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A new USCIS policy allows immigration officials to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a request for evidence (RFE).

According to Lee Francis Cissna, who is the Director of USCIS, the policy restores “full discretion to our immigration officers to deny incomplete and ineligible applications and petitions submitted for immigration benefits.”

In the past, applicants would receive an RFE if their submission packet was missing necessary supporting documents or included any errors. Although sometimes annoying, RFEs served as a second chance for applicants whose cases might otherwise be refused.

As of September 11, 2018, immigration officials can deny any application, petition, or request without first issuing an RFE if they are missing necessary documents or include errors.

It is more important than ever to make sure that your case is strong as possible before submission.