Digital Delivery of FOIA Requests: USCIS Implements Phase 2

The second phase of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST) has been introduced by the USCIS. FIRST is a new system for online processing of Freedom of Immigration Act (FOIA) requests.

The first phase of FIRST implementation enabled requesters who have an immigration court date pending and who filed an FOIA request, to digitally access documents they have requested through FOIA as soon as USCIS processed the request. You may read more about FIRST and the first phase of its implementation here.

Under the second phase, all FOIA requestors will now be allowed to create a USCIS online account, track their cases, and receive their responses electronically.

USCIS has advised all FOIA requestors to continue filing their FOIA requests through the current process – by mail, fax, or email – until the new system is fully operational. Once fully implemented, FIRST will allow online submission, online case management, and digital delivery for all USCIS FOIA requests.

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