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USCIS freedom of information act

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is it true that you can request your entire A file from USCIS for free, and it only takes two weeks to get the entire file on CD? Do they already have A files scanned or do they need to scan them? is it a good idea to request your A file to see what USCIS has on you?

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I wish - NO. It can take a while - only God knows how long it could take.

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Do you get the file on a CD?


Yes you can. Yes it's free. It takes much much longer than two weeks. Yes, it's a good idea if you are planning on filing any applications/petitions in the future.


I have had luck in recent few months with a turn around time of under 6 months. In the past it has been 1 year or more. As for free, yes it is usually free but the agency could charge if excess pages. It comes in a CD now and some pages may be redacted for privileged info. You can appeal within 60 days if you would like to appeal any information that is withheld by the agency. Good luck.

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It is a very good idea to get your file. It takes longer than two weeks. Lately they do provide the file on CD.

Please be advised my answers to questions does not constitute legal advice and you should not rely on it, due to the fact that we have never met, I have not been aprised of the facts in you case nor have I reviewed any documents.

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