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USCIS directs adjudicators to deny more applications without issuing a Request for Evidence

  1. Date Announced

    July 13, 2018

    USCIS adjudicators are authorized to deny a family-based or employment-based application or petition without issuing a request for evidence (RFE) or notice of intent to deny (NOID), if the original submission lacks sufficient evidence to establish eligibility for the benefit. [ID #731]

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Sept. 11, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • On June 3, 2013, USCIS issued a policy memo titled “Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny,” which stated that an adjudicator should issue an RFE unless there was “no possibility” that the deficiency could be cured by submission of additional evidence. The effect of the “no possibility” policy was that only statutory denials (such as a denial where a nonexistent benefit is requested) would be issued without an RFE or a NOID.

    USCIS Policy Memo 602-0085: Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny


Business Roundtable letter regarding immigration policy changes

Letter to DHS Secretary Nielson from Business Roundtable objecting to policy changes sowing concern and uncertainty among employees. Response from USCIS Director Cissna attached.

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