Matthew D. Emrich, Associate Director, Fraud Detection and National Security

Experience and Achievements

Matthew Emrich is the associate director of the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS). He manages more than 180 headquarters-based staff who issue operational guidance for more than 900 FDNS personnel. Emrich previously served as the deputy associate director of FDNS.

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 Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Chicago District. While working for INS and subsequently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, his assignments included a 9/11 response detail to the INS headquarters National Security Unit, serving on the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force, serving as an acting section chief for the National Security Investigations Division and serving as the assistant ICE attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In February 2008, Emrich became the deputy assistant director in ICE’s Office of Intelligence and was responsible for ICE’s headquarters-based analytic units. Immediately following the attempted airline bombing on Dec. 25, 2009, he was asked to serve as the branch chief for the DHS Threat Task Force, where he led efforts to provide integrated intelligence and operational information to DHS’ chief intelligence officer and components.

In May 2010, Emrich was selected to be the chief of what was then the Intelligence Branch (now Intelligence Division) within FDNS. He led USCIS’ efforts to analyze, produce, and disseminate immigration-related intelligence products and to coordinate information-sharing between USCIS and other U.S. government agencies.

Before his civilian government employment, Emrich served for eight years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in the counterintelligence and infantry fields. He has also worked in Baghdad as a deployed Senior Human Intelligence Analyst for Multinational Forces – Iraq.


Emrich has a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice administration from Park College, and a graduate certificate in applied management from the Australian Institute of Police Management.

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