O1 Visa Approval After RFE
O1 Visa Approval After RFE is definitely possible. When an applicant submits an O1 visa application with the USCIS, one possible outcome of the petition or application is an O1 visa Request for Evidence (an “RFE”). This is a request for additional documents after a reviewing officer has determined that the petition/application lacks required evidence or that the officer needs more documentation to determine an applicant’s eligibility for the benefit sought. The notice will indicate what evidence is requested to complete the evaluation of the petition/application, where to send the additional documents, and the deadline for your response. The petition/application will be held during that time.
Keep in mind that this is not a denial of the application and does not mean that a denial of your application is imminent or inevitable. It simply means that the reviewing officer has determined that, in their opinion, the application was either lacking the required evidence or that more information is needed to make a final determination. An O1 Visa Approval After RFE is possible. While the reviewing officer strives to evaluate an application following the law, they are also human and make mistakes. We have received RFEs that request information or documents provided in the original application or misrepresent the law requirements. Though an RFE does not mean a denial of the application, it will delay the application’s processing and require additional work and expense. A careful response is required to get the application approved.
What Are My Options for Submitting a Response?
Generally speaking, you have three options when it comes to submitting a response to an RFE: (1) submit all of the requested documentation/information before the deadline, (2) submit a partial response by providing some of the evidence requested (if you submit a partial response, USCIS will consider the application of the information provided at that time), (3) do not respond to the RFE. If you do not respond to an RFE or fail to respond before the deadline, USCIS will either adjudicate the application without the requested documents or deem your application abandoned. In both scenarios, the result is usually a denial of the application.
Submitting a Response
Whether you submit all or some of the information requested, it is important to note that you only get one chance to respond to the RFE. USCIS requires that a response is submitted at one time; therefore, if you include only some of the documents requested by the RFE in your response, the government will take this to mean you want your file adjudicated based on the partial documents provided. While it is not advisable to submit a partial response, this may be a requirement due to time constraints or the limitation of available evidence. In rare instances, USCIS will issue an additional RFE or a NOID.
The length of time it takes to assemble and submit a response depends on the information requested in the RFE. Sometimes an RFE requests specific documents that were missing at the time of filing, while other requests are much more exhaustive. For example, our office recently submitted an RFE over 2000 pages, and the RFE response was longer than the original petition.
So remember not to get discouraged if you receive an RFE because there have been many O1 Visa Approval After RFE.