USCIS Scrutiny of Evidence Submitted in Support of Initial Filings

USCIS recently posted a policy memorandum that provides guidance to USCIS adjudicators regarding their discretion to deny an application, petition or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required initial evidence was not submitted or the evidence on record fails to establish eligibility. This updated guidance is effective September 11, 2018. This policy update does not apply to DACA adjudications.