The deadline within which you have to respond to your RFE will be listed in itself. If you miss this date, your application may be denied due to abandonment or incomplete documentation.
This means that you need to carefully look at your RFE, prepare a response on your own, hire an immigration lawyer who will help you out, and make sure you don’t miss the deadline.
If you have filed an initial application but moved after that, it’s essential to notify the USCIS about it and provide them your new mailing address so that any notice can be delivered to you. If you travel away from home for a long time and if it’s possible, it is always a good idea to have a forwarding address in the place, you will reside.
In the event of missing either of these steps, you will be likely to receive an RFE notification on the wrong address without being notified, which will result in missing the response deadline and losing a to respond appropriately.
The amount of time you get to respond to an RFE will mostly depend on the level of difficulty surrounding the request’s requirements. Usually, the deadline the most applicants get is somewhere between 30 and 84 days. Remember that this is one of the most important aspects of responding to an RFE, to meet the specified deadline set out by USCIS, and not even a day later. Moreover, the sooner you can provide USCIS with the requested evidence, the better your chances of an accurate and effective response are. Missing this deadline will lead you to the opportunity to file an appeal to reopen your application, but this is a step that should be avoided in any circumstances unless you encountered legit events that prevented you from responding promptly.
When it comes to the NOID, this notice will also include the time of how long you have to respond, which is usually 30 days. Here, you should know that there are three additional days for mailing besides this limit, considering the date highlighted on the NOID’s top.
Typically, this period is not flexible, which means that if you cannot gather all of the evidence on time, USCIS will eventually deny your case.
Having in mind the current situation due to the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS made some exceptions. It stated that if you receive a NOID dated between March 1 and September 11, 2020, you will be given some extra time. Accordingly, you can respond up to 60 calendar days after the response date outlined in your NOID.
In order to prevent a denial, we advise you to submit as much evidence as you have, no matter whether you consider some of it sufficient. If there is some information that takes more time to get and this doesn’t depend on you, along with gathering evidence, attach a letter advising USCIS that you will supplement more information as soon as possible. If you have any proof that you commenced collecting additional evidence that will support your application, provide it to the USCIS, as well. In this way, you will let USCIS know that you are waiting for the missing information and serious in proving your bona fide marriage.