What Should I Do if I Receive an RFE Request for Evidence?

RFE Request for Evidence

Did you or someone you love recently receive an RFE Request for Evidence? Are you unclear on what exactly it is that you should do next? That makes all the sense in the world. It can be very frustrating to receive one of these because it can feel as if your application was denied. However, that’s not the case. To repeat: if you received an RFE, your application was not denied. In fact, we can help. There are certain steps you can take to give yourself the best chance to immigrate even if you received an RFE. 

What An RFE Request for Evidence Is 

An RFE is exactly what it sounds like: a request. Specifically, they’re requesting particular evidence. The USCIS can’t go any further with your application until you send that evidence in. The good news is that, depending on your RFE, you may have anywhere from 30 to 90 days to find that evidence and send it in. So, basically, you have one to three months. That’s enough time to do so, but it’s not that much time. Reaching out to an experienced attorney can simplify the process. 

What You Can Do 

If you want to immigrate to the United States, then want to respond to this in time. So, collecting all of the evidence they want and sending it to them before the deadline is the right thing to do. You’ll note that we said “all of the evidence.” You don’t want to send it in “piecemeal,” one bit of evidence at a time. Instead, you want to send it in all at once. Another option: you could “partially respond.” 

What It Means to Partially Respond

If you’re able to submit all of the evidence that the USCIS is requesting, then do so. However, if you’re unable to do so, then you can choose to partially respond. So, if there’s some evidence that you cannot find anywhere, or would be impossible for you to obtain and send to them by the deadline, then responding partially is the right course of action. Indeed, it’s better than not responding at all. For example, we’ve helped clients with this if the USCIS asked for documentation that isn’t available or won’t be available by the deadline. 

RFE Request for Evidence

Help With Every Step of the Immigration Process 

An RFE is, in many ways, an opportunity. Yes, if you’re sent one of those, you should procure the evidence they want and send it to them. However, this is also an opportunity to look over the rest of your application materials, documentation, and more, to make sure that you’re making the strongest case possible for yourself. That’s one more way that we can help. Over the years, we’ve helped so many immigrate to the United States. For a consultation with our experts, you can reach us at (855) 997-4525.  

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