What are they?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that says any person has a right to request access to records from Federal government agencies, except those exempted by the Act.
Why file a FOIA?
Foreign nationals often have an immigration history, and many times it is a complex one that could have a potentially detrimental effect in the immigration status they already hold or are trying to obtain. Therefore, it is very important for an immigration attorney to know a client’s immigration history in detail, and oftentimes, the best (and the only) way for them to know it is by having the client file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Common Agencies To Get FOIA
FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation – for criminal history
CBP – Customs and Border Patrol – for history of border crossings
USCIS – United States Customs and Immigration Services – for history of past immigration applications, benefits awarded, etc
EOIR – Executive Office for immigration Review – for immigration history with the courts
How can we help?
At Powers Law Group, P.C. we have been successful in filing FOIA’s with each of the above offices. This has helped clients avoid filing an application that would have jeopardized their own status.
Call Powers Law Group, P.C. at (713) 589-2085 or write [email protected] for assistance today
March 2016 – Received CBP FOIA results for client
February 2016 – Received FBI Request for client