Request for Review Tip Sheet
What may I do if U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denies my application for refugee status?
There is no appeal for a denial of an application for refugee status. However, USCIS may exercise its discretion to review a case upon timely receipt of a Request for Review (RFR) from the principal applicant or a third party if the principal applicant waives his/her rights to confidentiality. The request must include one or both of the following:
(1) A detailed explanation of a significant error made by the adjudicating officer; and/or
Generally, USCIS will accept only ONE REQUEST that is postmarked or received by USCIS at the designated filing location within 90 days from the date of the denial notice. Information about where to file may be found at the following links:
What do I need to know about writing an RFR?
The following information is VERY IMPORTANT so please follow each instruction carefully.
What else should I know?
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/26/2011
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