Answering an RFE for Immigration services Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques.
- 1. United states immigration issues10 Points to remember when answering a Request for Evidence (rfe).
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A Request for Evidence (RFE) is a common tool used by the USCIS (Immigration services) to ask for additional proof in order to make a decision on your case. RFEs are often in point form requesting factual information from either the beneficiary or petitioner. While many RFEs are simple, lately many RFEs have become more complicated and tend to require legal assessment before they can be answered. Our law firm, having filed more than 1000 immigration cases, is quite familiar with responding to RFEs.
Based on our experience, we have compiled a 10 Points legal guide to assist you in answering your RFEs. Note that this guide does not cover every single RFE related issue. We highly recommend that you retain a lawyer to help you on your case. Call us on 510.742.5887 or check www.peerallylaw.com
3. A well prepared case can avoid a RFE point 1
RFEs are usually requested because either the petitioner or beneficiary has not provided sufficient proofs or clarification in their original package. Therefore, preparing a completed and detailed package with your application or answer at the outset is crucial to the success of your case. On the other hand, putting irrelevant and unnecessary information in your application or petition can harm you. Professional help in preparing your case is always recommended. A good lawyer can make a big difference for the final outcome of your case.
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4. Read the rfe carefully point 2
Having dealt with so many RFEs, we have noticed that many people do not want to read the RFEs properly or they simply do not understand the lingo. If you do not understand all the questions or statements, please consult with a lawyer.
Shah Peerally Law Group has dealt with many immigration cases and with many RFEs. Check our website on www.peerallylaw.com for more information.
5. Do not panic when you receive the RFE! -Point 3
As mentioned earlier, RFEs are common tools in the USCIS toolbox. You should not panic. On the other hand, you shouldnt take it lightly. If you do not have the courage or knowledge to deal with them, seek help with a lawyer familiar with immigration law to assist you.
6. Do not miss the deadline when answering the RFE point 4
Answer your RFEs on time. Indeed, many people believe that they can request additional time to answer their RFEs. Unfortunately, USCIS has not been giving additional time to answer RFEs lately. Missing the deadline will most likely result in a denial. At this point, you may have to file an appeal or a motion to reopen the case.
Therefore it bears repeating: Do not be late.
7. Do not answer the rfe in parts point 5
Many of our clients tend to think that they can answer part of the RFE and then wait for USCIS to ask for more. Unfortunately, the way USCIS (or Immigration Services) functions, they rarely send another RFE to give you another chance. The first RFE you receive is normally your only chance to give USCIS the clarification they require. Therefore, it is essential that you answer all the questions as concisely as possible and provide all the evidence requested of you at the same time. Failure to do so will probably result in a denial.
8. Organize your answer in a clear fashion point 6
Remember you are not writing an essay. Stay concise and to the point. Make sure you document your answer with exhibits. Also make sure you have a table of contents. Write your RFE in a way thats easy to navigate. Keep in mind that an actual person will be reading your RFE, thus the more comprehensible your RFE is the better your chances for approval.
9. Use a lawyer if you can afford one point 7
Using a lawyer can make a big difference. Often times RFEs have important points of law which need to be addressed by someone with legal knowledge. For example, lately, the Neufeld Memo regarding H-1Bs involves many important points of law that only someone with legal knowledge will be able to adequately tackle. You should remember that only an attorney can give legal advice. Do not be fooled by unscrupulous consultants not licensed to practice law. Is it worth losing your immigration case just to save some money? Do not forget that denial of your case can result in a permanent ban. Again, having a good lawyer on your side can make a big difference.
10. Remember to put the colored paper (rfe) on the top point 8
Most RFEs are sent in colored paper (usually blue). It is essential that this colored letter goes above all your answers including the cover letter. Failure to do this might delay your case or even possibly lead to a rejected case.
11. Make sure you are mailing to the right address point9
The RFE will indicate where you should mail your answer. Make sure you are mailing it to the right address. If you fail to comply, the answer will probably be lost and you may get a denial.
12. Be polite when answering points 10
Last but not least, be polite when you write your RFE. I have seen cases where the person answering will be insulting USCIS because they have either asked for something already submitted or asking for clarification in a non relevant matter. Remember, many cases are decided by the discretion of the adjudicating officer. Answering in a polite and civilized manner can go a long way towards helping your case.
The slides presented are just a few points to remember when answering an RFE. Unfortunately, there are many other issues to consider in your answer. We always recommend having legal assistance while filing a case. Remember a well prepared case usually results in a positive outcome.
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