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Discussion in 'Life After The Green Card' started by octopus, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. octopus

    octopus Registered Users (C)

    I have heard some people talking about a freedom act. Supposedly, one can request a copy of all immigration stuff that U.S. government has about you. Probably the originals or copies of all application one ever submitted, data from border security, etc.

    It should be free. Has anyone ever tried that? I wonder for what purposes should this be useful.

    Could also one request to erase some of the information they have about him? This is just for a curiosity.
     
  2. BigJoe5

    BigJoe5 Registered Users (C)

    USCIS FOIA page with much info: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/us...nnel=34139c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD

    The form: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/us...nnel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD

    While there is no filing fee, you may be asked to pay for producing a large item. IF they find that your request would require a fee, they ask you if you want to pay for it or shrink your request.
     
  3. cafeconleche

    cafeconleche Registered Users (C)

    Yup I did that, and it took them 8 months, and my mom received it this month. Guess what it contained. 3 sheets of paper! I don't know what they are, but she's sending them to me.
     
  4. octopus

    octopus Registered Users (C)

    And you did that just for your curiosity or because it is useful.

    Also I found this old thread: http://forums.immigration.com/showthread.php?276353-G884-Return-of-Original-Documents

    Allegedly it is possible to get returned all the original documents from one immigration file.
    Using form G-884: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/g-884.pdf

    Will this clean my file? :)
     
  5. BigJoe5

    BigJoe5 Registered Users (C)

    There are limits on what can be returned. As with everything in the immigration arena, it's just not that simple. FOIA has categorical exemptions of things you can't have and then there are case-by-case exemptions.

    Here is a link to further FOIA info from the Department of Justice: http://www.justice.gov/oip/foiapost/mainpage.htm
     
  6. cafeconleche

    cafeconleche Registered Users (C)

    I did it because I thought I'd get a complete (or somewhat decent) overview of my immigration journey for my own records.
     
  7. octopus

    octopus Registered Users (C)

    1) What exactly did they return? Did you get everything you ever ever sent them?

    2) Do you get copies or the originals?
     
  8. cafeconleche

    cafeconleche Registered Users (C)

    Hmm, I wonder if you read my first post...

    They don't send originals.
     

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