In my pathway through the complex world of U.S. visas, I encountered a situation that I believe many of you might find insightful. I faced not one but two Requests for Evidence (RFEs) during my own O-1 visa application process. It was a challenging experience, but it provided me with invaluable lessons. In this blog, I want to share these lessons to help you deal with an RFE successfully.
(1) Patience Is Your Best Ally, Rushing Is Not Required
One of the first things I learned is that the immigration process is not a speed contest. The government doesn't favor quick responses. Take your time and ensure that your response is thorough and well-prepared.
(2) Collaborate with Your Immigration Attorney
Working closely with your immigration attorney is crucial. When you receive an RFE, go through it with your legal counsel to understand the requests and create a well-thought-out plan for addressing each point of contention.
(3) Develop a Clear Strategy
Strategizing with your attorney is essential. Determine the best approach to respond to the RFE. Will an immigration business plan, market study, feasibility analysis, or an expert opinion letter be necessary? Sometimes, a combination of these elements is the key to a successful response. A well-structured strategy is your battle plan.
(4) Clarity and Conciseness Matter
Adjudication officers appreciate clear and concise responses. Stick to the point and directly address the RFE's requests. Being organized in your response not only helps you but also makes their job easier.
(5) Think Creatively
Don't be afraid to get creative in your response. Sometimes, innovative approaches can be the most effective. The goal is to convey your point clearly and convince the officer that your case deserves approval.
(6) Embrace the Second Chance
Instead of dwelling on the setback of receiving an RFE, see it as a second chance to make a strong impression. Your case could have been denied outright, but this is an opportunity to clarify and demonstrate why your visa should be approved. Approach it with a positive attitude and ensure your response is robust and compelling.
Facing not one but two RFEs was a challenging experience, but it provided me with a deeper understanding of the immigration process. These lessons are not only beneficial for your visa application but also for any challenges you might encounter in your pursuit of success. Remember, the process is not a race, and with the right strategy and a positive outlook, you can overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.
Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in four different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.
Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.
At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.
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