Asylum Officer Guidance

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

It is a clone of this request.

Due July 16, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


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 "private actors" or "Matter of A-B," also spelled as "Matter of AB," from January 1, 2018 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.


Matthew Hoppock

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning Matthew;

Please use the below link in future requests regarding the status of your FOIAs.

Your case is currently 633 out of 834 pending cases in Tract 2.

We are unable to give you a turn-around time on when you might receive these records. FOIA operates on a first in, first out basis and it is impossible to predict the processing time of the cases that precede yours.

H.A.(Kelly) Garbus
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Significant Interest Group (SIG)


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