USIF - Kushner - One Journal Square

Taylor Amarel Scott filed this request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States of America.
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COW2017001115

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Awaiting Appeal

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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 receive a copy of the "business plan" portion of an I-526 petition or "exemplar approval" for construction project(s) going by the name 'Kushner One', 'Kushner1', 'One Journal Square' or similar names. Based upon information and belief, these projects are sponsored under the U.S. Immigration Fund ("USIF") EB-5 regional center based in New York or New Jersey (New Jersey U.S. Immigration Fund - NJ, LLC ID1236250925 New York U.S. Immigration Fund - NY ID1214350657). Furthermore, new articles and interviews will industry players, including immigrant investors, reports, and regional center associates have indicated that at a minimum this project has submitted a business plan either for "exemplar approval" or for the adjudication of an individuals I-526 petition.

In the past, requests for business plan portions of projects have been approved for release by the USCIS with a number of redaction. I would like to be treated in the same way, there is substantial precedent requiring that the USCIS must release the requested information and only redact certain sensitive information from the business plan. 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

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning Mr. Taylor Amarel Scott,

We show COW2017001115 in line to be processed and COW2017001116 is still waiting on records from the staffed offices. Here at the National Records Center we are experiencing a backlog. Unfortunately, I am not able to give you a time frame in which you will receive your requests. I ask that you please be patient as we are working hard to get all requests out as soon as possible. If you have any other questions or concerns you can email me directly at Julie.A.Mousel@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:Julie.A.Mousel@uscis.dhs.gov> Thank you!

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Good Morning,

Our records show that a response has been received from our offices. So now we are just waiting for it to be processed. Unfortunately I still cannot give a time frame, but it shouldn’t be much longer. Thank you for your continued patience.

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

Thank you for the update.

Could you please confirm if any additional information can be provided about when I can expect to receive these documents.

Thank you!

From: Taylor Amarel Scott

Hello,

Could you provide me an update on when I can expect to receive a response or the number of documents that you have received for review?

Thank you.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


From: Horn, Dawn D
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2018 8:54 AM
To: 'mailto:requests@muckrock.com'
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #COW2017001115

Your request is currently 252 out of 668 in Track 2.

Dawn D. Horn
Dawn.D.Horn@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:Dawn.D.Horn@uscis.dhs.gov>
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA, Significant Interest Group (SIG)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate
National Records Center
150 Space Center Loop
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
Office Phone: 816-350-5620
FAX: 816-350-5785
Telework Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday

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: Mousel, Julie A
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2018 5:52 AM
To: Horn, Dawn D; Bloom, Karl D
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information Act Request #COW2017001115

From: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com> [mailto:requests@muckrock.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2018 4:04 AM
To: Mousel, Julie A
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #COW2017001115

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
FOIA Office
P. O. Box 648010
Lee's Summit, MO 64064-8010

March 29, 2018

This is a follow up to request number COW2017001115:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 13, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #COW2017001115.

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

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-182/usif-kushner-one-journal-square-42943/?email=Julie.A.Mousel%40uscis.dhs.gov&uuid-login=c5edbc0f-20a1-49ca-89cf-bdbc10b463f8#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 42943
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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On Dec. 26, 2017:
Hello,

Could you provide me an update on when I can expect to receive a response or the number of documents that you have received for review?

Thank you.
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On Dec. 13, 2017:
Thank you for the update.

Could you please confirm if any additional information can be provided about when I can expect to receive these documents.

Thank you!
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On Nov. 17, 2017:
Good Morning,

Our records show that a response has been received from our offices. So now we are just waiting for it to be processed. Unfortunately I still cannot give a time frame, but it shouldn’t be much longer. Thank you for your continued patience.

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On Oct. 18, 2017:
Good Morning Mr. Taylor Amarel Scott,

We show COW2017001115 in line to be processed and COW2017001116 is still waiting on records from the staffed offices. Here at the National Records Center we are experiencing a backlog. Unfortunately, I am not able to give you a time frame in which you will receive your requests. I ask that you please be patient as we are working hard to get all requests out as soon as possible. If you have any other questions or concerns you can email me directly at Julie.A.Mousel@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:Julie.A.Mousel@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:Julie.A.Mousel@uscis.dhs.gov%3cmailto:Julie.A.Mousel@uscis.dhs.gov>> Thank you!

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On Sept. 18, 2017:
An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.
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On Sept. 13, 2017:
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 receive a copy of the "business plan" portion of an I-526 petition or "exemplar approval" for construction project(s) going by the name 'Kushner One', 'Kushner1', 'One Journal Square' or similar names. Based upon information and belief, these projects are sponsored under the U.S. Immigration Fund ("USIF") EB-5 regional center based in New York or New Jersey (New Jersey U.S. Immigration Fund - NJ, LLC ID1236250925 New York U.S. Immigration Fund - NY ID1214350657). Furthermore, new articles and interviews will industry players, including immigrant investors, reports, and regional center associates have indicated that at a minimum this project has submitted a business plan either for "exemplar approval" or for the adjudication of an individuals I-526 petition.

In the past, requests for business plan portions of projects have been approved for release by the USCIS with a number of redaction. I would like to be treated in the same way, there is substantial precedent requiring that the USCIS must release the requested information and only redact certain sensitive information from the business plan. 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

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-182/usif-kushner-one-journal-square-42943/?email=Julie.A.Mousel%40uscis.dhs.gov&uuid-login=c5edbc0f-20a1-49ca-89cf-bdbc10b463f8#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 42943
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.
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From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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.

Dawn D. Horn
Dawn.D.Horn@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:Dawn.D.Horn@uscis.dhs.gov>
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA, Significant Interest Group (SIG)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate
National Records Center
150 Space Center Loop
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
Office Phone: 816-350-5620
FAX: 816-350-5785
Telework Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday

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 for your responsee and assistance, I look forward to receiving the documents. Have a great weekend!

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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.

Dawn D. Horn
Dawn.D.Horn@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:Dawn.D.Horn@uscis.dhs.gov>
Government Information Specialist
FOIA/PA, Significant Interest Group (SIG)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate
National Records Center
150 Space Center Loop
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
Office Phone: 816-350-5620
FAX: 816-350-5785
Telework Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday

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: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

On June 6, 2018:
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.

Raymond N. Hyson
Raymond.N.Hyson@uscis.dhs.gov<mailto:Raymond.N.Hyson@uscis.dhs.gov>
Government Information Specialist | Department of Homeland Security |
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services |
Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate |
National Records Center | Significant Interest Group |

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

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