Processing Times and Delays
When individuals submit Form G-639 for a Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIA) request, they should be prepared for varying processing times. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) handles each submission individually, and the processing time can depend on several factors.
- Complexity: The key determinant of the processing time is the complexity of the request. Simple requests for specific documents may be processed faster than broad or vague inquiries.
- Workload: The current workload and backlog of the FOIA office at USCIS can also affect processing times.
Typical Processing Time Frames:
- Simple Requests: Could be processed within 20 to 30 days.
- Complex Requests: These may take several months to process.
Applicants should also note that the USCIS may experience delays beyond the typical processing window during periods of high volume or due to unforeseen circumstances. Requesters must provide as much detail as possible to ensure efficiency and avoid further delays.
In certain instances, USCIS offers the option to check the status of the FOIA request online, which can inform the applicant of any delays or progress in processing their request. If significant time has passed beyond the projected processing times, applicants have the right to inquire with USCIS regarding the status of their Form G-639.
It is also possible to narrow down a request to specific information, which could reduce the processing time and help applicants receive their desired records more promptly.