Under the Freedom of Infromation Act or FOIA, 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 which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.


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




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.