Request for Evidence?

A response to a Request for Evidence should be thorough and must completely address all the concerns in the original notice received from the USCIS. The applicant wants to be sure that they complete answers and evidence or they risk a denial of their application, as a second RFE is rarely issued for the same case.

A response to an RFE should be organized, concise, and to the point. Evidence should be exhibited and the response should be easy for an immigration officer to navigate. Using the services of an immigration attorney could greatly assist an applicant in providing a correct response. An immigration lawyer will be able to assess your case and determine what the best course of action is. Consider setting up a consultation with an attorney at Gilles Law, PLLC. You can reach us at 980-272-8438 at our office in Uptown Charlotte. We are here to assist with your inquiries.

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