Request for Evidence (RFE)

If you filed a fiancee visa petition ( K-1) or a marriage visa petition ( CR-1 or IR-1) by yourself or with the assistance of a "visa service", chances are you have received or will receive the dreaded Request for Evidence or RFE.

When this happens DO NOT attempt to answer it yourself.

If you do, even if you answer it correctly, there is a good chance that after it is reviewed by the USCIS you will receive a second RFE. This is because the first RFE does not always list all of the things that are wrong or missing from your petition.

If your reply to the RFE is not satisfactory to the USCIS, they will DENY your visa petition and then you will have to either start all over again by filing a new visa petition or give up the idea of ever bringing your fiancee or spouse to the U.S. The USCIS does not give you a second chance to correctly reply to an RFE.

Each RFE can delay your petition processing by anywhere from 6 - 12 months if you are successful with your response. If you are not successful, an RFE will result in your petition being denied.

If you receive an RFE please call us at 858-750-2516. We can usually reduce the time delay from the usual 6 - 12 months to 2 - 3 weeks from the date we answer the RFE.

If you hire us to answer the RFE, upon taking over your visa petition and application, we will do the following:

  1. Review the petition you previously filed that resulted in the RFE;
  2. Determine if there are any additional errors or omissions in your petition;
  3. Answer the RFE including any documents or information that we determine in #2 above were missing;
  4. When we receive the approval from the USCIS, keep in touch with the National Visa Center to ensure that your petition does not get delayed;
  5. When your petition is approved and transferred to the Consulate, keep in touch with the Consular officers to ensure that your application is not delayed;
  6. Prepare the financial packet your fiancee or spouse will need at the visa interview and mail it to you for your review and signature;
  7. Complete and email to your fiancee or spouse all of the forms he or she will need to give to the Consulate;
  8. When we receive your fiancee's or spouse's interview date, email he or she a list of the questions that particular Consulate is currently asking at the visa interviews;
  9. For a K-1 fiancee visa, after your fiancee enters the U.S. and marries you, give you a 50% reduction in our legal fee to handle your then spouse's adjustment of status (green card) application.