FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA) / PRIVACY ACT (PA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) provide a client with their Immigration history.

The history includes documents in possession of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection.

When submitting the request for FOIA, the client will need to submit the required United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) form; the client must state the documents they are seeking.

Depending on the documents requested, the type of track in which the documents will be provided will be determined.

There are three tracks which provide a client with the requested information.

  • Track 1 provides specific documentation requested by the client;
  • Track 2 provides all documentation and/or information available in the Immigration office pertaining to that client;
  • Track 3 provides the documentation in an expedited manner, only when the client is scheduled to appear in front of an Immigration Judge, in which case certain supporting documents are to be submitted with the application for the FOIA/PA;

Upon receipt of the required form, the client will be issued a control number, which can be used to track the status of the request. Each Track determined the processing time within which time client may expect a response back from the applicable US government agency.