Internal Fee Waiver Adjudication Guidance

Sally M. Joyner filed this request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States of America.
Tracking #

COW2019000153

Due Jan. 29, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Sally M. Joyner

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All training documents, presentation materials, or other written internal guidance on the adjudication of requests for fee waivers (Form I-912) from April 2018 to December 2018 produced by USCIS. This request includes any formal or informal guidance on the adjudication of fee waiver requests, including internal email discussions or other written correspondence or memoranda on any policy changes, guidance, or mandates to officers, contractors, or others responsible for adjudicating, approving, or rejecting fee waiver requests filed with applications for immigration benefits. This request includes any examples of approvable vs. non-approvable fee waivers, guidance about specific changes in the type of volume of supporting evidence required, any guidance on the purpose of the fee waiver request policy changes, or any correspondence regarding the policy change. This request also specifically includes any guidance on fee waiver adjudications at all lockbox locations, service centers, and for VAWA-based benefits at the Vermont Service Center.

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,

Sally M. Joyner

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning Sally M. Joyner,

This office is in receipt of your inquiry (below) regarding your FOIA request on fee waivers.
We have searched and been unable to find this request in our system.
I have forwarded your inquiry and attached FOIA to our administrative staff and asked that it be scanned in as a new request.

Sincerely,

H.A.(Kelly) Garbus
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Significant Interest Group (SIG)
DHS/USCIS
816-350-5586
Harriet.A.Garbus@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:Harriet.A.Garbus@uscis.dhs.gov>

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Regards,

Jennifer A. Biron
Government Information Specialist
National Records Center
DHS, USCIS
150 Space Center Loop
Lees Summit, MO 64064
1-816-350-5500 x 5125

Supervisor: Jeff Fox

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

I am providing you with a link to check your status online. You may check the status of your FOIA request at https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/freedom-information-and-privacy-act-foia/foia-request-status-check-average-processing-times/check-status-foia-requestonline,. Click on "FOIA Request Status Check" located on the left side of the web page under "Other Services", and follow the instructions. By checking your status online, this frees up our staff to process pending requests.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

I am providing you with a link to check your status online. You may check the status of your FOIA request at https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/freedom-information-and-privacy-act-foia/foia-request-status-check-average-processing-times/check-status-foia-request . Click on "FOIA Request Status Check" located on the left side of the web page under "Other Services", and follow the instructions. By checking your status online, this frees up our staff to process pending requests.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

I am providing you with a link to check your status online. You may check the status of your FOIA request at https://first.uscis.gov/#/check-status. By checking your status online, this frees up our staff to process pending requests.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Your request is currently 747 out of 1213 pending FOIA requests. Currently the estimated completion date is 2/03/2020.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Hi,

Your request is 737 of 1314 pending requests. The estimated completion date is 12/25/2019. Please feel free to check the status of your request at https://first.uscis.gov/#/check-status.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good morning,

Your request is 722 of 1361 pending requests. This is an estimated date based on average processing times. Availability of records and complexity of request may affect completion date.

Please feel free to continue to check the status of your request online at https://first.uscis.gov/#/check-status.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Hi,

I am providing you with a link to check your status online. You may check the status of your FOIA request at: https://first.uscis.gov/#/check-status

By checking your status online, this frees up our staff to process pending requests. We are currently processing cases from our backlog and are experiencing a high volume of incoming requests. FOIA operates on a first in, first out basis.

From: Sally M. Joyner

COW2019000153 was submitted in December 2018. I have not received a response.

From: Sally M. Joyner

Good morning. COW2019000153 is at 426 of 1536 pending requests; the estimated completion date was March 2019. Please provide clarification as to why USCIS has failed to comply with FOIA in this case.

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