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How to Respond to a Request for Evidence (RFE)

Understanding Request for Evidence (RFE)

A Request for Evidence (RFE) is a notice sent by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to an individual, informing them that USCIS does not have enough information to decide on their immigration case.

Receiving a Request for Evidence does not mean denial of the application; it is an opportunity to provide additional evidence and convince USCIS to approve the application.

Responding to a Request for Evidence

Upon receiving an RFE, it is essential to read the entire notice and note the deadline for response. USCIS provides detailed information on the documents required and the areas that need additional information. The RFE is a cheat sheet, and it’s a chance to respond and receive a positive response.

It is crucial to keep the original notice from USCIS and not throw it away. It needs to be included in the response package. If any document is not in English, it must be translated by a certified translator, and USCIS needs to see the original document transcribed into English.

The response package needs to be sent to the address provided in the notice. It is vital to note the address and send the package before the deadline, or USCIS could deny the application. Lastly, if USCIS does not respond after 60 days, contact them for an update on the application status. The contact information is provided in the RFE notice.


Receiving an RFE can be stressful, but it is not the end of the world. By following the steps mentioned above, individuals can respond to the RFE and convince USCIS to approve their immigration application.

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