I got an RFE notice today from USCIS. My concern is, we are leaving for Philippines on June 18, and I am returning on August 5. RFE's deadline is August 6, 2013.
Is it better to apply close to my arrival? So I won't worry about USCIS's decision while I am gone? My husband will be back early, and he can do this while I am gone. OR, should I file before we leave? If we file before we leave, USCIS will decide early, and if it is a denial, and I am out of the country, then I cannot appeal anymore.
Please enlighten me on this matter. I already secured a stamp on my passport from USCIS, anticipating this trip.
It is a good idea to respond to RFE quick, however, it is extremely important to discuss details of your case with an immigration attorney that would review your file.
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Once you answer to a RFE, it takes at least one month before you hear from uscis (often 3 to 6 months depending on the service center) and if uscis is not satisfied by your rfe, you would get an interview rather than a denial. And you can ask your interview to be rescheduled if you are still in the philippines.
Answer the RFE before you leave. Hire an immigration attorney to assist you.
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