Before filing a FOIA/Privacy Act request, 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
National Records Center, FOIA/PA Office
P. O. Box 648010
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064-8010
Live Assistance: 1-800-375-5283
Fax (816) 350-5785
You must submit your FOIA request in writing. You can use Form G-639, but is not required.
Please see the Freedom of Information Request Guide for detailed information necessary to process your request.
If you are able to scan the subject of record’s notarized signature or signature made under penalty of perjury, attach it to an e-mail and send it to email@example.com. We will accept this email as your FOIA request.
USCIS does not collect Social Security Numbers in connection with FOIA or PA requests. When forwarding any documents to USCIS related to a FOIA or PA request, please blank out or remove all Social Security Numbers.
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 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Attn: Records Service Branch, 1200 First Street, NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20529-2204.
Requesting Customs and Border Protection Records
Mail all requests for non-Alien file Customs and Border Protection records to:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
799 9th Street NW, Mint Annex
Washington, DC 20229-1177
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
Executive Information & Reporting Unit
500 12th Street SW #2040
Mail Stop 5200
Washington, DC 20536-5001