FOIA request can help your Immigration case
A Los Angeles deportation lawyer can get you critical information on whether you were deported and other critical information about your case through what is known as a FOIA.
This stands for Freedom of Information Act.
The Los Angeles deportation lawyer will have the knowledge and ability to know which government agency to order the FOIA, how to order it and what the procedures are to order the FOIA and how to analyze the contents of the FOIA.
This can be critical to your case explains Brian D. Lerner, Los Angeles deportation lawyer.
Essentially, the FOIA is a record of what the U.S. Government has on you. It contains statements you might have signed, grounds of inadmissibility, rulings and other matters as explained by the Los Angeles deportation lawyer.
You might be asking what is so difficult about getting a FOIA.
First, even though we have one U.S. Federal Government, there are many different organizations that might have your records, and therefore says the Los Angeles deportation lawyer, the crucial information to your case. Some examples are as follows:
You can order a FOIA from the FBI.
This might include any items you might have been federally prosecuted. You can order a FOIA goes on Brian D. Lerner from the Department of State.
This would include any information obtained through any Visa related applications or other applications at any U.S. Consulate or Embassy in the world.
It would include any time you might have said or submitted items to any consular official.
The Los Angeles deportation lawyer goes on to explain you might order a FOIA from the Federal Communications Commission or the National Archives depending on your situation.
The Law Offices of Brian D. Lerner states you might get a FOIA from the Social Security Administration.
Many times people illegally here in the U.S. might obtain social security numbers or fake numbers and it would be necessary to determine what is on file at the Social Security Administration.
The Los Angeles deportation lawyer states you could get a FOIA from the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency.)
Sometimes you would be deemed inadmissible because of alleged terrorist activities or security threats.
A FOIA to the CIA explains the Los Angeles deportation lawyer might reveal what information the U.S. government has on you in this regard. You might order a FOIA from the Department of Labor.
Many times employment based petitions will be filed many years ago or from a prior employer and you cannot find the record.
Brian Lerner, Los Angeles deportation lawyer states that sometimes it might be necessary to prove you are under 245(i) which under certain circumstances would allow you to adjust status in the United States even though you are not here legally and that it is necessary to find when or if something was filed at the Department of Labor.
The Los Angeles deportation lawyer can determine where the best place would be to order your FOIA.
As you can see, there are numerous organizations that have the ability to issue a FOIA explains Brian Lerner.
One of the most important organizations to be able to file a FOIA request, explains the Los Angeles deportation lawyer is at CBP which is U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Brian D. Lerner explains that many times people come to his office and say something happened many years ago at the border of the U.S. when they tried to enter, but they were returned back to their home country. The Los Angeles deportation lawyer then goes on to state that it is critical to the processing of the case to know if there was an expedited removal order or whether there was a deportation order.
While the Los Angeles deportation lawyer can process your case the fact of whether you were deported at the border or not is critical.
If you were not deported, then the Los Angeles deportation lawyer could prepare a Provisional Waiver for you to be able to stay in the U.S. during the processing (assuming you qualify.)
Alternatively, if you were deported, then the Los Angeles deportation lawyer could prepare a Permission to Reapply for admission.
There is also critical information in the FOIA to determine what were the grounds of inadmissibility and/or deportation.
When the Los Angeles deportation lawyer reviews the case, he or she will be able to see if you committed fraud, or claimed to be a U.S. Citizen or used fake papers to come into the U.S.
The FOIA, explains Brian D. Lerner is a critical part to the proper preparation of an immigration case.
Another critical organization that you could get a FOIA would be from Immigration Court.
The Los Angeles deportation lawyer explains that many times you might need to reopen your deportation hearing or you might need to see if you even have an in absentia deportation order.
Brian D. Lerner always makes it a practice to get the FOIA’s from the Immigration Court in order to determine what happened and what arguments could be made to reopen your case.
An experienced Los Angeles deportation lawyer will be sure to do this if you have ever been in Immigration Court or have an order from an Immigration Court.
Most FOIA’s from the government will not disclose everything.
The Los Angeles deportation lawyer will be able to review what was disclosed and what was ‘whited out’ or redacted by the government.
If the Los Angeles deportation lawyer believes that more was redacted out that is legally permissible, then there is actually a way to appeal the issuance of the FOIA and what was redacted.
Brian D. Lerner states that if you appeal and win, then the governmental organization that redacted the FOIA will be ordered to provide the contents.
Sometimes, a Los Angeles deportation lawyer can be very frustrated with the contents of a FOIA.
Sometimes it might be 50 pages long and 30 pages might be completely redacted.
Obviously, that defeats the purpose of a FOIA explains Brian Lerner.
The FOIA is to get information you are legally entitled to obtain from the U.S. Government and if the U.S. Government simply crosses out everything that you could see, then what is the use.
This is the reason, explains the Los Angeles deportation lawyer for the appeal process.
The nice part about modern technology, explains Brian D. Lerner, Los Angeles deportation lawyer is that most of the FOIA requests these days can be done online.
You can submit the FOIA online, check the status online and do what you need to do in order to get the information.
It is much faster that it used to be.
Therefore, if you have ever been stopped by Immigration, or detained, or have a criminal history, or done anything illegal, or submitted anything to any agency in Immigration, you can most likely get a FOIA.
Be sure to get a good Los Angeles deportation lawyer who is familiar with the process and can analyze the case for you.
It would be a grave error if you did not hire a Los Angeles deportation lawyer to help you in this situation.