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    Trying to understand FOIA

    I'm starting to get confused about which agencies FOIA requests should go to. My husband was caught at the border one year prior to ewi. Our lawyer submitted foia requests to FBI along with fingerprints, USCIS and I just found out DHS. They all came back stating no records found. I tried to get them to explain to me why they didn't submit to CBP and her legal assistant told me that DHS covers CBP records. Is that true? I thought DHS covered ICE and that CBP was separate. Is it better to just request DHS FOIA and not CBP?

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    Yes, with these boat load of agencies and their sometimes overlapping roles & job description, things can get confusing. I filed FOIA with USCIS using form G-639. What I got back was a massively comprehensive report compiled on a CD that included every bit of my 20 yrs immigr history records including first entry as F-1 student, my entry/exit records, H-1 filings, removal order/cancelation of removal order etc. and some sensitive/redacted info which I have no idea about. USCIS also forwarded my FOIA request to FBI which provided a separate 2 page report - it was not a standard FBI background check results, rather something specific to my immigr records.

    From my expereince, USCIS is the mother of all, go to agency to get everything under one shop. So if you already have USCIS report, a separate FOIA to CBP or ICE may not add further value, but that's based on my own individual experience.

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    you need sent a: freedon of information Act request
    to U.s. departament of justice executive office for immigration review
    office of general counsel

    5107 Leesburg Pike ,suite 2600
    Falls church Virginia 22041


    Lawyer can ask that record to you they dont charge alot for that .
    you can use Erin Schaad for that ,is very open and help person she have alot experience doing immigration process and she is not spensive.

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    you need sent a: freedon of information Act request
    to U.s. departament of justice executive office for immigration review
    office of general counsel

    5107 Leesburg Pike ,suite 2600
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    Lawyer can ask that record to you they dont charge alot for that .
    you can use Erin Schaad for that ,is very open and help person she have alot experience doing immigration process and she is not spensive.
    EWI 2002
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    Thanks Suzane. I can't settle for no records found. Do you know if fingerprints are needed?

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    im out the country, in my case dont need fingerprints just my record from when i get caught for get my son in immigration border ,they dont let he enter with my brother ,and from immigration court where i dont went and i had a deported ordem .that place i sent you the andress give me all this paper ,my lawyer just need that paper for all immigration process .I dont understand why alot case in this forum ask for FBI paper for start immigration process i think it just show if have police record not if have immigration record.
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    So according to the first link, in order to find out about if there is an expedited removal you should submit to CBP or OBIM. That's what I was wondering. The legal assistant that is working with us is new in the office and doesn't seem to be sure of anything. So since they came back with no records found I'm wondering if we should submit another. Hmmm. They may just not be disclosing what they have.

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    I would submit to both CBP and OBIM. If he was caught, as opposed to ER'ed at a port of entry as an arriving alien, OBIM should have the record

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    How long does it take to complete the FBI fingerprint check. I sent it in about a month ago. My concern is they haven't even withdrawn the $18 dollars yet to start

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