What is a Request for Evidence or RFE?

A Request for Evidence or RFE is a tool that USCIS can use to ask for more information from you. For example, if more information is needed to make a decision on your green card application, you may receive an RFE asking you to submit the information that is needed. Receiving an RFE is typically a sign that the immigration officer needs more information in order to make a decision on your case or that a required document wasn’t included with your initial application.

Does a RFE mean my case will be denied?
This is one of the biggest concerns with receiving a RFE. A RFE does not mean that your case will be denied automatically. It just means that the government needs more information or documents from you. By responding to the RFE with the information requested, your case will be able to move forward. In many instances, if you provide a timely and complete response, your case will be approved.

What are the most important things to do when you get a RFE?

  • Read the RFE carefully. In order to properly respond to the RFE, you’ll need to understand what information the RFE is requesting.
  • Pay close attention to deadlines. If you don’t respond to the RFE before the deadline, the immigration officer may have no option but to deny your application. You should try to respond to the RFE as quickly as possible to make sure that you don’t accidentally miss the deadline.
  • Make sure that you send all of the documents or evidence requested in your initial response. You generally cannot submit the requested documents one at a time. If you only submit part of the documents, it is likely that USCIS will continue to process your application when they receive the partial response —- which means they won’t have all the documents needed to approve your case.
  • Consider consulting with an immigration lawyer about your case. Depending on the nature of the RFE, it could be a sign that you need an experienced immigration lawyer to get your case back on track.
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