Learn about the Freedom of Information Act & how it can be used to help you with your immigration case. 

The Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA)5 U.S.C. §552

Under the Freedom of Information Act or FOIA5 U.S.C. § 552, individuals or organizations have a legal right to request and obtain information from the United States Government. Under FOIA, Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions that protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) statute 5 U.S.C. § 552 

We have an entire website devoted to providing information about US Immigration Law, as well as providing FREE SAMPLES & RESOURCES for Immigration Cases: www.nyimmigrationlawyers.org or www.nyimmigration.org.​

Anyone in the United States of America can file a FOIA request regardless of their legal status. You do not have to have any legal immigration status to file a FOIA request.

It is easy to do. You can file it online following the instructions on the website. http://www.foia.gov/how-to.html

For Immigration purposes, you will most likely be filing a FOIA request with one of the agencies that handles immigration matters. 


United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)



United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)


  • If you are looking for information about a stop at or near the border. 

  • If you are looking for information regarding a stop at an airport. 

  • For a CBP FOIA you use a Form G-639

  • This is CBP's FOIA website.


Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) - Immigration Court


  • If you have ever been in removal, deportation, or exlusion proceedings.

  • If you are currently in removal proceedings. 

  • If you are unsure if you were ever in removal or deportation proceedings and need to check. 

  • For EOIR FOIA you use a Form DOJ-361.

ile it online following the instructions on the website. http://www.foia.gov/how-to.html