What is the Difference Between RFE, RFIE, and RFAE?

USCIS uses different terms to request additional information or clarifications during the processing of a petition. Here are the distinctions between RFE (Request for Evidence), RFIE (Request for Initial Evidence), and RFAE (Request for Additional Evidence):

  1. RFE (Request for Evidence):

– Definition: RFE is a generic request for more information or clarification related to an immigration petition.
– When Issued: After the initial review, if USCIS determines that the provided documentation is not sufficient to make a decision, they issue an RFE.
– Required Response: The recipient must provide the requested information for USCIS to continue processing the petition.

  1. RFIE (Request for Initial Evidence):

– Definition: Similar to RFE, RFIE is a request for additional information but is issued when the initial documentation provided by the petitioner is insufficient.
– When Issued: At the beginning of the review process if the initial documentation does not meet minimum requirements.
– Required Response: The recipient must provide the initial requested information to avoid delays in processing.

  1. RFAE (Request for Additional Evidence):

– Definition: RFAE is a request for additional information after receiving a response to a previous RFE or RFIE.
– When Issued: After USCIS reviews the response to an RFE or RFIE, if there is still a need for further clarification.
– Required Response: The recipient must provide the additional requested information for USCIS to proceed with the evaluation.

If you have received an RFE, RFIE, or RFAE and need specialized assistance in responding appropriately and effectively, contact Alexandre Law Firm. Our team is ready to guide you through the entire process.