Tag Archives: freedom of information act

USCIS Customer Service Tools Outage

USCIS is planning to conduct a system maintenance from 5 AM to 6 PM (Eastern) on Sunday, June 1, 2014. During this outage, the following online tools will be unavailable: Case Status Check e-Request Change of Address Online Processing Time Check Civil Surgeon Locator FOIA Status Check Forms by Mail Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys […]

Homeland Security Launches New FOIA Request Form

The Department of Homeland Security has continuously sought to improve the customer experience when submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. In April 2012, the DHS Privacy Office redesigned their FOIA website, in order to improve usability. Earlier this month, the DHS Privacy Office deployed a consolidated web-based form, which allows FOIA requesters to […]

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FOIA Requests for Form I-130

The USCIS National Records Center (NRC) has confirmed that for FOIA requests seeking a complete and unredacted copy of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, a G-28 and/or consent must be completed by both the petitioner and beneficiary of the petition. Otherwise, the released I-130 will be redacted to exclude the information of the non-consenting […]

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Court Rules ICE Failed to Satisfy FOIA Requirements in Council’s Suit to Compel Disclosure of Records

A federal district court recently issued an opinion addressing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) failure to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  According to the court, ICE did not show that it had conducted an adequate search for records in response to the American Immigration Council’s (Council) FOIA request regarding noncitizens’ […]