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Practice Advisory: Avoiding Requests for Evidence in Refugee Family Reunification Petitions

IRAP’s new practice advisory shares best practices for avoiding Requests for Evidence (RFEs) in U.S. refugee family reunification (I-730) petitions for refugees and for identifying and responding to improperly issued RFEs.

Resettled refugees seeking to reunite with their families in the U.S. through the I-730 petition (also known as follow-to-join petition) process commonly face long delays. Delays have grown by more than 850 percent in the last decade in just the first stage of processing, during which USCIS evaluates whether a qualifying relationship exists. One reason for this growth in wait times is USCIS’s increasing use of “requests for evidence” (“RFEs”) to require additional evidence. Often, these RFEs are unlawful because they violate USCIS’s own policies. This practice advisory, which is divided into two parts, is aimed at helping practitioners avoid delay-causing RFEs and identify instances where the RFE may be unlawful.

You can access IRAP’s Practice Advisory on Avoiding Requests for Evidence in Refugee I-730 Petitions here.

IRAP’s practice guides are intended for legal practitioners. If you would like more general legal information about family reunification processes or to request help from IRAP, please use IRAP’s Legal Information website

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