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USCIS Announces the Launch of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records System (FIRST)

On May 30, 2018, USCIS announced that they are transitioning Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests entirely online. A FOIA Request may be made to obtain copies of your immigration file from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Department of State. With the launch of this new system, requesters will eventually be able to submit, manage, and receive responses to their FOIA requests completely online. Prior to this change, USCIS only accepted FOIA requests via mail, fax, and email.

In its first phase, requesters who have an upcoming immigration court date and file a FOIA request for certain documents can create an account on the USCIS website to receive the documents electronically, thereby reducing the time and expense related to receiving the documents by mail. You may use the following link to create your myUSCIS account online:

In the months to follow, USCIS will continue to expand the FIRST system and will periodically issue updates when additional services become available. Please contact VERMA Law Firm if you are interested in filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding your immigration case file.