FOIA

Can you get the signed I-864 with a FOIA?

Can you get the signed I-864 with a FOIA?

As noted in our articles, the executed Form I-864 can be requested through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Other lawyers have reported that such requests have returned Forms I-864 that are either fully or partially redacted. That result is arguably consistent with protections of the U.S. sponsor’s personal information under the Privacy Act. In my experience, however, FOIAs submitted by the foreign national typically are returned with an unredacted copy of the I-864. Regardless of whether this is erroneous or not on the part of USCIS, FOIA requests have proved an expedient means of acquiring the signed contract.