What Is USCIS Asking  in Its Request for Initial Evidence?

USCIS officers who adjudicate immigration petitions, including green card applications, are not lawyers. However, most any RFE has at least one if not many pages full of legal speak: quotes from the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations ("CFR"), USCIS and Department of State Policy positions, and/or published cases from the Board of Immigration Appeals or the Federal Courts of Appeals. Not wanting to "reinvent the wheel" for each of the many cases that they process daily, Immigration adjudicators liberally cut and paste sections of the law to try and explain what they believe is deficient in your case.  They include some facts specific to you and or your spouse, then give you a set amount of time in which to respond with either information or documentation.   Sometimes these requests are set forth in "Notice of Intent to Deny" your application. 

Knowing how to respond properly to a Request for Evidence hinges largely around knowing precisely what USCIS is actually asking, requesting, or alleging.  Our attorneys know the immigration laws and regulations that bear on adjustment of status, work permits, asylum, and most any other immigration benefit, including the requirements for each.  We have successfully assisted hundreds of clients who have received these letters.


What If I Don't Have What USCIS is Asking For In Its Request for Evidence?

 USCIS may ask for certain documents. Sometimes they are quite clear and concise in their requests, asking for documents that are specifically required by Immigration laws. Other requests, however, may be asking for only non-specific documentation, and with only a general description of what documentation could suffice in order to satisfy an immigration statute or another. In these latter types of requests, it's imperative that you have an experienced Maryland immigration attorney review the Request.  We can assist you in determining what documents you need to include, and what to do if you cannot produce them. We make the legal argument in response that accompanies the documents that you do include, with the intent to demonstrate to USCIS that the documents are sufficient, and how they satisfy both the Request for Evidence and the law.

What if I Don't Respond to the USCIS Request for Initial Evidence or Request for Information?

Not responding will hold up your case even longer, and is likely to result in a denial of your petition(s). Appeal rights are quite limited for some immigration benefit applications, and adding new information or documentation on appeal is often prohibited.


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USCIS Immigration Requests for Initial Evidence

Requests for Further Evidence

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If you have filed  USCIS petition for immigration benefits and have received a Request for Evidence ("RFE"), you are wise to seek the advice of a competent Maryland immigration lawyer in Annapolis. We have been helping people legally immigrate to the United States for over a decade and have helped thousands in the Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and Baltimore areas to successfully petition for U.S. immigration benefits.  As such, we know how to respond when USCIS sends you or your loved one a Request for Evidence.

Contact a competent Green Card and Immigration Lawyer in Annapolis, Maryland at Schifanelli Law, LLP who can help you get your case back on track by reviewing the USCIS Request for Initial Information or Request for Evidence, and allowing us to use our experience and expertise in helping you respond effectively.   

Many Applicants for U.S. Immigration Benefits, including petitions for spouses and children, green card applications, spouses filing to remove conditions on their permanent resident status, will receive a request for initial evidence or request for information from USCIS. not addressing USCIS's requests can result in denial of your application.    

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