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My H1b was picked up (for 2015) but got stuck at RFE, as this was raised by a consultant for me, how do I proceed?

You need to respond to the Request for Evidence (RFE)! An RFE is used by immigration services (USCIS) to ask for additional proof in order to make a decision on your case. But don’t panic, an RFE doesn’t mean your case has been denied or that it is more likely to be denied. You have a 30-90 day window to respond to the RFE and to provide the requested documentation to USCIS.

The key to replying to an RFE is to provide the USCIS with all the requested evidence before your deadline. This is extremely important as you only have one opportunity to respond to an RFE. One option is to “partially respond” which you should do if you haven’t compiled all of the evidence before the deadline.

Importantly, you should write in a clear and concise manner so that the reviewer doesn’t become confused. If you don’t respond or respond with evidence missing still then you run the risk of the USCIS issuing a denial or determining that you abandoned your application. Also, make sure you prepare an RFE cover letter that details the contents of your submission. As with most important things – make a copy of what you submit. Finally, after you submit, your wait time can unfortunately vary from a few days to a few months so don’t freak out if you haven’t heard back in a while. Feel free to try out LawTrades if you’re in need of an immigration attorney. Our site offers free price quotes and consultations!

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