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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) entitles every person access to certain information from the federal government. A person can file a request called “a FOIA request,” to USCIS, CBP, EOIR, ICE, and other federal agencies to request documents about themself or others. There are many reasons a person may want to see documents that the government has relating to them. These records can contain information regarding an individual’s past border apprehensions, application receipts, decisions from USCIS, or any interactions with other federal or state government entities.

When the person is applying for an immigration benefit, a FOIA request can be invaluable. It is not only helpful but also often critical to the success of the person’s case to have a copy of certain documents. Such information can prove the person’s eligibility for immigration relief or may reveal information that can potentially damage a person’s eligibility which is why it is extremely important to request and carefully review what information exists within government records before placing someone at risk. For example, a person might need to see his or her CBP record for any apprehensions, detentions, and/or expedited removals at the border before applying for a waiver or leaving the country to attend a consular interview.

Signature’s team has years of experience reviewing FOIA records, some of which contain hundreds of pages of documents, and we can help you through the process. Signature independent Immigration Attorneys will thoroughly examine your records, no matter how lengthy, in order to make a clear determination of your eligibility for immigration relief.

Most FOIA requests filed in individual immigration cases are free. Further, no payment is required when you first send a FOIA request. Although federal agencies can recover certain costs for the time spent searching for records and the number of pages copied, the first two hours of search time are free, and the first one hundred pages copied are free.

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