Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Contact:
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Program
111 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., 2nd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20529
Please note: ALL FOIA REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING. Form 639 may be used for this purpose, but is not required. Please click on ¿How to make a FOIA request¿ for detailed information necessary to process your request. Mail requests for alien files to the National Records Center, FOIA/PA office, P.O. Box 648010, Lee¿s Summit, MO 64064-8010. For procurement information mail requests to: USCIS FOIA/PA, 70 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, Vermont 05403-6813. All other requests, including Border Patrol requests, mail to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service FOIA/PA, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20529.
Human Resources Information: Mail requests for this information to: Customs and Border Protection, Burlington Human Resources Office, 70 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, Vermont 05403-6813.
Certifications: 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 Services Branch, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20529.
Reading Rooms:The USCIS Public Reading Room is located at 111 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. 1st Floor, ULLICO Building, Washington, D.C. 20529. The hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Reading Room is closed on Federal holidays. Please contact the Freedom of Information Office at (202) 272-8269 to make arrangements to view information in the Reading Room. At this on-site location you can review information that has been placed in binders and shelved, or you can take advantage of two computers made ready for electronic viewing of information maintained in our Electronic Reading Room.
The majority of information in our public reading room is made up of Administrative Decisions. The numerous Decisions have been indexed and categorized to assist you in navigating to your desired document.
Conventional Reading Room (CRR):
Electronic Reading Room (ERR):
- The ERR includes frequently requested records, opinions, policy statements, and staff manuals/instructions to staff, created after November 1, 1996.
- Three bureaus of the Department of Homeland Security are charged with the administration and enforcement of the immigration and nationality laws: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Files are maintained on all immigrants into the United States, transient visitors, undesirable aliens, violators of immigration and naturalization laws, petitioners for naturalization, and enemy aliens. Records pertaining to the investigation of illegal entry, smuggling, and fraudulent documents, as well as administration of the agency are also maintained.
- FOIA requests are placed in one of two tracks. Requests for a relatively small number of specific documents that require 20 days or less to process are in the first track. Track two is for complex, voluminous requests which require more than 20 days to locate, review, and prepare the records for disclosure.