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What is a NOID and why did I receive one?


     Immigration law is quite intricate to navigate on your own without professional, legal counsel. There can be many unpredictable twists and turns that arise from filing a single application. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, more commonly known as USCIS, are the ones entrusted with accepting a newly filed immigration application, reviewing it, and coming up with a decision of approval or denial.

     Naturally, every applicant wishes for their visa, sponsorship, citizenship, green card, asylum, etc., to be approved by the immigration agent assigned onto their case, yet that is not always the circumstance. Should your application for any reason be found unfit, without enough evidence and support, you will most likely receive a notification from USCIS in the form of a letter known as a NOID. The acronym stands for Notice of Intent to Deny and it is sent out as a way to inform the applicant their form is incomplete or inconsistent in one way or another. This is a cannot-miss chance to supply the required documents before the immigration agent makes a decision on your case. The notice most certainly comes with a strict deadline by which it must be submitted, this deadline cannot typically be extended and should you miss it, the consequences can be greatly undesirable.

     A letter of a notice of intent to deny is a second chance at approval, in disguise. Typically, should a NOID letter go unnoticed, unread or the applicant chooses to disregard it – the application will most certainly be denied altogether. No one wants this outcome and it is vital to respond to the letter in the time-frame provided and respond fully to every part of the requirements of the letter. If an applicant does not already have legal counsel, it is essential to consult with a well-practiced immigration law attorney and strongly encouraged to consider retaining their services to ensure every issue is well explained.

     An experienced immigration lawyer will know exactly what to do in the instance a notice of intent to deny letter is received. An immigration attorney’s job is to compile the necessary paperwork, supplement any missing documentation and evidence and submit the NOID on behalf of their retained client within the allotted time-frame. Sometimes people may choose to complete this process on their own, and while in some instances that is suitable, this is many applicants first time and is it exceptionally important to ensure the response to the letter is done fully and correctly in order to avoid anymore legal repercussions.

     If you have found yourself in this particular situation with a notice of intent to deny letter in your hand, you can turn to The Law Offices of Eugene Mogilevsky, LLC for legal immigration assistance. The most important thing when faced with a NOID letter from the immigration services, is to ensure you reply in a timely manner and follow all instructions provided in the letter. Should you, for any reason, fail to meet any of the requirements within the letter, it could drastically impact the nature of your case and legal immigration status.

     Sometimes, depending on the type of visa you apply for, whether it is a K-1 fiancé visa, U-visa, green card or asylum application, sponsorships and more - there could potentially be a chance to reapply for the same visa or perhaps wait a mandatory waiting period before you are able to file again. However, more often than not, should you fail to comply with the requirements of the NOID there are applications that once denied, could mean the beginning of the process of being removed from the country. This is, of course, the worst-case scenario, needless to say, any correspondence to and from the immigration services is of the utmost importance and should be treated as such. Again, this is all subject to change and entirely depends on the nature of your specific case, visa, sponsorship, prior application history, and much, much more.

     Your life and your future are in your hands so you must ensure the safety of your future by educating yourself on all possible legal immigration options. Here at The Law Offices of Eugene Mogilevsky, LLC we have experienced immigration law attorneys to assist our clients the best that we can today – for a better tomorrow! If you’d like to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney you can contact our office by submitting an online Contact Form at Contact Us | The Law Offices of Eugene Mogilevsky ( or you can call our office directly at (317) 743-7958 and one of our receptionists will be happy to schedule you for a consultation!

Disclaimer: This blog post if for education and information purposes only and is not to be taken as legal advice in any capacity. Reading this blog does not constitute or establish an attorney-client relationship.