How long does a USCIS FOIA request take?

How long does a USCIS FOIA request take?

Processing times for Form G-639 and other USCIS FOIA requests can vary significantly based on the nature of the request. Simple requests for specific documents may only take 4 to 12 weeks. However, more complex requests and requests for entire immigration files can take approximately 6 months.

What is USCIS Freedom of Information Act?

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA), you can request: Immigration records, whether your own or someone else’s with their permission; and. Agency policies, data, communications, and other records.

What types of things can not be requested through FOIA?

Information/data that is NOT covered by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) includes:

  • Non-agency records and personal records.
  • Public requests for access to physical artifacts or scientific samples (e.g. core samples, sediment, rocks, fossils, specimen samples, blood samples).

Can a Freedom of Information request be denied?

You can refuse an entire request under the following circumstances: It would cost too much or take too much staff time to deal with the request. The request is vexatious. The request repeats a previous request from the same person.

What if a Freedom of Information request is ignored?

The penalty is a fine. There are no financial or custodial penalties for failure to provide information on request or for failure to publish information. But you could be found in contempt of court for failing to comply with a decision notice, enforcement notice, or information notice.

Do you have to pay for FOI requests?

Costs. Most requests are free but you might be asked to pay a small amount for photocopies or postage. The organisation will tell you if you have to pay anything.

When can you refuse a Freedom of Information request?

You can refuse requests if they are repeated, whether or not they are also vexatious. You can normally refuse to comply with a request if it is identical or substantially similar to one you previously complied with from the same requester.

On what grounds can a freedom of information request be refused?