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Hi, 

 

Our attorney recommended we do FOIA requests on behalf of my husband before doing to I-130 application to see if he is eligible. We sent off all the FOIA requests to several immigration agencies back in August 2018. All of them came back except for CBP. It's been 5.5 months, and still nothing has been received.  How long does the CBP FOIA typically take?

 

Thanks!

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Why does your attorney think he may not be eligible?



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24 minutes ago, cmc9032 said:

Hi, 

 

Our attorney recommended we do FOIA requests on behalf of my husband before doing to I-130 application to see if he is eligible. We sent off all the FOIA requests to several immigration agencies back in August 2018. All of them came back except for CBP. It's been 5.5 months, and still nothing has been received.  How long does the CBP FOIA typically take?

 

Thanks!

 

It varies, but typically between 4-6 months. Also, they stopped processing FOIAs during the government shutdown, so they're about one month slower than normal.

 

From what i can tell, they're currently working on FOIAs from August 218. So you might hear from the soon. Do you know your FOIA Tracking number?

 

You can check out the status here:

https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/search

 

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1 minute ago, afortunada said:

Why does your attorney think he may not be eligible?

Probably because the spouse had an encounter with CBP and returned to his home country.

 

The attorney wants to know if he was given a Voluntary Return (good), or an Expedited Removal (bad!)

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9 minutes ago, trac3rt said:

 

It varies, but typically between 4-6 months. Also, they stopped processing FOIAs during the government shutdown, so they're about one month slower than normal.

 

From what i can tell, they're currently working on FOIAs from August 218. So you might hear from the soon. Do you know your FOIA Tracking number?

 

You can check out the status here:

https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/search

 

Thanks for that info! How do you know they're now starting to process August 2018 requests?

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3 minutes ago, cmc9032 said:

Thanks for that info! How do you know they're now starting to process August 2018 requests?

Go to:

https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/search/advancedSearch

 

Look Up By: Agency,  and type "CBP"

 

From there, you can start looking for requests submitted in August and see where they stand. From what i can see, they received 8,810 requests in August 2018, and 2,832 requests are still pending as of today.

 

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4 minutes ago, trac3rt said:

Go to:

https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/search/advancedSearch

 

Look Up By: Agency,  and type "CBP"

 

From there, you can start looking for requests submitted in August and see where they stand. From what i can see, they received 8,810 requests in August 2018, and 2,832 requests are still pending as of today.

 

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I see. If it's listed as "Assignment" it means its closed?

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4 minutes ago, cmc9032 said:

I see. If it's listed as "Assignment" it means its closed?

From what I understand, "Assignment" means that it has been assigned to an FOIA person for review. 

 

The process is:
Submitted > Evaluation > Assignment > Processing > Closed

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On 2/7/2019 at 12:12 PM, trac3rt said:

From what I understand, "Assignment" means that it has been assigned to an FOIA person for review. 

 

The process is:
Submitted > Evaluation > Assignment > Processing > Closed

Do you know how long typically it takes for a FOIA to go from "Processing" to "Closed"? Thanks!

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On 2/9/2019 at 2:46 PM, cmc9032 said:

Do you know how long typically it takes for a FOIA to go from "Processing" to "Closed"? Thanks!

That depends on a couple of things---mainly the speed of the officer assigned to your request, and how complicated the request is (for example, requests for complete travel history are generally a bit faster to complete than requests for entire files as they have to be looked through manually for redaction purposes where officer names/info may be removed, etc. before sending the documents to you).

 

When I filed one early last year for complete travel records, it took roughly a month from Processing to Closed.  

With the recent government shut down, there's bound to be a bit of a backlog in processing now.

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