Friday, August 1, 2008

USCIS Starts Online Service to Check FOIA Requests

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently launched the online FOIA Request Status Check service providing customers a quick and secure way to check the status of requests they have made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The service will work much like the existing procedure that allows applicants with pending immigration applications to check the status of their applications. Customers use the FOIA service by entering their assigned control number to receive a "pending" or "processed" response. A pending response indicates to the customer the position of their request relative to all other requests in the same processing track. A "processed" request indicates that the request was processed and the customer will be provided that processing date. USCIS will make daily updates to the status information.

Customers without Internet access can still obtain information on their FOIA requests by calling the USCIS FOIA Requester Service Center at (816) 350-5785 from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (Central Time). USCIS receives more than 110,000 requests annually for access to immigration records. These requests include both active cases, involving immigrants seeking information about pending or completed adjudications as well as relatives seeking immigration histories about family members.

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