History and Genealogy
Request Status Frequently Asked Questions
The Genealogy Program acknowledges online requests using the receipt generated when a request is successfully processed and submitted. The receipt includes the case identification number/Case ID (i.e., GEN-1000XXXX) and date of submission (open date). You will not receive any additional correspondence from us until your request has been completed. Please do not submit a duplicate request on the same immigrant as it only delays your initial request and adds to our backlog.
How Can I Check on the Progress of My Request?
In most cases, the processing time for Genealogy Requests is currently 90 days. If you would like to check the status of a particular request please send your inquiries to our Case Status Request Mailbox.You may also contact us via postal mail. Postal mail inquiries must be sent to:
USCIS Genealogy Program
90 Days Passed - Where Are the Records I Requested?
You may not have received the records you requested for one or more of the following reasons:
How Can I Help to Make Processing My Record Request Faster?
You can help speed our response to your record request by providing proof of death for any other persons one expects to be identified in a file. If all individuals identified in the file are proven deceased the file can be released without processing under the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA). Other persons most commonly found in the records are the immigrant subject's children, spouse, and/or siblings. Acceptable documentary proof includes the following:
The Genealogy Program most often finds other persons ("third parties") named and identified in the following files:
Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/06/2014