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Request for Evidence (RFE)? What To Do

Updated: April. 1, 2020

What is a “Request for Evidence?”

Oh no! You got the dreaded Request for Initial Evidence from USCIS. What does getting a letter of Request for Evidence mean?

The letter means exactly what it says, USCIS needs a little more information to process your application. RFEs are serious and must be responded to in order keep your application on track. But don’t worry, your case is not denied and preparing a response can be easy. Keep reading to learn what to do if you receive an RFE.

What happens if I get a Request for Evidence?

The most important thing about answering an RFE is the deadline.

You must respond by the deadline. This deadline is usually in the first paragraph and in BOLD. The typical time to respond is about 87 days, but USCIS will sometimes give a different specific date.

Example: An RFE may say something like, “you must submit the information within 87 days to…”. Treat this timeline seriously and do not delay submitting the necessary information or evidence that they are requesting.

When you are getting ready to send in the requested information indicated in the RFE, make sure to review the letter carefully. You must respond to all information requested at one time. If you do not respond to every request, USCIS will not allow to send more evidence later. You only get one response. Make sure that you attach a cover letter explaining what you are sending in, why you are sending it in and any other information that might be helpful.

The RFE should include instructions for where to send the response. In some cases the original RFE letter should be included in your response, while in other cases USCIS only requests a copy of the RFE letter. Whether you are required to send the original or the copy, attach it to the very top of your response. Make sure that it is the first page and the first thing that the USCIS officer will see when they open your application.

The RFE should include an address for you to send the response packet to. Make sure that you send the RFE response to this address. It will be different than the original USCIS address that you sent your application to.

Let us know

Immigration issues can be tricky. If you have any questions about your specific Request for Evidence or your immigration case, there are very experienced professionals that can help.

Let us know about your RFE and we’ll help you respond.

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Updated on April 1, 2020

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