Department of State Visa Database

Jason Smathers filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2010-06752
Est. Completion Dec. 31, 2015
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Jason Smathers

Office of Information Programs and Services
A/GIS/IPS/RL
U. S. Department of State
Washington, D. C. 20522-8100
http://foia.state.gov/foiareq/foialetter.asp

Dear US Department of State FOIA officer:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records concerning the current database system which stores visa applications including the database schema and all other documentation available to the IT staff and DBA responsible for maintaining this database.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers

From: Interim Response

From: United States Department of State

From: Jason Smathers

Hi,

Can you update me on the status of this request? Please note the updated address.

Thanks.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request <FOIA@state.gov>

Your query has been forwarded to FOIAStatus@state.gov for reply.

From: FOIA Status <FOIAStatus@state.gov>

Dear Jason Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated May 9, 2012, inquiring about
the status of your request. Please be advised that a copy of your
e-mail has been forwarded to the appropriate office for their records.
According to our records a search was initiated with the Office of Visa
Services. The search for records is continuing. Additional information
will be provided as it becomes available. We appreciate your continued
patience during this process.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please
contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and
refer to your case control number.


From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Hello Mr. Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated June 9, 2012, regarding case number F-2010-06752. We are awaiting a response for the pending search. The estimated completion date is May 31, 2013. Once the search and review processes are completed, we will provide all releasable, responsive records.

If you have further questions, regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

I checked the electronic notes on this case. The case is still open. The case has been assigned to an analyst and searches have gone out to the appropriate bureaus. The estimated completion date on this case is May, 2013. The search time varies. Each case is different and the search time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material. Please be advised that we have notified the appropriate office of your continued interests and concerns.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

Chris Barnes

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Hello Mr. Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated November 13, 2012, regarding case number F-2010-06752. We are awaiting a response for the pending search. The estimated completion date is May 31, 2013. Once the search and review processes are completed, we will provide all releasable, responsive records.

If you have further questions, regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Jason Smathers,

The estimated Completion date is May 31, 2013.

For your information:

- ECDs are subject to change.

- ECDs are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of

completions, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the

Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the

process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).

- Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

I checked the electronic notes on this case. The case is still open. The search to the Visa Office (VO) is still pending. The search time varies. Each case is different and the search time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material. The estimated completion date for this case is May 31, 2013.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Rich Jones,

The estimated completion date is May 31, 2013.

For your information:

- ECDs are subject to change.
- ECDs are “strictly” estimates and not intended to be used as “actual” dates of completions, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).
- Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.


Thank you,

Katrina Wood
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jones,

I checked the electronic notes on this case. The case is still open. The case has been assigned to an analyst and searches have gone out to the appropriate bureaus. The search time varies. Each case is different and the search time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material. According to the case notes the estimated completion date for this case is May 2013.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jones,

I checked the electronic notes on this case. The case is still open. The case has been assigned to an analyst and the search to the Visa Office (VO) is still pending. The search time varies. Each case is different and the search time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201006752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jones,

This is in reference to your June 14, 2013 email regarding case number
F-2010-06752. The estimated completion date for your request is March
2014. Estimated completion dates are subject to change and are
"strictly" estimates, not intended to be used as "actual" dates of
completion. This is due to unusual circumstances, which may or may not
include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals,
concurrences, etc.). However, please note, interim release dates are
provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or
have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matters, please contact
the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at
(202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers, the estimated completion date for the subject case is March 2014. Requests for records from the Visa Office is still pending. Regards,

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The search to the Visa Office (VO) is still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records. The appropriate office has been informed of your continued interests and concerns.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

At this time the estimated completion date is still March 2014. Regards,

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

At this time the estimated completion date is still March 2014. Regards,

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jason Smathers,

This is a follow-up to your request number F-2010-06752 and as of March 5, 2014 the provided ECD of March/2014 has not changed and the search with Visa Services (VO) is continuing.

Thank you for your patience and I hope this information was helpful and please do not hesitate to call us at: (202) 261-8484.

Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Jason Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated April 4, 2014, inquiring about the status of your request. The estimated completion date for your request was March 2014. Since that date has now passed, our office has requested a new estimated completion date for you. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the appropriate office for their records. Information will be provided to you as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

The new estimated completion date is October 2014.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated October 1, 2014, inquiring about the status of your request. Please be advised that a copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information regarding the status will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Jennine A. Daniels
U.S. Department of State

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated October 31, 2014, inquiring about the status of your request. Please be advised that a copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information regarding the status will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Jennine A. Daniels
U.S. Department of State

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers

A follow-up request has been made for records from the Visa Office and this office is awaiting a response. At this time the new estimated completion date is March 2015.
Regards,

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is: March 2015

- ECDs are subject to change.
- ECDs are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completions, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).
Interim release dates are provided, as applicable

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

I have contacted the Case Analyst again and requested an update on the case and a new estimated completion date for this case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Dear Mr. Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated March 11, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A search of records was initiated with the Office of Visa Services. That office has been contacted and advised our office that the search is continuing. Information will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available. The estimated completion date for your request is August 2015.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jason Smathers-At this time the estimated completion date is still August 2015. The initiated search with Visas Services(VO) is continuing.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Jason Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated May 18, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A search of records has been initiated with the Department's Office of Visa Services. That search is continuing. The estimated completion date is August 2015. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the team that is processing your request. Information will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Jason Smathers–At this time your estimated completion date(ECD) is still August 31, 2015.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Jason Smathers–At this time the estimated completion date is August 31, 2015.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 4, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2010-06752.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested a new estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

The request from the Visa Office is pending segment for this case. A request for your records was sent to the Visa Office on 9/22/15 for a status update and this office is awaiting a reply.

The estimated completion date (ECD) is December 2015.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release/response dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Angela Burks
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is being reviewed. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date for this case is December 31, 2015.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Angela Burks
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: Johnson, Cynthia F

Dear Mr. Smathers:
Hope all is well. Recently, I received your request file folder for processing. In reviewing the contents, I learned that the Office of Visa Services is unable to provide the information you requested. I would like to discuss either narrowing the focus of your request or obtain more specifics regarding the information you are seeking. How might I reach you by phone? The number in your original letter seems to belong to someone else. What is the best number to use to reach you regarding this request?
Many thanks and best regards,
Cynthia

Cynthia Farrell Johnson
Foreign Affairs Officer
Department of State
A/GIS/IPS/CR/MPD, SA-2
515 22nd Street, NW, 2129
Washington, DC 20522-8100
Tel: 202 663 2958
FAX: 202 663 2232

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

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