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FOIA News: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services withdrawing from "FOIAonline" portal

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services is ending its participation in FOIAonline as of May 1, 2015, according to an email sent today from USCIS to a FOIA requester (see below).  FOIAonline allows individuals to submit FOIA requests electronically to participating agencies, track the status of requests, file appeals, and search for other people's requests, appeals, and responsive records.

Email from USCIS:

From: USCIS.FOIA@uscis.dhs.gov [USCIS.FOIA@uscis.dhs.gov]
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 12:56 PM
To:  [redacted by FOIA Advisor]

Subject: FOIA Online pilot project to end

04/27/2015 12:55 PM
FOIA Request: USCIS-2015--[redacted by FOIA Advisor]

The FOIA Online pilot project will end May 1 and you will no longer be able to file FOIA requests at this site.  We wish to thank you for your participation in the pilot.  In the future when inquiring about this specific FOIA Online request please use the file number [redacted by FOIA Advisor].

Please email your future FOIA requests to uscis.foia@uscis.dhs.gov or fax to (816) 350-5785. You may also submit your requests by mail to the FOIA/PA Officer at the National Records Center, P.O. Box 648010, Lee’s Summit, Mo. 64064-8010. We will respond to your FOIA/PA request by mail.064-8010. We will respond to your FOIA/PA request by mail.