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DHS FOIA Request Submission Form

Use this form to make an Electronic FOIA (E-FOIA) request (You may also use this form to make a Privacy Act request.) The use of this form is voluntary. If you choose to submit a FOIA request electronically, you must complete the fields marked with an "*". If you do not enter accurate or required information, we may be unable to fulfill your FOIA request. To learn how we use the information you provide, please read our Privacy Policy.


DHS Component

Use the links below for additional information if you are unsure which office or component to submit your request to:

Or submit a request to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).


Contact Information


Requesting Personal Records

*** If you are requesting access to records about an individual, additional information may be required in order to facilitate the processing of your request. The DHS component your request is routed to will advise you if any additional information is required to aid the disclosure process.***


Description

Describe the records you are seeking as clearly and precisely as you can. If your request is vague or too broad, we may ask you to be more specific, and this will delay the processing of your request. If you are submitting a request to USCIS please include A-Number and DOB within the request description for proper processing of your request.


Agreement to Pay

Please be advised that by making a FOIA request, it shall be considered an agreement by you to pay all applicable fees up to $25.00, unless you have been granted a fee waiver. We will confirm this agreement in our acknowledgement letter. When making a request, you may specify a willingness to pay a greater or lesser amount.


Requester Category


Fee Waiver

Fees otherwise chargeable in connection with a request for disclosure of a record shall be waived or reduced where it is determined that disclosure is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operation or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.


Expedite Processing

Some requests may qualify for expedited treatment if the requester can demonstrate that it meets certain criteria established under DHS regulations. See 6 C.F.R. § 5.5(d)(1).

Please select and describe in detail if you believe your request warrants expeditious handling:

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