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At Kasturi Law, LLC, our Naperville immigration and nationality law attorney and law firm founder, Shobhana Kasturi, knows — as a first-generation immigrant — that receiving a Request for Evidence (RFE) letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can cause significant stress and anxiety for applicants or petitioners and their families.

An RFE is sent when additional information or documentation is needed to resolve an immigration application or petition. It is a formal request for the applicant or petitioner to provide specific evidence or clarification on certain aspects of the case and is relatively common during the U.S. immigration process. While RFEs are common, they are not indicative of an impending denial. However, that does not mean they should not be taken seriously.

Here is what U.S. immigration applicants and petitioners need to know about RFEs.

Request for Evidence Letters Common During the U.S. Immigration Process

Key Points Regarding Request for Evidence Letters During the U.S. Immigration Process

RFEs can be issued for various immigration cases, including family-based petitions, employment-based petitions, adjustment of status applications, nonimmigrant visa applications, and more.

The primary purpose of an RFE is to request additional information necessary to decide on an immigration application or petition. It is not uncommon for USCIS to issue an RFE when the initial submission lacks certain required documents or raises questions about eligibility.

RFEs can be issued for various reasons, including:

  • Insufficient supporting documentation.
  • Clarification on specific aspects of the case.
  • Discrepancies in information.
  • Additional evidence is needed to establish eligibility.

The RFE notice specifies a deadline by which the applicant or petitioner must respond. Submitting a thorough and timely response within the given timeframe is crucial to avoid delays or potential denials.

How Can Consulting with an Illinois Request for Evidence Attorney Help My Case?

If you have received an RFE and are unsure what to do next, contact our skilled Illinois immigration attorney for help. We will review the RFE, guide you on the necessity and attainment of the requested evidence, and assist in preparing a comprehensive response.

Since USCIS reviews the submitted response to the RFE before deciding on the immigration application or petition, the quality and completeness of the response can impact the overall outcome of the case. We can help ensure your response is precise and communicated through the designated channels so you get the peace of mind to await USCIS’s official response.

Responding thoroughly and promptly to an RFE with the help of a skilled immigration lawyer can enhance the chances of a successful outcome in the immigration process.

Contact Our Dedication Request for Evidence Immigration Attorney Today for Help

At Kasturi Law, LLC, our Naperville immigration attorney, is personally committed to being a trustworthy legal partner for each of our clients and will stand by your side throughout the immigration process, including the naturalization process.

We will be in your corner from start to finish, providing end-to-end legal solutions that allow you to build your life in the U.S. with the dignity, respect, and integrity you deserve.

Contact us today to learn how our Illinois immigration attorney can help with your Request for Evidence needs. We provide in-office, phone, and Zoom consultations to help you understand your legal rights and options so you can make informed decisions about your immigration journey.