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Understanding RFEs

An RFE is essentially a request from USCIS for additional information or evidence to support your immigration application. It’s important to note that receiving an RFE doesn’t necessarily mean your application will be denied. Instead, it’s an opportunity for you to provide the necessary documentation to strengthen your case.

RFEs can be triggered by various reasons, including missing documents, incomplete forms, inconsistencies in the provided information, or doubts about the applicant’s eligibility. Understanding the specific reason for the RFE is crucial for crafting an effective response.

How to Respond to an RFE

Responding to an RFE requires careful attention to detail and thoroughness. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to tackle it:

1. Read Carefully: Take the time to thoroughly review the RFE and understand the specific information or evidence requested by USCIS. Pay close attention to any deadlines mentioned in the request.

2. Gather Documentation: Collect all necessary documents and evidence to address the concerns raised in the RFE. This may include affidavits, letters of support, financial records, or any other relevant materials. Make sure to organize your documents in a clear and concise manner.

3. Craft a Detailed Response: Write a comprehensive response that directly addresses each point raised in the RFE. Provide clear explanations and supporting evidence to strengthen your case. Be sure to follow USCIS guidelines and format your response accordingly.

4. Seek Professional Assistance: If you’re unsure about how to respond to the RFE or need help gathering evidence, consider seeking assistance from a qualified immigration attorney or consultant. They can provide valuable guidance and ensure that your response is thorough and effective.


Receiving an RFE can be daunting, but with the right guidance, you can effectively address USCIS concerns.

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About Sheila Danzig

Sheila Danzig, the director of CCI, excels in resolving RFEs and denials for work visas, specializing in educational and employment visa challenges.

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