Requests for copies of historical INS records or files must identify the record by file number or other file identifier. If you have the file number information described below, please submit a Record Request (Form G-1041A). Otherwise, submit a Genealogy Index Search Request (Form G-1041) first.
Records relating to all U.S. naturalizations, replacement certificates, and Certificates of Citizenship issued between Sept. 27, 1906 and March 31, 1956. The majority of C-Files exist only on microfilm.
Provide the certificate number, and the court and date of naturalization.
Original arrival records of immigrants admitted for permanent residence between July 1, 1924 and March 31, 1944. The Visa File number does NOT appear on a ship passenger list. Accordingly, an Index Search Request is almost always required to find a Visa number.
Provide the Visa number and arrival information as obtained from prior Genealogy Search Request (Form G-1041).
The Genealogy Program provides access to A-Files numbered below 8 million. Note that some A-Files have transferred to the National Archives and higher numbered A-Files must be requested from USCIS FOIA. Also note that some A-numbers below 8 million may have a corresponding Form AR-2. However, INS usually consolidated (refiled) the AR-2 in the new A-File jacket. Accordingly, you may wish to request the A-File first.