'Freedom of Information Act and Immigration Agencies

The Freedom of Information Act and Its Applications in Immigration Practice


April 26, 2023


May 19, 2021

This Practice Advisory provides a broad overview of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), including how to make a FOIA request and how to appeal an inadequate response. It discusses the exemptions from FOIA that agencies are most likely to invoke in immigration cases, and lays out the basics of bringing a federal district court challenge to an agency’s failure to disclose certain documents. In addition, the Practice Advisory collects the FOIA policies of the most relevant immigration agencies in a single place.

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