I am preparing the I-130
petition documents for my wife's immigration application based on your
excellent DIY package. Please explain the difference of 'additional
evidence' and the 'initial evidence', in case of Request For Evidence
(RFE). Thank you.
If the USCIS determines that a Request For Evidence (RFE) must be
issued, then the RFE will cover all needed evidence. If the RFE is for
“additional evidence” which is required to assist
an USCIS officer in making a decision rather than an RFE for
“initial evidence” which is required to make a
If the RFE is for “initial evidence” which is
requested by an USCIS officer to determine whether or not the petition
meets the basic requirements, then the processing of application will
be put on hold until the information and evidence are received. The
applicant will only be entitled to the interim benefits after receipt
of the requested evidence.