FOIA Requests

The more informed you are, the better you’ll be able to navigate any immigration issue. Our team at Los Angeles Legal Advocates will assess your case and request the documents and records with the information you need through FOIA.

What is FOIA? 

The Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, was first established in 1967. The Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, offers anyone the statutory right to full or partial access of any previously unreleased information from executive government branch agencies. Make a FOIA request for the information you need, and your right will be court-enforced.

When it comes to your immigration case, you may need certain government records in order to make your case. You can file a FOIA request for:

  • Immigration records (your own or someone else’s, with permission).
  • Agency policies.
  • Agency communication and data.
  • Other agency records.


How to file a FOIA request? 

There is no specific form used to make a FOIA request. Simply submit the request to the immigration agency’s FOIA office. Your request must “reasonably describe” the documents you need to request. Requests can be sent through web form, fax, email, or by mail.


  • US Citizen and Immigration Service FOIA- This type of request will disclose any and all applications filed with USCIS. At times, court records from the Department of Justice may appear, as well as certain border apprehensions before the year 2000. 
  • OBIM FOIA- This type of request is made via fingerprints, and will help obtain records from apprehension at the border, where fingerprints were collected.  It may also disclose any biometric appointment record in existance. 
  • Customs and Border Patrol FOIA- This type of request will help us find apprehension at the border after the year 2000 by border patrol.  It can also yield apprehensions within the U.S. at any border or CBP checkpoint. 
  • Department of State FOIA-  This request facilitates locating records from any consulate where an application for admission into the U.S. was made including but not limited to Non Immigrant Visa and Immigrant Visa applications. 
  • Department of Labor FOIA- This type of request is helpful to locate any application made for a labor certification when an application has been in the process of applying for an employment based visa. 


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