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What Are The Most Common RFEs Related to Economic Impact Studies?

September 25, 2015

Panelists: KEVIN WRIGHT, MICHAEL KESTER, RUPY CHEEMA, ROHIT KAPURIA

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Rupy C.: What are the most common RFEs you’re seeing these days on economic studies?

Michael K.: The most common include the business plan and the econometric study not matching up, and it’s just kind of automatic that USCIS isn’t going to trust either document if the numbers aren’t matching. Another red flag is lack of support for the inputs that are being used in the economic model, and the lack of verification and support for construction expenditures and/or operational revenues. These seem to be some of the big ticket ones we’ve been seeing.

Kevin W.: I would agree with that. The majority of the RFEs comes down to the verification of the inputs, and then oftentimes there is confusion between different versions of the business plan and the economic studies. We see a little bit more lately on the year of the data (2007 v. 2010), but still that’s minor in comparison to the number of RFEs based on a lack of verification of inputs.

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