U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) realized recently that some
Requests for Evidence (RFEs) were issued to petitioners for Special Immigrant
Religious Workers (Form I-360) and these did not take into account the supporting
evidence that was included with the petition. These generic RFEs requested
are said to be with respect to eligibility criteria, regardless of the evidence
initially submitted by the petitioner.
USCIS had discontinued the use of generic RFEs as of On January 29, 2007.
The affected petitioners do not have to respond to these generic RFEs. The
affected petitioners can however, respond to these RFEs pointing out the evidence
already submitted and submitting any other missing evidence if they choose.
The petitions shall not be denied for abandonment due to the failure to respond
to these generic RFEs.
USCIS after reviewing each of these petitions, will send a case-specific Request
for Evidence to affected petitioners to request the specific additional supporting
evidence required for adjudication if and where needed.