Kushner-NYIF Information

Taylor Amarel Scott filed this request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States of America.
Tracking #

COW2017001106

COW2017001115,

COW2017001114,

COW2018000693

COW2017001116

Status
Processing

Communications

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I would like to obtain all email records sent to, sent from, or copied to dhsexecsec@hq.dhs.gov or USCIS.ImmigrantInvestorProgram@uscis.dhs.gov from January 1, 2015 to Present Day that contain the non-case sensitive keyword "NYIF". Should you need any more information or if this request is too broad, please let me know and I will be happy to provide more information. Please do not close my request without consulting me first, I am happy to modify my request if it can not be processed as is.

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,

Taylor Amarel Scott

From: Vogel, Kathleen M

Good afternoon,

Records are still pending for your request and I am unable to provide you with a timeframe for when you will receive a response.

You may check the status of your FOIA request online, at www.uscis.gov/FOIA. Click the “Check Status of Request” button in the middle of the web page or “FOIA Request Status Check & Average Processing Times” on the left side under “Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA).” Then click “FOIA Check Status of Request” at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions given.

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Significant Interest Group (SIG)
National Records Center
150 Space Center Loop, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
816-350-5500 ext 5071

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning,

I’m afraid I can’t give you any additional information on your request, records are still pending and I am unable to provide you with a timeframe for when you will receive a response.

You may check the status of your FOIA request online, at www.uscis.gov/FOIA<http://www.uscis.gov/FOIA>. Click the “Check Status of Request” button in the middle of the web page or “FOIA Request Status Check & Average Processing Times” on the left side under “Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA).” Then click “FOIA Check Status of Request” at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions given.
Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Significant Interest Group (SIG)
National Records Center
150 Space Center Loop, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
816-350-5500 ext 5071

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning,

I have checked the status of your request on our website and received this response:
Your request is currently number 274 of 576 pending requests in Track Two.
Date received: 09/13/2017

You may check the status of your FOIA request online, at www.uscis.gov/FOIA<http://www.uscis.gov/FOIA<http://www.uscis.gov/FOIA%3chttp:/www.uscis.gov/FOIA>>. Click the “Check Status of Request” button in the middle of the web page or “FOIA Request Status Check & Average Processing Times” on the left side under “Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA).” Then click “FOIA Check Status of Request” at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions given.

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Significant Interest Group (SIG)
National Records Center
150 Space Center Loop, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
816-350-5500 ext 5071

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

Thank you for the info!

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Your request is currently number 263 of 522 pending requests in Track Two.
Date received: 09/13/2017

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Significant Interest Group (SIG)
National Records Center
150 Space Center Loop, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
816-350-5600

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Please provide the control number for the request you are inquiring about. This number should have been provided to you in the acknowledgement letter that was sent to you and would start with COW.

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Disclosure Unit
National Records Center
Immigration Records and Identity Services

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

The tracking number is: COW2017001116

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning,

I have checked the status of your request on our website and received this response:
Your request is currently number 252 of 606 pending requests in Track Two.
Date received: 09/13/2017

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Disclosure Unit
National Records Center
Immigration Records and Identity Services

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

Thank you very much! I appreciate the update.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning,

I have checked the status of your request on the USCIS website and received this reply:
Your request is currently number 252 of 649 pending requests in Track Two.
Date received: 09/13/2017

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Disclosure Unit
National Records Center
Immigration Records and Identity Services

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning,
I have checked the status of your request on the USCIS website and received this reply:
Your request is currently number 243 of 674 pending requests in Track Two.
Date received: 09/13/2017

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Disclosure Unit
National Records Center
Immigration Records and Identity Services

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning,
I have checked the status of your request on the USCIS website and received this reply:
Your request is currently number 233 of 715 pending requests in Track Two.
Date received: 09/13/2017

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Disclosure Unit
National Records Center
Immigration Records and Identity Services

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

A no responsive documents response.

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

To whom this may concern,

I disagree and wish to appeal this finding. Unless records have been deleted results should exist. This is specifically because I myself and others have sent emails to dhsexecsec@hq.dhs.gov or USCIS.ImmigrantInvestorProgram@uscis.dhs.gov containing the mentioned key-strings, if it is helpful I can provide these emails for your reference.

Alternatively, please provide me with the FOIA log for this request and/or reconduct a search.

Best,
Taylor Amarel

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning,

If you wish to appeal our response to your FOIA request the process was provided in the final action letter you received, please see below:

You may file an administrative FOIA appeal to USCIS at: USCIS FOIA/PA Appeals Office, 150 Space Center Loop, Suite 500, Lee's Summit, MO 64064-2139. Both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.”

If you would like to discuss our response before filing an appeal to attempt to resolve your dispute without going through the appeals process, you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Jill Eggleston, for assistance at:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
National Records Center, FOIA/PA Office
P. O. Box 648010
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064-8010

Telephone: 1-800-375-5283
E-Mail: FOIAPAQuestions@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:FOIAPAQuestions@uscis.dhs.gov>
If you are unable to resolve your FOIA dispute through our FOIA Public Liaison, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Federal FOIA Ombudsman’s office, offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal Agencies. The OGIS does not have the authority to handle requests made under the Privacy Act of 1974. The contact information for OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road – OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone: 202-741-5770
877-684-6448
Email: OGIS@NARA.GOV<mailto:OGIS@NARA.GOV>
Website: OGIS.ARCHIVES.GOV

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Disclosure Unit
National Records Center
Immigration Records and Identity Services

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I would like to obtain all email records sent to, sent from, or copied to dhsexecsec@hq.dhs.gov or USCIS.ImmigrantInvestorProgram@uscis.dhs.gov from January 1, 2015 to Present Day that contain the non-case sensitive keyword "Amarel". Should you need any more information or if this request is too broad, please let me know and I will be happy to provide more information. Please do not close my request without consulting me first, I am happy to modify my request if it can not be processed as is.

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,

Taylor Amarel Scott

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

Thank you,

If sufficient, please modify the request to only include email records that include both of the following non-case-sensitive key-strings: "Amarel" and "EB-5".

Thank you,

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning,

You may check the status of your FOIA request online, at www.uscis.gov/FOIA. Click the “Check Status of Request” button in the middle of the web page or “FOIA Request Status Check & Average Processing Times” on the left side under “Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA).” Then click “FOIA Check Status of Request” at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions given. If you have any questions concerning your pending FOIA/PA request, or to check the status of a pending application or petition, please call The National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283. Please be aware that the National Records Center no longer accepts FOIA/PA related questions directly by phone.

Thank you,
Kathy Vogel
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA Disclosure Unit
National Records Center
Immigration Records and Identity Services

WARNING: This document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). This document is to be controlled, handled, transmitted, distributed and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information and is not to be released to the public or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from the originator.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Vogel, Kathleen M would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information Act Request #COW2018000693".

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

A no responsive documents response.

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

I would like to appeal this determination on the grounds that I have personally sent emails to USCIS.ImmigrantInvestorProgram@uscis.dhs.gov which contain the keyword "NYIF" - therefore, unless these records were deleted, they must exist.

Please accept this as an appeal to the latest response regarding "No Responsive Documents".

Furthermore, I would like to request the FOIA Log for this request, which can include all the email correspondence regarding this request, what search actions took place, etc.

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