How to File a FOIA/PA Request
There are a number of immigration records available by request from USCIS; however, some records can only be obtained from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) or other DHS components such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Our Submitting FOIA Requests table contains information that will help you file your FOIA request.
Before filing a FOIA/Privacy Act request with USCIS, please visit the USCIS Electronic Reading Room to ensure that we have not already proactively released the records you are requesting.
Instructions for Requesting USCIS Records
Unless otherwise noted below, mail or fax all requests for USCIS records, including alien files and procurement information, to the National Records Center.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Personnel-related FOIA requests
Effective October 1, 2009, please send personnel-related FOIA requests to the National Records Center as well.
Certification of Nonexistence of a Record involves an agency decision. The USCIS Office of Records Management prepares this documentation. Requests for this service should be addressed to:
USCIS Records Operations Branch
Requesting Customs and Border Protection Records
Please visit CBP's FOIA Page to request non-Alien file Customs and Border Protection records.
Adjustment of Status - For individuals filing a Form I-485 to Adjust to Permanent Resident Status or to Register Permanent Residence, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires you to submit a copy of your official stamped passport to prove your last lawful entry into the United States. USCIS may require additional documentation after the initial filing of your Form I-485. You should only submit a FOIA request for documents for which you do not have access.
Naturalization - For individuals filing a U.S. Citizenship Application Form N-400 to obtain U.S. citizenship (naturalization), USCIS requires your entry/exit information to/from the United States for the past five (5) years. This information can be obtained by reviewing the entry/exit stamps in your passport. USCIS may require additional documentation after the initial filing of your Form N-400. You should only submit a FOIA request for documents for which you do not have access.
Bond Obligor Requests
All request for Bond Obligor requests should be requested from U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement. Bond obligor files are under the control of U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement. Please refer any requests to:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Government agencies (federal, state or local) seeking deportation information about an individual should contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the following address:
Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations
Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/13/2013