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K1 Visa Applications: Is There an Increase in RFEs?

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As the title suggests, the video pertains to K-1 Fiancée visas and it specifically pertains to RFEs so-called, that’s an acronym for Request for Evidence.

It has been my experience over the years, that although no visa case is routine per se, every case is dependent on the factual nature and to the circumstances inherent to the given case, they do have certain qualities about them that are going to by and large remain significantly the same from case to case. The past few years I did not see an overly large incidents of so-called “request for evidence” associated with K-1 visa petitions, but here in the last, especially the last 2 or 3 months and we are recording this video in March 2018, I have been seeing a significant increase in request for evidence and oftentimes it’s evidence that in a way could be arguably deemed somewhat redundant compared to the evidence that was initially submitted. 

My personal opinion is this may in fact be a sort of by-product of the overall policy position of the current administration with respect to immigration. Things like the promulgation and the establishment of policies associated with so-called extreme vetting and the creation of the National Vetting Center under the auspices Department of Homeland Security. All of this basically shows, at the very least, a belief that heightened scrutiny with respect to Immigration matters is not only warranted but necessary in the context of processing these cases. So, the thing to take away from this video I have seen more Request for Evidence in the context of fiancée visas we have been seeking for those beneficiaries from Thailand and in some cases from other parts of south east Asia here. The thing to take away from this video is the sort of greater frequency of these RFEs I think are probably not some sort of anomaly.  I think it is fairly safe to say that this may become something of a routine thing. It might just become a situation where you can almost expect an RFE in a petition involving a foreign fiancée.  It remains to be seen, we will keep you updated on this channel. But the thing to take away from this video, I have seen more RFEs here recently. I think it is safe to assume we are going to probably see a larger relative percentage of RFE to non RFE cases moving forward.