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USCIS Continues to Expand Digital Delivery of FOIA Requests

USCIS announced that it has introduced the second phase of the FOIA Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST). Phase two allows all FOIA requestors to create a USCIS online account, track their cases, and receive their responses electronically.

Ruling against Government for trying not to comply with a FOIA request

The Seventh Circuit reversed the summary judgment in favor of USCIS and remanded, holding that USCIS failed to conduct an adequate search in response to the plaintiff’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which sought “all documents reflecting statistics” about H-1B visa applications. USCIS responded to the request by providing a single data table it had created, later telling the plaintiff that more records would “only create additional confusion.”

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