Asylum Officer Guidance

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States of America.
Tracking #

COW2018000806

COW2018000732

Due July 16, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Matthew Hoppock


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any guidance memoranda or other policy guidance to asylum officers regarding asylum cases regarding "domestic violence" or "Matter of A-R-C-G-," also spelled as "Matter of ARCG," from January 1, 2016 to the present.

We are requesting that this be expedited, given that the asylum officers are currently applying what appears to be a secret policy to adjudicate asylum cases for domestic violence when that guidance has not been released to the public or applicants. It is in the immediate public interest that this be released to the public.

We are also requesting a fee waiver.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Matthew Hoppock

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Your request COW2018000806 is open and is in line to be processed, it is on day 29 of an estimated 161 day wait time (excluding weekends and holidays)
Thanks,
FOIA, USCIS
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From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good morning,

Your request, COW2018000806, is open and is in line to be processed, it is on day 92 of an estimated 201 day wait time (excluding weekends and holidays).

Thank You,
FOIA, USCIS
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From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

COW2018000806 is open and inline to be processed.
Thanks,
FOIA, USCIS
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From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Your request, COW2018000806, is open and is in line to be processed, it is on day 112 of an estimated 250 day wait time (excluding weekends and holidays).
Thanks,
FOIA, USCIS
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From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Your request COW2018000806 is open and is in line to be processed, it is on day 131 of an estimated 262 day wait time (excluding weekends and holidays)
Thanks,
FOIA, USCIS
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From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/freedom-information-and-privacy-act-foia/foia-request-status-check-average-processing-times/check-status-foia-request

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Your request is currently:

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You may check the status of your request at any time by going to the following website: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/freedom-information-and-privacy-act-foia/foia-request-status-check-average-processing-times/check-status-foia-request

Karl Bloom
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Division
National Records Center
150 Space Center Loop, Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Immigration Records and Identity Services (IRIS)
(816) 350-5621
e-mail: karl.d.bloom@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:karl.d.bloom@uscis.dhs.gov>

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