FOIA online request and response service launched by USCIS
USCIS today announced the launch of our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST).
This system allows users to submit, manage, and receive FOIA requests entirely online.
At this time, USCIS only accepts FOIA requests by mail, fax, and email, and requesters typically received their documents on a compact disc by mail.
With this online facility both request and response can be received online, thereby reducing the total processing time significantly.
Online FOIA request system to be launched in phases for all document and service requests
Starting with people who have an immigration court date pending and file a request for documents can create an account within myUSCIS to receive documents digitally, eliminating the time and expense associated with receiving requests by mail.
FOIA request tracking online and email alerts
Once registered on myUSCIS portal, one can track the status of their FOIA cases and will receive email notification when USCIS has uploaded their records.
FOIA online request for other document services
In the coming months, this digital delivery option will be expanded to all FOIA and Privacy Act (PA) requesters.
When FIRST is fully operational, requesters will be able to use a completely digital FOIA/PA system, from online submission to retrieving and downloading responsive documents. USCIS will notify the public as additional services become available.