Request for Evidence (RFE)
During a petition or application process with the USCIS, a Request for Evidence (RFE) may be sent to you. Usually, they require the submittal of additional or more detailed and explanatory information. Sometimes the submitted forms have minor inconsistencies within them that can easily be clarified. And, sometimes necessary documents such as translations, marriage certificates or labor certifications were not submitted or are not legible. Rather than return the entire application packet or deny it and keep the filing fees, the USCIS is generous enough to ask for supplemental information. Where the original filing date of the petition or application is determined by the initial processing date this RFE can hold your place in line.
The length of time to respond is outlined on the RFE and must be strictly adhered to. Don't wait to the last day to respond and then rely on the postal service or a private courier to guarantee prompt arrival. Normally the time is 30 days and between 42 & 84 days if the response is coming from overseas.
All RFE Requests should be thoroughly analyzed by a Charleston Immigration Lawyer to insure that they are answered honestly, completely and in a timely manner.