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FOIA Requests in Houston, Texas

Houston Immigration Lawyers

When you are facing possible deportation or you are applying for 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 to access this information.

At Sebastian Simon Law Group, PLLC, our Houston immigration attorneys can help you file a FOIA request and ensure that your right to information is being upheld. Call us at (713) 839-0639 today.

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!

Understanding the FOIA Process

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 an 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.

Working with a Qualified Team of Houston Immigration Lawyers

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.

Success Stories

"We helped a client get his case approved based on marriage (USC wife petitioned for Mexican husband). The case was initially denied when he applied on his own. USCIS thought they didn't have enough proof of cohabitation. In addition, there were discrepancies during the initial interview. USCIS was claiming marriage fraud. Attorney Sebastian Simon refiled everything, went to the interview and case got approved."

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