Three Steps to Take After Being Injured in a Car Accident

Three Steps to Take After Being Injured in a Car Accident

 

Experiencing a car accident can be incredibly overwhelming. From personal injuries to damaged vehicles, car accidents can be traumatic, and often times, expensive. Luckily, an experienced personal injury law firm can help you receive the financial compensation you need to recover. Below are three steps to take after sustaining an injury in a car accident:

1. Take Care of Yourself and Any Injured Person

Your first priority after experiencing a car accident should be you and any passengers in your vehicle. Remember to seek immediate medical attention, and if possible, ensure that all injured parties in your vehicle seek medical attention, as well. The health and safety of those involved should always come first after experiencing a car accident.

2. Once Everything is Stable, Start Collecting Information

Once the situation is stable and all persons involved are safe – or, with the help of an uninjured person who was not involved in the collision – start collecting information on the incident. There are four main categories of information needed if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim:

  • Insurance and driver information
  • Accident Exchange Information or report number
  • Vehicle damage
  • Witness information
  • Medical records and receipts

If you are able, make sure to collect the insurance and driver information of the other driver. This includes taking a picture of the other driver’s car insurance, and taking a picture of their driver’s license. This information will be helpful if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.

Accident Exchange Information or report numbers by an agency investigating a car accident are essential in personal injury claims. If you are able, call 911 after the car accident. The police will arrive at the scene and document the accident in a police report. After the officer concludes the investigation, you will be given a police report number or an Accident Exchange Form which will contain all the necessary information for all the drivers involved, including vehicle and insurance information. If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, this information can help your attorneys prove that the other party was at fault or cited for the collision. Officers will also interview witnesses and take photos of the scene. Determining liability for a car accident can be much more difficult or take longer without a police report. To maximize your chances of a successful personal injury claim, make sure to call 911 after a car accident to report the incident.

Documentation of vehicle damage is also essential to a successful personal injury claim. Photos and videos of the vehicles and the scene of the accident can help your attorneys calculate the damages from the accident. If you are able, take as many pictures and videos of the vehicles and scene after the accident.

Witnesses can help you win your personal injury claim. If you can, make sure to collect the names and phone numbers of any individuals at the scene who witnessed the accident. If you see a pedestrian who witnessed the accident, or if someone pulls over to help after the collision, write down their information. Their statement may help your attorneys prove liability of the other party if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.

Lastly, medical documentation is vital in a personal injury claim. Remember to save all medical records and medical receipts related to your injuries from the car accident. This documentation can help your attorneys calculate the damages from the collision, and in turn, your attorneys can help you recover the expenses.

3. Call a Law Firm Early

Calling a law firm early on after a car accident is vital. Your personal injury attorneys can help you preserve evidence, follow up on information, and file a personal injury claim in a timely manner. Call a personal injury law firm promptly after a car accident. Experienced and high-quality legal representation is key to recovering proceeds in a personal injury claim.

Cronus Law has vast experience in car accident personal injury cases. Our attorneys can help you collect the right evidence and recover the compensation you deserve. Cronus Law genuinely cares about our clients and their recovery post-accident. Cronus Law will provide high-quality, compassionate, and experienced personal injury representation. Cronus Law also helps our clients at no additional cost with the property damage claim from the accident – a stark difference from other firms, who do not offer this service because property damage claims often do not yield any money for attorneys.

Cronus Law cares about you and your recovery. If you or a loved one you know have sustained an injury during a car accident, call Cronus Law today at (480) 467-3188 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Lawsuit Alleges Two Southwest Airlines Pilots Hid Camera in Lavatory

Oct. 25, 2019 – Phoenix, Arizona – – A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Southwest Airlines (SWA) flight attendant and her husband alleges two Southwest pilots installed a hidden camera and recorded video of passengers and crew members in the plane’s lavatory during a February 2017 flight.

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman aviation attorneys Ronald L. M. Goldman, Diane Marger Moore and A. Ilyas Akbari, and employment law attorneys John Jeffrey Bouma, Larry J. Cohen and Erin Hertzog from Cronus Law, represent the plaintiffs, Renee Steinaker and David Steinaker.

The Steinakers initially filed their lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona on October 25, 2018 (Case No. CV2018-013417). An amended complaint was filed on June 11, 2019. On August 23, 2019 their case was moved to U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages against defendants Southwest Airlines Co., a Texas corporation, and SWA pilots Terry Graham and Ryan Russell, who both reside in Texas.

The causes of action cited in the complaint include:

  • Intentional or Reckless Infliction of Emotional Distress (Against All Defendants)
  • Negligence (Against Southwest Airlines)
  • Invasion of Privacy (Against All Defendants)
  • Sexual Harassment (Against All Defendants)
  • Violation of 29 U.S.C.§ 157-Retaliation (Against Defendant Southwest Airlines)

Renee and David Steinaker are both Southwest Airlines flight attendants who have worked at the company for decades. The couple alleges that Graham and Russell, in the scope of their employment as Southwest pilots, set up a camera in the lavatory in a Southwest plane that recorded and streamed video to an iPad mounted to the windshield of the cockpit.

Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant: Pilots Hid Secret Camera in Plane’s Restroom

On Feb. 27, 2017, Renee Steinaker was one of four flight attendants working aboard SWA Flight 1088, a non-stop flight from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Phoenix, Arizona. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 commercial airliner, was equipped with both forward and aft lavatories for use by the passengers and crew.

According to the complaint, roughly two and a half hours into the flight, Captain Terry Graham asked for a flight attendant to come into the cockpit so that he could use the restroom. Southwest Airlines protocol required that there be two crew members in the cockpit at all times. For this reason, if a pilot expressed a need to leave the cockpit for any reason, a flight attendant would be obligated to report to the cockpit and remain there until that pilot returned. Ms. Steinaker responded to the Captain Graham’s request by reporting to the front of the aircraft and entering the cockpit after he exited. Upon entering the cockpit, Steinaker observed an iPad mounted to the windshield left of the flight captain’s seat. On the iPad screen, she saw what appeared to her to be a live streaming video of Graham in the forward lavatory. At that point, First Officer Russell was in command of the aircraft due to the Captain’s absence from the cockpit.

Steinaker alleges she asked first officer Ryan Russell whether the iPad was streaming video from a camera in the forward lavatory. According to the allegations, with a panicked look on his face, Russell admitted that it was live streaming.

The lawsuit states that Steinaker had used the forward lavatory during the flight, as had other passengers, including young children.

In confessing that the live stream camera was functioning, Russell tried to convince Steinaker that cameras were a top-secret security measure that had been installed in the lavatories of all Southwest Airlines’ 737-800 planes, the lawsuit alleges; at the same time Russell then “ordered” that Steinaker not say a word to anyone about the cameras or the recording she had seen, because she was not supposed to know about this new security measure. He also indicated that the camera was hidden in the lavatory so that no one would ever find it, the lawsuit states.

Steinaker advised Russell that she wanted to document her observations to report the issue because she believed she had witnessed criminal or unlawful conduct. She pulled out her mobile phone and took a picture of the iPad which, at the time, displayed Graham in the restroom.

According to the complaint, when Graham came back into the cockpit from the lavatory, Russell left the cockpit and went to the same lavatory that Graham had used. While Steinaker was alone in the cockpit with Graham, she confronted him about the cameras, though he refused to respond to any of her questions. Grahamthen allegedly blocked Steinaker’s view of the iPad by positioning his arm and shoulder in a manner that obstructed her line of sight.

After she left the cockpit, Steinaker shared her observations with the other flight attendants and showed them the picture she had taken in the cockpit.

When the plane arrived in Phoenix, Graham and Russell immediately disembarked, leaving the plane unattended by piloting staff. According to the lawsuit, this was both unusual and a violation of Southwest Airlines protocol.

Graham, the lawsuit maintains, also left a loaded firearm unattended in the cockpit, violating Federal Aviation Administration regulations and posing a safety hazard to passengers, airline staff, and airport personnel.

According to the lawsuit, Steinaker and other crew members immediately filed a written incident report to Southwest describing what she had observed, along with a copy of her photograph of the iPad. Steinaker specifically expressed her concern for the passengers and crew members, including herself, who had utilized the lavatory on the flight. This report was hand-delivered to Southwest Airlines management personnel.

Steinaker and the other crew members also informed management personnel that Graham and Russell had a short layover in Phoenix and were scheduled to fly another flight to Nashville, Tennessee. If the pilots were permitted to leave, Steinaker worried they would further remove, hide, or destroy evidence of their wrongdoing. She and the other flight attendants requested that management obtain the cockpit recordings from the flight to corroborate the details they described in the incident report, as well as the feed from Graham’s iPad and the camera footage from the airplane gate for the flight.

According to the lawsuit, Graham and Russell were permitted to depart to Tennessee on time with a new staff of flight attendants. Southwest Airlines told Steinaker and the other flight attendants that it would investigate the incident. But the airline also directed Steinaker and her fellow crew members to refrain from disclosing the incident to anyone. Steinaker’s supervisor ordered her not to talk to anybody about what happened, the lawsuit alleges. The complaint alleges that the supervisor warned Steinaker: “if this got out, if this went public, no one, I mean no one, would ever fly our airline again.”

Steinaker, Her Husband, Other Flight Attendants on Flight 1088 Have Been Monitored and Intimidated Following Lavatory Incident, Lawsuit Alleges

In the days following the incident, Ms. Steinaker became physically ill at the recognition that Graham and Russell had watched and possibly recorded her, fellow crew members, and passengers disrobing and using the toilet. She was unable to work for several days, sought counseling, and continues to have physical, emotional, and mental injuries as a result of the incident.

The lawsuit alleges that since the incident, Southwest Airlines has engaged in a pattern of retaliation and monitoring efforts to silence and intimidate all four flight attendants on Flight 1088. Renee Steinaker’s husband, David Steinaker, who was not on Flight 1088, also an experienced and long-term flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, has been subject to various forms of harassment by his employer since Renee reported this incident to her superiors at Southwest Airlines.

The complaint further alleges that Southwest Airlines’ managers made it known to Steinaker and the other crew members of Flight 1088 that their jobs and livelihood would be in jeopardy if they chose to bring these bizarre behaviors by Southwest pilots to light.

Renee Steinaker is routinely given performance audits in which a manager gate-checks her and observes her in person during the entire flight, per the complaint. The repeated nature and intensity of these checks distinguish them from the random checks conducted by Southwest before this incident, according to the lawsuit.

Likewise, the lawsuit maintains that David Steinaker was subjected to at least five audits in the course of a few months following the incident, when in his prior 24 years of service, he only had approximately three audits in total.

One or more of the other flight attendants aboard Flight 1088 were subjected to unjustified “random” drug and alcohol testing; one flight attendant was forced to undergo multiple drug tests in a very short time period after the incident, according to the complaint.

As for the pilots, Terry Graham and Ryan Russell, the lawsuit states that neither has been sanctioned by the airline; both continue to pilot commercial flights for Southwest Airlines.

The lawsuit alleges that Southwest Airlines was negligent in hiring, retaining, and supervising Graham and Russell. Despite actual or constructive knowledge of the pilots’ aberrant propensities and actions, the lawsuit maintains that Southwest Airlines breached its duty of care to its employees by failing to take reasonable actions to protect Ms. Steinaker from Graham and/or Russell’s unlawful conduct on Flight 1088 and any subsequent flights on which she may be ordered to work with either of them.

Furthermore, Steinaker contends that, by permitting Graham and Russell to continue flying passengers and crew members without supervision or punishment, knowing that Renee Steinaker is not to discuss the incident with “anyone,” and by failing to inspect the aircraft that Graham and Russell fly to ensure that cameras are not installed in lavatories, Southwest allegedly inflicted and continues to inflict serious physical injury and emotional distress upon her.

Attorneys for the Plaintiff Comment on Lawsuit Against Southwest Airlines

“The cockpit of a commercial airliner is not a playground for peeping toms. Behavior that distracts and distresses crew members during flight compromises safety,” says Steinaker’s attorney, Ronald L. M. Goldman. “Every day that these two pilots are allowed to fly for the airline is another day that our client fears she will have to work with pilots she alleges have caused her significant harm.”

“Our client has been trained that her primary responsibility as a flight attendant is to provide passenger safety and security,” says Diane Marger Moore, who also represents Ms. Steinaker. “It is in large measure because she takes her responsibility to safety and passenger comfort seriously that Ms. Steinaker has risked her career to move forward with her complaint.”

About Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman

In practice for more than 40 years, the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman has obtained more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients across all areas of practice.

The firm’s aviation attorneys have litigated over 700 cases involving accidents and incidents against some of the largest airlines in the world, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Aero Mexico, Asiana Airlines, British European Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, EgyptAir, Germanwings, JetBlue, Korean Air, Pacific Southwest Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airline Systems, Southwest Airlines, SwissAir, TACA Airlines, TWA, United Airlines, and US Airways, among others.

About Cronus Law

Cronus Law, PLLC is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation to its clients. They have decades of experience in business law, real estate law, landlord/tenant law, employment law, civil rights and catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

Their lawyers understand the full scope of the complex judicial and administrative system their clients face. With offices throughout Arizona and attorneys licensed in multiple jurisdictions, Cronus Law provides aggressive, intelligent, goal-oriented legal and consulting services to our clients wherever their services are needed.

What Is Business Law & The Different Types (With Examples)

Business law is the law that governs what happens with commercial matters, and there are two main types: regulation of commercial entities and regulation of commercial transactions. Laws have evolved over centuries, and have had to adapt to changes in technology and society.

Types of Business Law

Here are some of the most common types of business law:

Employment Law

Especially in today’s modern workplace, it is vital for any company with even one employee to stay abreast of current employment laws. Are you required to offer health insurance or workers’ comp insurance? Has your business discriminated against an employee, or stood by while one employee committed sexual harassment against another? There are many areas where your company could face major financial liability, not to mention the potential loss of reputation when treating employees unfairly.

Immigration Law

There are more and more occasions where immigration law becomes an issue in modern businesses. Temporary employees, full-time employees, and special event workers may be from other countries. You need to know if you are following the law when dealing with foreign labor.

Consumer Goods Sales

The Uniform Commercial Code contains the laws governing financial transactions in the United States. The Code deals with everything from contracts to fraud to leases to secure transactions. Ambitious in its aim to consolidate the laws in one place, the Code is actually quite complex. Lawyers spend a lot of time learning about how to apply the UCC to actual business practice and can give businesses advice on how to stay compliant with the laws while staying productive.

Contract Drafting/Negotiations/Litigation

Whether for a property lease or for a product sale, contracts help make sure that the parties who are making a deal are on the same page. Attorneys can help make sure your best interests are represented when your business enters into a contract.

Antitrust

Antitrust laws help make sure the different businesses in a marketplace are operating on a level playing field. Some companies use unfair or deceptive practices in order to get a larger share of the market, and it may be difficult to identify unfair behavior in your own company. A business lawyer can help you make sure that your business is operating ethically while helping protect you from unfair actions by other companies.

Intellectual Property

Businesses may need to patent unique products in order to protect that work in the marketplace. Otherwise, anyone could sell a product your company worked hard to make. Copyright laws will protect creative work, and you will need to file for protection if your business is identified by a unique logo.

Taxes

Businesses may have to pay and/or figure several kinds of taxes:

  1. Income taxes for the profits of the company, which may be paid as personal income taxes for sole proprietorships or single-person LLCs or through a partnership business tax return. Partners earning profit from a business must report that income personally, too.
  2. Sales tax on services and/or products. Every state has different rules and there may be further complications when sales across state lines. If your business has a state income tax, you will probably be required to set up a system to collect, report, and pay the taxes you collect on a regular basis.
  3. Property tax on any real estate owned by your business. You may end up paying capital gains tax if you sell a business-owned property.
  4. Self-employment taxes, so that business owners will still pay into Social Security and Medicare. Normally employers take those taxes out of their employees’ paychecks.
  5. Employment or payroll taxes, including FICA taxes for Social Security and Medicare and workers’ compensation taxes.
  6. Dividend taxes on corporate shareholders. This is a kind of income tax based on the profits received from the business.
  7. Excise taxes on certain products your business uses, like fuel.

Bankruptcy

Sometimes businesses are forced into a bad situation because of circumstances beyond their control. There are several kinds of options, with different requirements and filings. Business lawyers can help find the best solution to what seems an impossible problem and will have experience with the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

Business Law Examples

Here are just a few examples of how attorneys can help your business:

Business Formation

Business law attorneys can give you advice when you are starting your company as to how to form and register your company. You will need to choose your business structure and decide how and where your business will operate. Your attorney will help make sure your business is protected from the beginning.

Contracts

Unless you have some experience with legal terminology, you may not understand all the complicated terms in a contract. Sometimes parties will try to take advantage of you by inserting clauses which are against your best interest or even changing the terms of the contract. Your attorney will make sure your rights and interests are protected.

Lawsuits

Many businesses don’t think to get an attorney involved until there is a lawsuit, but having an attorney assist with how your business operates can help you avoid many lawsuits. Sometimes a lawsuit is inevitable, and your attorney will work to mitigate the damage to your business. You may want to negotiate a settlement or go to trial and deny liability entirely, and your attorney will help you get through the complicated process of trial litigation.

Cronus Law, PLLC  proudly serves the residents, families, and businesses in and around  Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding cities.  Our attorneys have experience solving a wide variety of legal problems in many areas of civil and criminal law. If you need a flexible and knowledgeable attorney to help find a creative solution to your real estate problems, please feel free to call us at  (480) 467-3188 or visit our website, so you can see our areas of practice and learn more about our attorneys.

The Purpose of Law and Its Functions In Society

It is easy to understand how important laws are if you imagine a society trying to function without them. There is no way for one legal system to cover every situation because individuals and circumstances are unique.

In the U.S., there are a wide variety of laws, including laws created by legislatures, those created by administrative agencies, and laws created from tradition, or common law. Then there is a court system to help decide which laws apply in each situation and how the laws should be interpreted. It seems like a lot of rules, but all of them are important to help protect us in our day-to-day lives.

Functions of Law

Law fulfills several important functions, but these four are the most important:  

  1. Laws protect individual rights and liberties. The Bill of Rights was added to the U.S. Constitution to guarantee several important protections. The laws protect individuals from other individuals, from organizations, and even from the government. The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights prohibits the government from making any law that would interfere with an individual’s right to free speech. There are some exceptions based on what is considered free speech.
  1. Laws provide a framework and rules to help resolve disputes between individuals. Laws create a system where individuals can bring their disputes before an impartial fact-finder, such as a judge or jury. There are also legal alternatives where individuals work together to find a solution, such as by using alternative dispute resolution (ADR). There are courts at every level, from local to federal, to decide who should win in a dispute.
  1. Without laws, there would be no way to set standards. It is easy enough to see why murder and theft are crimes, but laws also provide a framework for setting many other kinds of standards. Without the Federal Code of Regulations, it would be difficult for individuals or businesses to transact businesses using banks. Federal regulations provide enforceable rules and protections regarding taxes, commercial transactions, employment laws, insurance, and other important areas.
  1. Laws help societies to maintain order. What would society be like without the rule of law? You might need to provide your own protection because there would be no police force or army.  Without federal banking protections, you might need to find other ways to get what you couldn’t provide for yourself. With the structure and organization of laws come order and predictability. Individuals can feel safe, leading to wider social structures and greater productivity.

Purpose of Business Law

Business law is unique because it has so many aspects of other areas of law. In order to understand such a complex subject, attorneys must understand diverse areas like commercial transactions, employment law, business formation and dissolution, and insurance law. Business law helps to protect not just the businesses but the owners, employees, and customers of the businesses.

The business attorneys at Cronus Law, PLLC  are flexible and knowledgeable problem solvers. We assist the residents, families, and businesses of Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding cities with simple and complex problems in the areas of business and real estate law. We can help with estate planning, civil litigation, and other matters. If you need assistance with an important legal matter, call us at  (480) 467-3188 or visit our website today.

E-2 Visa Requirements (And How To Acuire One)

The E-2 visa is also called the Investor visa. E-2 Treaty investors allow a foreign national of a specific country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business.

General Qualifications of a Treaty Investor

To qualify for E-2 classification, the treaty investor must:

  1. Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation
  2. Have invested, or be actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States
  3. Be seeking to enter the United States solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise.  This is established by showing at least 50% ownership of the enterprise or possession of operational control through a managerial position or other corporate devices.

On E-2 visa, you may:

  1. Work legally in the company that is the investment vehicle in the U.S.
  2. Travel freely in and out of the U.S.
  3. Stay on a prolonged basis with unlimited two-year extensions as long as you maintain E-2 qualifications
  4. Be accompanied by your dependents under 21, relatives and spouse. Your spouse may also work while in the U.S. while your dependents may attend U.S. schools, colleges, and universities, and do not have to apply for a separate student visa.

Who May File for Change of Status to E-2 Classification

If the treaty investor is currently in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status, he or she may file Form I-129 to request a change of status to E-2 classification.  If the desired employee is currently in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status, the qualifying employer may file Form I-129 on the employee’s behalf.

How to Obtain E-2 Classification if Outside the United States

A request for E-2 classification may not be made on Form I-129 if the person being filed for is physically outside the United States. Interested parties should refer to the U.S. Department of State website for further information about applying for an E-2 nonimmigrant visa abroad.  Upon issuance of a visa, the person may then apply to a DHS immigration officer at a U.S. port of entry for admission as an E-2 nonimmigrant.

Period of Stay

Qualified treaty investors and employees will be allowed a maximum initial stay of two years.  Requests for extension of stay may be granted in increments of up to two years each.  There is no maximum limit to the number of extensions an E-2 nonimmigrant may be granted.  All E-2 nonimmigrants, however, must maintain an intention to depart the United States when their status expires or is terminated.

Treaty Countries: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Congo, Romania, Senegal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Yugoslav.

The E-2 visa is a complex documented oriented process. It’s always a good idea to approach an immigration attorney before you start the process. For information, please give us a call(480) 787-0235 or email us at admin@cronuslaw.com.

What Is A Request For Evidence (And How To Respond)

Receiving a request for evidence (RFE), from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is one of the things you wish never happens to you in the immigration world. Rightly so, because it not only delays your immigration process even further but sometimes does not give you enough time to figure out how to get that evidence.

 

What Is A Request For Evidence

 

More often than not, when you file any petition or application with the USCIS, you will receive a colored paper after a few months called a request for evidence. This is USCIS’s way of telling you that they need more documents/explanation from you before they determine whether you are eligible for the benefit you are applying for.

 

How To Respond To A Request For Evidence

 

Here are some suggested “best practices” when responding to an RFE by AILA:

 

  1. For simple RFE responses, refer in your transmittal letter to the specific request(s) in the RFE and provide a checklist of documents or information you are providing. Index and tab any attachments to the response, such as an affidavit, employer letter, and documents
  2. For complex and/or multi-page RFEs, read the RFE several times slowly and break it down, topic by topic, paragraph-by-paragraph, and sentence-by-sentence to understand what issues are raised and how to write the response
  3. Organize the complex RFE response by using the structure of, and repeating the words used in the RFE itself. If you stray from the structure or words provided in the RFE, the response may be considered incomplete or could confuse the adjudicator. Try to break the response up into section headings by following the topics
  4. Gather any requested evidence
  5. Be prepared to research the law and use appropriate authority. A response to a request for general information that refers to the statute and regulations in a meaningful way can be very persuasive. On the other hand, citing law without explaining its relevance can undermine the presentation by alienating the adjudicator
  6. If the RFE requests documents or information already provided, say so in a respectful way. Avoid unnecessary displays of annoyance or sarcasm. Consider resubmitting the evidence with the RFE response as a convenience to the adjudicator
  7. Take note of 8 CFR §103.2(b)(16)(i)–(iv) regarding mandatory disclosure of derogatory information. Ask for additional information from USCIS and inform them of your willingness to respond to any additional concerns
  8. Proofread, edit, and revise the response, making certain you have covered all questions, requests and objections
  9. File the response timely. Use an express mail service and send it at least two days before the deadline
  10. Check the delivery service’s online tracking
  11. Check the USCIS’s online case status to determine if the RFE response was received and case processing has resumed
  12. Receive case updates electronically from USCIS

 

It is always recommended to hire an experienced attorney while sending in your response. Attaching the right documents and responding to their request correctly could be very tricky at times. There is always a high risk of getting a rejection and losing your immigrant/ non-immigrant status.

 

How To Avoid Requests For Evidence

 

The easiest way to avoid RFE is to get someone to file your petition or application right the first time! That someone should be an immigration attorney who’s done his research and knows what documents need to be attached.

 

If you do insist on filling it yourself, do your homework before filing anything. Visit the USCIS website or call an immigration attorney whenever you are unsure of what needs to be done.

 

For more information, please give us a call!