Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Major FOIA Victory: Permanent Injunction – Hajro v. USCIS

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"Having determined Defendant United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to be in violation of certain provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) for the reasons set forth in the court’s order of October 13, 2011 on cross-motions for summary judgment, including FOIA’s timing provisions as set forth in 5 U.S.C. ' 552(a)(6),the court hereby orders that: 1) USCIS shall comply with the requirements set forth in 5 U.S.C. ' 552(a)(6)(A) and (B).  a) USCIS shall provide a copy of a requestor’s alien registration file within the twenty business-day time limit mandated by 5 U.S.C. ' 552(a)(6)(A)(i). b) USCIS shall make a determination with respect to any FOIA appeal within the twenty-business-day time limit mandated by 5 U.S.C. ' 552(a)(6)(A)(ii). c) USCIS shall issue the written notice mandated by 5 U.S.C. ' 552(a)(6)(B) to a requestor if an extension of an additional ten business days is needed