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FOIA Requests for USCIS

When you request information through the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the request will go through one of three tracks.

Simple cases in which a person is only requesting a couple of documents go through Track 1. The second track is for people who request more complex documents or the entirety of a specific file. Other instances in which the second track may be used can include any requests from news media or specific groups who are not just one individual person.

Finally, the third track is one for individuals who require accelerated processing. In order for a person to be considered for this track, they must submit additional documents with their FOIA request. These documents may include a Notice To Appear, which simply details the future date of the immigration hearing (Form 1-862), an Order to Show Cause or Form I-122, which is similar to the Notice to Appear, a Notice of Referral to the judge in the immigration hearing, or the “written notice of continuation of a future scheduled hearing before the immigration judge,” according to USCIS.

FOIA requests can be confusing, as can many of the other steps in the immigration process. It may be beneficial for you to speak with an experienced immigration law attorney who can provide you with the assistance you need to find success in your immigration or naturalization ventures.

If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC and we would be happy to provide you with assistance.