RFE (Request for Evidence)
USCIS issues RFE’s when they require additional documents to make a decision on a pending matter. RFE’s can be complex and should be taken very seriously. Failure to timely respond or completely respond can lead to the denial of a case.
Some common questions related to RFE’s:
Should I hire an attorney? What value will the attorney bring?
The decision to hire an attorney is hundred percent yours. The value a qualified attorney brings is the skill set to understand what is being asked for, what is the burden of proof, what specific documentation is required, and what strategy to employ.
How many days do I have to respond to a RFE?
Usually one has 30, 60 or 87 days to respond depending on the petition and type of RFE. The USCIS notice will provide the absolute due date.
Where do I mail the response?
The RFE notice will have the address where the response needs to be mailed. Mail the petition well ahead of the deadline but making sure the response is complete is very important.
How long does it take to hear back after I send in my response?
USCIS has up to 90 days to act on the RFE. If one does not hear for 90 days then USCIS can be contacted for a status update.
Kasturi Law, LLC has experience in effectively responding to RFE’s. Call 630-660-0530 to further discuss your immigration matter.
NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny)
USCIS issues a NOID when it believes that there is adverse information regarding the applicant’s case and a denial is warranted. NOIDS can be complex and should be taken very seriously. Failure to timely respond or completely respond can lead to the denial of a case.
How many days do I have to respond to a NOID?
Usually one has 30 days to respond but often the notice will provide an absolute due date. The response has to be timely provided. Even if all the documents are not available, one should submit a timely response.
Should I hire a lawyer?
This decision is entirely the potential client’s. Has the attorney handled a similar NOID before? Have they had success with responding to NOID’s? Does the attorney have a strategy to address the NOID? These are some of the questions one should ask before making a decision on whether to hire and whom to hire to assist with responding to their RFE or NOID.
Kasturi Law, LLC has experience in effectively responding to NOIDS.Call 630-660-0530 to further discuss your immigration matter.