Requests for evidence have become an increasingly common trend for O-1 visa applications. These requests for evidence, or “RFEs,” require documentation demonstrating the extraordinary ability of O-1 visa applicants. According to USCIS data, in 2019, there was a close to 30% rate of RFEs. This is the highest level since 2015.
When there is a lack of documentation or supporting evidence in a visa petition, the USCIS will send an RFE. If there is any claim in a petition that is not well-supported, an RFE will be issued and sent to the applicant. Your application processing will then be placed on hold until you have provided the requested evidence. The RFE will contain a deadline for submitting the evidence, and failure to meet this deadline could result in your application stalling.
RFEs can be issued for a variety of reasons. However, in O-1 visa cases, most RFEs are issued for some common reasons. In order to qualify for an O-1 visa, there are specific evidentiary criteria that must be met. You have to have received a major internationally or nationally recognized award in your field or meet three of eight evidentiary criteria. Evidence must be submitted to demonstrate that you meet the qualifications. Some common RFEs include:
If you are applying for an O-1 visa and need help with a request for evidence, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney. At Serving Immigrants, Inc., we have the experience and the knowledge to guide you through the application process. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a strategy session.