Request for Evidence

Understanding Request for Evidence (RFE)

A Request for Evidence (RFE) is a formal request issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or other immigration authorities seeking additional documentation or information to adjudicate an immigration application or petition. An RFE is typically issued when the initial submission lacks necessary evidence or clarification, and it provides applicants with an opportunity to supplement their case with the required information.

Purpose of an RFE

  • Clarification and Verification: The primary purpose of an RFE is to clarify and verify information provided in the original application or petition. It allows USCIS officers to ensure that all eligibility criteria are met and that the application can be properly adjudicated.
  • Opportunity to Strengthen the Case: An RFE presents applicants with an opportunity to strengthen their case by providing additional documentation or evidence that may further support their eligibility for the immigration benefit sought. It allows applicants to address any deficiencies or concerns raised by USCIS.
  • Preventing Denial: Responding to an RFE promptly and comprehensively is crucial for preventing the denial of the application or petition. Failure to respond adequately to an RFE may result in the rejection or denial of the case.

Why RAM Law Firm for RFE Responses

At RAM Law Firm, we understand the significance of responding to a Request for Evidence promptly and effectively. Here’s why you should trust us with your RFE response:

  • Expertise in Immigration Law: Our team of experienced immigration attorneys has extensive knowledge of immigration laws and regulations, enabling us to craft strong and persuasive responses to RFEs tailored to each client’s unique situation.
  • Thorough Analysis: We thoroughly analyze the RFE and the original application or petition to identify the specific information or documentation requested by USCIS. This allows us to formulate a comprehensive response that addresses all concerns raised.
  • Timely Response: We recognize the importance of meeting USCIS deadlines for responding to RFEs. Our efficient and organized approach ensures that RFE responses are submitted promptly to avoid delays in the adjudication process.

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Frequently Ask Questions

  • What is the purpose of a Request for Evidence?

    A Request for Evidence is issued by USCIS or another immigration authority when additional documentation or information is needed to properly adjudicate an immigration application or petition. It provides applicants with the opportunity to clarify or supplement their initial submission.
  • What types of evidence may be requested in an RFE?

    The specific evidence requested in an RFE depends on the nature of the immigration application or petition. It may include documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, financial records, affidavits, or any other documentation relevant to the case.
  • How much time do I have to respond to an RFE?

    Typically, applicants have 87 days to respond to a Request for Evidence. However, the deadline may vary depending on the specific instructions provided in the RFE. Adhering to the deadline is crucial to avoid delays or potential denial of the application.
  • What happens if I don't respond to an RFE?

    Failure to respond to a Request for Evidence may result in the denial of the immigration application or petition. To avoid adverse consequences, it's essential to take the RFE seriously and submit a timely and thorough response.
  • Can I seek legal assistance to respond to an RFE?

    Yes, it's highly recommended that you seek legal assistance from an experienced immigration attorney when responding to a Request for Evidence. An attorney can help you understand the specific issues raised in the RFE and develop a comprehensive and persuasive response to maximize your chances of approval.
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