Practice Advisory: Requests for Arrest Reports in Immigration Matters

Last Updated

July 29, 2019

Practitioners are increasingly seeing requests by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, consular officers, and immigration judges, or IJs, for their clients’ arrest reports. Requests for these reports are being made even where the client was never charged or convicted of a crime. This practice advisory explains how arrest reports can impact immigration adjudications, how advocates can challenge the consideration of arrest reports, and practical considerations to keep in mind when deciding how to respond to a request for an arrest report.