Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)
Immigration applications (for Green Cards, Visas, a change in status, etc.) are sent to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). When your application is being reviewed, USCIS may determine that you have not fulfilled proper status requirements, there are questions with your background check, you haven’t supplied sufficient evidence to support your claims, or any number of similar reasons that may lead to a denial of your application. If you receive a NOID, you will have 30 days to respond; if you don’t respond within that time frame, your application will most likely be denied. However, a NOID can be successfully rebutted – especially with the help of an immigration attorney.
Request for Evidence (RFE)
The USCIS may decide to issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) instead of a NOID, especially if it is determined that information was inadvertently left out of an application or supporting evidence is insufficient. An RFE does not mean that USCIS is preparing to deny an application. However, it is necessary to respond to the request promptly (usually between 30 and 90 days).
You don’t have to respond to an RFE by yourself; an immigration attorney can help ensure you respond with all the required information within the requested time frame to receive the best possible outcome.
Border issues arise when an individual seeking entry into the United States is refused based on any number of reasons, such as insufficient or outdated paperwork, convictions or recent legal issues in the individual’s history. If you encounter problems when seeking entry into the U.S., an immigration attorney can help you understand the border issues and your best course of action.