Being in immigration proceedings is frightening for most people. When they are told that their offerings are not enough, it can get even worse. Yet, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) routinely requests further evidence from those in proceedings, for a variety of reasons. If you receive one of these notices, it is important to understand it fully and not panic.
Requests for Evidence
Requests for Evidence (RFEs) can come from any immigration official once you are in proceedings, at any stage of review from then on. While usually they are simply to address any gaps in your information, at times, they can be issued erroneously or even used as ways to fish for potentially damaging information that is not truly relevant to your case. The significant majority, however, are genuine requests for further information, or to clarify something that the officer feels has not been fully explained.
It is important not to panic if you receive one of these. An RFE does not mean that your case will be denied or that there is something fundamentally wrong. However, it does mean that you need to obtain the information in question and reply within the time frame stated. Usually, this is 90 days, though the specific amount of time you will have to reply will usually be stated in the request itself. It does also mean that you must be able to interpret what is being requested. Sometimes, the request may not cite any specific documents; it will merely ask, for example, for “further evidence” regarding a specific criteria of your application. A potential asylee may be asked to provide “further evidence” of their alleged persecution. In these situations, a good immigration attorney can be a huge advantage.
Notices of Intent to Deny
Where an RFE is not necessarily a moment to panic, if you receive a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), that is potentially more serious. A NOID is issued in a few different situations, some of which are:
If you receive a NOID, it would generally be an extremely bad idea to attempt to negotiate it alone. NOIDs can be so complex and for such varied reasons that most people will not be able to accurately predict what an immigration officer requires, as it can be as vague as an RFE. An attorney on your side greatly increases your odds of successfully overcoming this hurdle.
Let Us Help You
Even though getting an RFE or a NOID may be very intimidating, it is important to keep calm and get the best help possible to provide USCIS with what they need. The skilled Chicago immigration attorneys at Mevorah Law Offices LLC have a history of success in these cases, and we will work hard to give you the best chance possible at receiving the benefit you are trying to obtain. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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