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Chapter Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until June 14, This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR Emailed requests should go to Steven P. Yonkers at Steve. Yonkers dhs. Written comments should reach the contact person listed no later than June 14, DHS established OBIM, formerly the US-VISIT Program, to meet specific legislative mandates intended to strengthen border security, address critical needs in terms of providing decision-makers with critical information, and demonstrate progress toward performance goals for national security, expediting of trade and travel, and supporting immigration system improvements.
OBIM collects and disseminates biometric information digital fingerprint images and facial photos from individuals during their entry into the United States. This information is disseminated to specific DHS components; other Federal agencies; Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; and the Federal intelligence community to assist in the decisions they make related to, and in support of, the homeland security mission. The new collection time of 35 seconds, an increase from the previous 15 seconds, is a result of this change, and includes officer instructions.
See 73 FR Dec. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.
Affected Public: Foreign visitors and immigrants into the United States. Total Burden Hours: 1, annual burden hours.Skip to main content.
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Or you may request and receive your records more quickly using our online FOIA system. Complex requestso our review will likely take a significant amount of time.
USCIS does not have all immigration recordsso be sure to make your request to the right agency. Avoid Delays!
Online records are easy to: Access from a phone, tablet, or computer; Send to another person; and Download and print. Watch a video tutorial youtube. You will also: Wait for us to receive your request, open it, and add it to our processing line; and Potentially need to mail more information to us to complete your request.
Receive a compact disk in the mail that contains your immigration record. The more precise you make your request, the more efficiently we can return the records you need. If you request We consider this a Specific documents from an immigration file A-File Simple requestso it is likely to move quickly. A complete record Most of a record Non-A-File material Complex requestso our review will likely take a significant amount of time.
An A-File as soon as possible, because you have a scheduled hearing with an immigration judge. To request You should consult Records of apprehension, detention, deportation, entry, exit, expedited removal, background investigations, or inspections by Customs and Border Protection I records Travel industry reservation data such as passenger name record PNR Voluntary return U.
Share This Page. Contact Us. Directorates and Program Offices. Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program. Management Directorate. Office of Intake and Document Production. New Employee Information and Forms. Equal Employment Opportunity. Use our online FOIA system Request records online to instantly: Get your request in line for processing; Know we received your request; and Be notified when we process your request.
NOTE: Requesting records by mail will increase your processing time. A complete record Most of a record Non-A-File material. Records of apprehension, detention, deportation, entry, exit, expedited removal, background investigations, or inspections by Customs and Border Protection I records Travel industry reservation data such as passenger name record PNR Voluntary return. Applications from U.These programs can be used to obtain access to a variety of Department records. Find out more about these programs and about what kinds of records and information the Department maintains.
Please note: Requests for personal records require an original signature and cannot be accepted online. Freedom of Information Act. Main Title. About Learn Search Request. Notice: April 9th Due to the COVID pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Information Programs and Services has implemented maximum telework flexibilities to protect its employees and their communities.
During this time, personnel will not have access to mail and facsimile and there will be a delay in responses to such correspondence as well as the processing of requests and appeals. We encourage you to file your new requests or appeals using our electronic submission form Read more Learn about Search Online Make a Request Department of State Records. The Department of State maintains records dealing with: Formulation and execution of U.
Missions abroad Consular assistance given to U. Citizens for U. Passports Visa requests from non-citizens to enter the U. You may wish to view the Visa Records Contact Information to determine where the visa records you are seeking are maintained. What's New? View announcements and the latest updates.When submitting a FOIA request on records that pertain to you, please provide your full name, address, and date of birth.
If you are requesting records on behalf of someone else, you need a signed G form Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representativeor some other form of signed consent that will allow CBP to release the records to a 3rd party.
Once your request is submitted you will receive an acknowledgment and a FOIA tracking number. After your FOIA request is acknowledged you can track the status of your request at any time.
Visit the CBP Newsroom to confirm we have not already posted the records you need. Make your request with the right agency by reviewing the sections below. Upon request of accessibility assistance, you will be contacted by a representative from our office to address your request for assistance. When requesting this assistance, please indicate your name, a phone number where you can be reached, and the FOIA Case Number in question.
Skip to main content. Avoid Delays! Make your FOIA request online. Request only the records you needas we can return precise requests faster. Last modified:. Share This Page. Inquiries or Resolution Regarding Difficulties Experienced During Travel If you experience repeated referrals for security screenings or you believe that you have been denied boarding or entry into the U.Federal government websites often end in.
The site is secure. Requests filed with a local immigration court are not properly filed with EOIR. Appeals may be filed here. In addition Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U. IV FOIARequests usdoj. A FOIA request should reasonably describe the records sought and include identifying information.
For example, if a FOIA request seeks a record of proceedings, your request, if possible, should include the alien's full name, aliases, immigration hearing location, and alien registration A number if known. If the A number is not known or the case occurred beforeplease provide the date of the Order to Show Cause, the country of origin, and the location of the immigration hearing.
Requests for your own records To ensure that privacy protected information is not improperly released, a request seeking records regarding yourself must verify your identity. Requests for records regarding a person that is not the requester Requests for information about a person other than the requester require proper authorization allowing release of the information. If you are seeking non public information, such as the record of proceedings before an immigration court regarding a person that is not you or a person you represent, the FOIA Service Center recommends that you include in your request an authorization to release information from the person who is the subject of the request, or an explanation about how the public interest outweighs the privacy interest of the subject of the record.
Costs Except for commercial requesters, there is no charge for the first pages of reproduction and 2 hours of search time. Additionally, an agency may charge for the retrieval of records stored at a National Archives and Records Administration NARA operated records center, and the direct costs associated with scanning the responsive records. You must agree to pay or EOIR will not release the records. See 28 C. FOIA does not require agencies to: 1 conduct legal research; 2 provide documents that are published and offered for sale; or 3 provide information that is available on the Internet.
Track one is for those requests which seek and receive expedited processing pursuant to subsection a 6 E of the FOIA.
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The second track is for simple requests which do not involve voluminous records or lengthy consultations with other entities. Track three is for complex requests which involve voluminous records and for which lengthy or numerous consultations are required, or those requests which may involve sensitive records. Expedited requests To have a FOIA request expedited, your request must demonstrate a compelling need such as: 1 imminent threat to the life or physical safety of an individual; 2 an urgency to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity if the request is made by a person primarily engaged in disseminating information; 3 loss of substantial due process rights; or 4 a matter of widespread and exceptional media interest in which there exist possible questions about the government's integrity which affect public confidence.
Please note that, pursuant to 28 C. Additional information on FOIA procedures can be found here. Was this page helpful? Yes No. Thank you for your input. Contact the Webmaster to submit comments.The agency maintains records such as those pertaining to the National Flood Insurance Program, grants, and disaster relief, as well as records related to disaster response.
The Disclosure Branch also provides records requested in writing by any person, but may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the 5 U.
The FOIA pertains to federal agency records that include any information that would be an agency record when maintained by an agency in any format, including electronic. The Agency must maintain these records according to applicable records retention schedules, and provide any records in its possession.
Any person can make a FOIA request. This includes individuals, corporations, associations, state and local governments, a foreign government, etc. Additionally, federal agencies may not make FOIA requests, meaning that federal employees may not make requests using their government address. The FOIA applies to any person except fugitives from justice.
All Privacy Act requests must identify the system of records where the requested records are located, and any particulars that identify the individual from another individual with the same name, such as date of birth or social security number.
The written request must also include a certification that the individual is who they claim to be, via a penalty of perjury statement. If the requestor wishes to obtain third-party records, the requestor must obtain a signed consent form by the third-party. Visiting our FOIA Library is also a good way to check whether the documents you are requesting are already publicly available.
If you have any questions on filing a FOIA Request, please contact the Disclosure Branch at or electronically at fema-foia fema. Skip to main content. Last Updated:.The Office of Biometric Identity Management OBIM supports the Department of Homeland Security's responsibility to protect the nation by providing biometric identification services that help federal, state, and local government decision makers accurately identify the people they encounter and determine whether those people pose a risk to the United States.
OBIM supplies the technology for collecting and storing biometric data, provides analysis, updates its watchlist, and ensures the integrity of the data. OBIM provides the Department of Homeland Security and its mission partners with biometric identity services that enable national security and public safety decision making.
OBIM leads the use of biometric identity for a safer world, enhanced individual privacy, and improved quality of life. Privacy is an integral part of the mission of OBIM from conception through planning, development, and execution of its systems and processes.
Skip to Main Content. Mission OBIM provides the Department of Homeland Security and its mission partners with biometric identity services that enable national security and public safety decision making. Vision OBIM leads the use of biometric identity for a safer world, enhanced individual privacy, and improved quality of life.
Guiding Principles Enhance the security of our citizens and visitors Facilitate legitimate travel and trade Ensure the integrity of the immigration system Protect the privacy of our visitors Privacy Privacy is an integral part of the mission of OBIM from conception through planning, development, and execution of its systems and processes. Last Published Date: January 23, Was this page helpful?
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