Matthew EmrichAssociate Director of Fraud Detection and National Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
On November 15, 2015, Matthew Emrich began serving as the Associate Director for the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS). In November 2012, Emrich was selected as the deputy associate director of FDNS. In this position, he managed more than 180 headquarters-based staff who issue operational guidance for more than 900 FDNS personnel. Emrich has more than 21 years of immigration law enforcement and intelligence experience. He began his civilian government career in 1997 as a special agent for the legacy INS Chicago District. While serving in the INS, Emrich’s criminal investigator assignments included the Lake County Repeat Offender Task Force and the Anti-Smuggling Unit. Following Sept. 11, 2001, he was detailed to the National Security Unit at INS headquarters and later selected for assignment to the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force. Emrich also served as a supervisory special agent and assistant ICE attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help establish the first permanent ICE Visa Security Program post. In February 2008, Emrich headed ICE’s headquarters-based analytic units as a deputy assistant director in ICE’s Office of Intelligence. Following the attempted bombing of a commercial airliner on Dec. 25, 2009, he was the chief of the DHS Threat Task Force which provided integrated intelligence and operational information to DHS leadership and components. In May 2010, Emrich was selected as the chief of the Intelligence Division within FDNS. Emrich served for eight years on active duty in the Marine Corps in counterintelligence and infantry. He was also deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as a senior human intelligence analyst for multinational forces. Emrich has a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a graduate certificate in applied management from the Australian Institute of Police Management and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Park University. He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since November 2012.