FOIA Requests

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). The FOIA provides that any person has a right to request access to immigration records, except those records exempted by the Act.

At the Law Office of Ruby L. Powers we have been successful in filing FOIA’s with USCIS, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and have helped clients avoid filing an application that would have jeopardized their own status.