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USCIS to reissue RFE for Special Immigrant Religious Workers
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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.


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