When you are facing possible deportation or you are applying for a new immigration status (such as permanent residency or naturalization), it may be necessary to learn what type of information the U.S. government has in your immigration file. Through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), you have the right of access this information.
At Simon Law Group, PLLC, our Houston immigration attorneys can help you file a FOIArequest and ensure that your right to information is being upheld.
We help our clients determine exactly what kind of information needs to be requested, which grounds should be used for requesting the information, which agency contains the information, which documents need to be filled out and more. It is our goal to help you carry out your FOIA request as accurately and efficiently as possible so that you do not have to deal with any unnecessary roadblocks. Do not hesitate to consult with our team if there is information you need to track down from the U.S. government for your immigration matter!
Individuals typically need to fill out Form G-639 (Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request) if they want to get information through the FOIA process, though other forms may be needed for requesting certain types of information. It is vital that this form is filled out correctly, as any mistakes or missing information can result in a request being delayed or denied. While most immigration-related FOIA requests are made through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there may be situations in which a request should be made through a different federal agency.
When you ask for information through FOIA, it can take a long time to receive the information you need. Depending on the urgency of your situation, it may take a few weeks to about a month, or it may even take several months. A skilled lawyer will know how to help you craft a FOIA request that clearly demonstrates any need for quicker processing of your information, such as when the information is needed for upcoming immigration court proceedings. This will likely require submitting certain types of documentation along with your request, such as your Notice to Appear.
In some cases, individuals do not even need to go through the FOIA process, as there might be faster alternatives for obtaining the information they need. Our firm can help you determine the best course of action for your particular matter and help you work effectively to reach your goals.