You may receive a RFE (Request for Evidence) from the USCIS if they need more information, before making a decision on your application for your K1 marriage visa, K3/CR1 visa or adjustment of status. RFE is not an absolute denial, but it does mean that the USCIS found something dissatisfactory with the application you’ve submitted. Not every application for a marriage visa will be sent an RFE, so if you do receive one, ensure you follow the steps below.
3 Must-DOs for Responding to a Request for Evidence (RFE)
1. Return by Deadline
You must return the RFE by the deadline. If you fail to do so, your application may be considered abandoned or denied. There are no second chances with RFE, so make sure you submit it in good time. Use a recorded delivery service, so there is no question later on of when your RFE was delivered to the USCIS.
2. Partial is better than None
If you are unable to gather all the information requested on the RFE, provide what you can. If you don’t submit anything by the deadline, your application will not be progressed further. However, if you submit whatever you have, then USCIS will make a decision by taking that information into consideration.
If this is the case with your RFE, that you only have partial information to provide, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance on how to proceed.
We may be able to assist you as often there are substitutes you can provide, or make your case in a way that what you don’t have may not hinder your application.
3. Make Copies before Submission
Ensure you make copies of the RFE (Request for Evidence) notice itself, and keep it for your records because you will be submitting the original blue page back to the USCIS. Also keep a copy of the shipping receipt in case there is a question of whether it was received by USCIS.
Also keep copies of any information you provide with your RFE.
If you receive a RFE because of red flags in your circumstances, then be careful and consider getting expert advice. RFE is a one-shot deal, and you have to provide the information requested, within the time allotted, or your application will be denied.
You can use it to your advantage by considering it an opportunity to make your case, and providing the USCIS with the information that will work in your favour. If you need help or have any further questions, contact us at email@example.com
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There has been a lot of political posturing in Washington, D.C., but lawmakers appear to be moving steadily towards passing Immigration Reform.
In the Senate, there appeared to be a problem with many Republicans who thought that the border security measures were not strong enough, possibly killing a bipartisan deal among Senators. However, Senators from both parties recently announced a compromise measure that would require major increases in fences and enforcement officers at the border, and that’s been enough to get several skeptical Republicans to announce their support.
Expect the Senate to hold a final vote on Immigration Reform in the next few days and to pass it.
Since Obama has already said he supports the Senate’s Immigration Reform proposal, the last remaining obstacle is the House of Representatives. Many representatives in the Republican majority have made it sound like a deal may not be possible, like by suggesting there will be no path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants – something Democrats insist must be in any Immigration Reform.
All eyes are on John Boehner, the Speaker of the House and leader of the Republican majority. He has not yet been clear about what kind of strategy he will be using, but he has predicted that Immigration Reform will pass by the end of the year.
Things are starting to pick up on Immigration Reform from both houses of Congress. First of all, the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the Gang of Eight plan with just a few changes. The vote was 13 to 5, with Republican Senators Orrin Hatch (UT), Linsdsey Graham (SC), and Jeff Flake (AZ) joining all ten Democrats in supporting the bill.
In two significant last minute amendments, the committee agreed to make some changes that would make it easier for companies to employ H-1B workers if less than 15% of their workers were on H-1B visas (this amendment was the price for Sen. Hatch’s vote). In a setback to supporters of same sex marriage, Democrats agreed not to push through an amendment that would have granted Green Cards to same sex couples who were legally married (although the Supreme Court may make a ruling in the next month that forces them to allow that anyway).
The bill will go before the Senate floor next week. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has said that he would not block the bill by requiring 60 votes to proceed, which is a sign that he thinks this bill is destined to pass with support from both parties.
In the House of Representatives, a bipartisan group came to an agreement on an Immigration Reform bill last week, although all the details have not been released. We do know that the House compromise has a slightly longer path to citizenship for people here illegally and that there are some lingering disagreements about the number of low skilled worker visas and how new immigrants will pay for their health care.
It seems unclear how the House of Representatives will handle Immigration Reform. They might try to do their own version of a bill based on this bipartisan compromise, but reform supporters are pushing them to adopt the Senate’s bill and reform opponents are pushing them to block Immigration Reform. How the House of Representative will handle this in the coming weeks is now the single biggest obstacle in passing Immigration Reform.
Over the past week, the Senate Judiciary Committee has been working on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, marking up and amending the Gang of Eight’s original plan. As I mentioned in a previous post, in this process Senators have the ability to either strengthen or effectively kill Immigration Reform. Unfortunately, in recent days, many Republicans in the Judiciary Committee have been dropping hints that they might try to make changes to the bill that could delay or kill Immigration Reform. The focus has been on two Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham (SC) and Jeff Flake (AZ), who were part of the “Gang of Eight” who introduced the original version of the draft. Would they stick with the strong Gang of Eight plan, or would they join other Republicans in weakening Immigration Reform?
Thankfully, Senators Graham and Flake stuck by their allies in the Gang of Eight and made sure that Immigration Reform stayed strong. They sided with Immigration Reform and prevented passage of amendments that would have delayed or blocked a legalization program for undocumented immigrants, or would have increased border security beyond what the Gang of Eight otherwise agreed to.
Several other technical amendments were approved that will not make any significant changes to the changes previously mentioned. An amendments that would have tripled the H-1B cap was defeated.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will do a little more work on Immigration Reform next week, and then the bill will go before the full Senate.
For beginners looking to find more about K1 fiancé visa process, I am sharing some information to assist you. If you are a U.S. citizen romantically involved in a relationship with your foreign fiancé and you wish to marry and settle in the U.S. then the K1 visa is one of the best ways. I like the K1 visa because it is easy and faster than obtaining a K3 spouse visa or a CR1 spouse visa.
The K1 visa process is just a one step for the fiancé and allows them to enter the U.S. After the K1 visa petition is approved your foreign fiance needs to enter in US and get married. They can obtain their permanent residency, many know it as a Green card, by applying for their Adjustment of Status.
You, the U.S. citizen, should file Form I-129F with USCIS making an official request to allow their foreign fiancé to enter in the U.S. with the intention of getting married. Remember, your fiancé will need to attend a marriage interview at the U.S. embassy in their home country. They will be asked to bring supporting documents and questions related to the documents as well ensuring this relationship is for real with the intention of getting married once in the U.S.
To qualify for the K1 visa, the steps are somewhat straightforward. You, the U.S. citizen, should be:
- In a relationship with foreigner living abroad
- Have met at least once in the last two years
- Single and able to marry as should your fiance
- If any of you were once married, then it be legally ended
- Of legal age and willing to marry and reside in US after getting married as should your fiance.
These are the key K1 visa requirements, click to take the K1 Visa Marriage Quiz and verify whether you meet the K1 visa requirements.
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If you require assistance with your K1 fiance visa, consider using the Visa Streamline System to assist you with your K1 visa application without paying the high lawyer fees.