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G-639, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Request

Purpose of Form

This form is used to request access to information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.

Number of Pages

Form 2; Instructions 3.

Edition Date

01/29/12. A new edition of this form is coming soon. In the meantime, customers may file using the 01/29/12 edition. No other previous editions accepted.

Where to File

See the form for directions on where to send your application.

Filing Fee


Special Instructions

Do not use this form:

  • To determine the status of pending applications. (For status inquires, write to the USCIS office where the application was filed or call our National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.)
  • For consular notification of a visa petition approval, (use Form I-824 Application for action on an Approved Application or Petition).
  • For the return of original documents, (use Form G-884, Request for Return of Original Documents).
  • For records of naturalization prior to September 27, 1906, (contact the clerk of court where naturalization occurred.)
  • For information on USCIS manifest arrivals prior to December 1982, (contact the National Archives.)
  • To obtain proof of status (i.e., Social Security benefit, Selective Service requirement).

Certifications: Certification of Nonexistence of a Record involves an agency decision. The Office of Records Management prepares this documentation. Requests for this service should be addressed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ATTN: Records Services Branch, 1200 First Street, NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20529-2204. 

Note on Filing Fee: The fee charged for a FOIA/Privacy Act Request may vary. See the instructions on the form itself for further details. You do not need to send any money with your request. 

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/17/2012