Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Use the FOIA to get a copy of your immigration file from the USCIS, ICE, CBP or the Immigration Court (EOIR).

This can be very important when you want to apply for an immigration benefit, and have had some dealings with the agency in the past.  Even more important if you are in removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge.

Imagine that you once applied for asylum, but you stopped renewing your employment card years ago. FOIANow you are married to a citizen of the U.S. and have a citizen child, and you want to apply for permanent residence. Your file might reveal that you are under a final order of deportation, that the Judge “administratively closed” your case, or that your case never went to court at all. You definitely want to know what happened to your application BEFORE you apply for a green card.

Reviewing your government file is like taking a peek at your opponent’s cards before you place your bet in a poker game.


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You can submit a FOIA request online using the new Freedom of Information Act Records SysTem (FIRST) to request:

  • Your own immigration record,
  • Another person’s immigration record, or;
  • Non-A-file information such as policies, data, or communications

Using FIRST eliminates the time and expense associated with mail-in requests.

Our Freedom of Information Act Page is divided into the following subtopics:

Freedom of Information Act Laws and Litigation

Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Department of State (DOS)

Department of Labor (DOL)

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Practice Advisories from the American Immigration Council (AIC)


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