I Received a Request for Evidence (RFE)! Now What?

23 Mar 2015

If you file your visa petition, even if it’s done perfectly, there’s a chance you could get the dreaded “RFE”, or request for evidence. This is when an adjudicating officer requests additional evidence for your pending USCIS petition. It could be something very major, or very minor and benign. Often times, the item requested isn’t even on the USCIS’s list of required items. The important thing to remember is this:

An RFE is not a denial… yet.

USCIS Office

Jacob Javits Federal Building (Home of some USCIS offices) CC courtesy of Ken Lund on Flickr.

The reason “yet” is added in there is because if you don’t deal with the RFE, in time, and correctly the first time, you will get the dreaded denial after all. Don’t panic. Also, don’t half-wittingly send a reply to the RFE without following precise instructions. Ideally, you should call us, and let us take a look. Even if we didn’t handle your case, you don’t want to mess this step up, because again… you get one chance.

 No matter what… DON’T:

Just ignore it.

If an RFE goes unanswered, generally it results in a denial. Don’t make this mistake.

Send something they didn’t ask for.

If you don’t respond to the RFE exactly as instructed, and we cannot stress “exactly” enough, you will probably be denied. They won’t say “No we didn’t mean that, we meant this”. They’ll simply deny you.

One example of how blowing your opportunity during an RFE response is: You’re requested to submit a certain document with a signature, but you send a page with a photocopy (not original) signature.

How to respond to an RFE

RFE delay

If you are a RapidVisa customer, before responding to any RFE, we recommend you upload a scanned copy to your account’s drop box and notify us via chat, support mail or phone. If you respond to your RFE without notifying us, and you are denied, your money is lost, as you no longer qualify for our guarantee.

Make a duplicate copy of anything you send to the government for your own records.

Remember to stay calm and don’t panic. It’s more common than you think to receive an RFE, and even so, a denial is rare, if you follow instructions precisely. Even the most pristine cases can trigger an RFE. It’s not necessarily an indicator that your case is in danger of denial. It’s akin to going to the DMV and forgetting to bring a certain document along with you. Just follow instructions and you should be fine. We do the best we can to avoid delays, and an RFE is definitely a delay. But rather than changing your whole life, like a denial, it will likely cause you a couple weeks of inaction.

If you are a client of ours, or even if you’re not,  and you received an RFE, drop everything and give us a call now: 1 (800) 872-1458.

If you have any questions about the process, give us a call at 1 (800) 872-1458.

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3 Thoughts on “I Received a Request for Evidence (RFE)! Now What?

  1. ahmed says:

    im sudanese man married to amircan woman last year but we didnt have marriage certificate since that time and my wife get pergnant and egybet where we visit me and staying together for one month , after she get back to usa she born the child in december 2016
    then she came to visit me in egyebt on march 2017 and we get the marriage certificate after we stamp it from amircan embassy in cairo
    we have pics together but we dont have pics of the marriage cermony cuz we didnt celebrate cuz relgious matter
    my wife get back to usa last week
    what is my chances to get approval without wedding’s pics?

  2. Zakir ahmadzai says:

    I received a request for additional evidence on 14 november they want fatherchild proof and translation of birth certificate my lawyer did everything on 20 december we sent it on 28 decmember uscis received my response but it has been 72 days no resopnse from uscis nebraska service centre i am minor child of usc how long it will take my lawyer said to me wait wait

  3. Georges says:

    I have filled the i751 jointly with my wife last year and I have received an RFE resquesting the documents that we have already sent what shall we do? Please and Thank you!

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