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What Is a Request for Evidence?

Did you receive a Request for Evidence (RFE) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)? Don’t panic, RFE is a general form that the USCIS sends to applicants when it needs additional supporting documents and information to decide on their cases.

When the USCIS receives an immigration or a naturalization application, the agency will review the paperwork. The first thing they will do is to make sure that you have completely filled out the application and sent the required supporting documents. Next, they will send you a notice that tells you whether your application has been accepted or rejected.

The agency may not be able to decide on your case if your application does not include all the required supporting documents. Even if you have submitted all the supporting documents required by the USCIS, the agency may need some other documents to make sure that you are eligible for the immigration benefit for which you have applied. In such cases, USCIS will send Form N-14, Request for Additional Information, Documents or Forms.

This form will include a list of additional documents that you must submit and the address to which you must send those documents. You will have to respond to the request before the mentioned date. USCIS usually gives the applicants 30 days to respond to the request.

USCIS will continue to review your case after it receives the supporting documents. If you do not respond to the request or if your response doesn’t reach the USCIS before the deadline, the agency will decide on your case based on the information you sent at the time of filing your application. If the information you provided at the time of filing your application is insufficient to establish your eligibility for the immigration benefit, your application is likely to be denied.

If you receive an RFE, make sure that you respond to the to it within the time given by the USCIS to ensure a proper decision on your case. Give the USCIS all the needed information for the agency to take a proper decision on your case.

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