Did you recently receive a NOID or an RFE? Are you unsure what to do next? No one ever wants to get one of these. But, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s not even the end of the NOID process. If you received a NOID, it’s not a rejection or a failing grade. Rather, it’s like receiving an “incomplete.” In fact, by virtue of you receiving a NOID or an RFE, it’s a clear sign that you still have a chance for successful completion. Below are some best practices for receiving approval after NOID.
Something You Can Do Immediately
Make a copy. Make a physical, literal copy of your NOID as soon as you open it. Many even do that before they finish reading it in its entirety. Taking a picture of it on your phone is fine, but be sure to make a copy of it, too. Why? Because with a NOID, you don’t have much time. Usually, you just have 30 days. That’s it. Now, you have to have your NOID at the top of the response package. If you lose your NOID, then the odds of you getting a new NOID in time to put at the top of the response package are low indeed. To make everything easier, make a copy.
It can be frustrating to look at the NOID, particularly if you thought everything would be “smooth sailing,” so to speak. It’s natural to not want to look at it, to put off reading it, etc. As mentioned, the due date is often 30 days from the printed date you’ll find on the NOID. But, it may have a specific due date, unique to your case. Only by reading the document thoroughly can you find this date and thus know. Remember: the USCIS doesn’t go by “postmark date,” they go by “date received.” So, a good rule of thumb: send it seven days before that date.
Get to Work
One thing you will find when you go through your NOID: is what acceptable response documents are. It can be greatly beneficial to look at a copy (should you have one) of the initial package that you sent in. Then, compare the two. It’s entirely possible that the documents they’re asking for were submitted, but they simply didn’t see them, or they’ve been misplaced, and so forth.
Receiving Approval After NOID Process
Once you’ve taken care of all of that, then it may very well be time to reach out to attorneys that can help. We understand how frustrating it can be to have been sent a NOID or RFE, but we can help. Indeed, we’ve helped so many who are in the exact position that you are right now: looking at that NOID and wondering what’s next. For a consultation with our immigration law firm to see how we can help, message us through our site or call (855) 997-4525.