USCIS Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act

Mission Statement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the nation's lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.

Genreal Information

The USCIS centralized FOIA office receives, tracks, and processes all USCIS FOIA requests to ensure transparency within our agency.

Types of Records

USCIS records take many forms. These include decision papers, memorandums, databases, audio and video recordings, publications, web pages, telephone logs, and e-mail messages.

FOIA Updates

USCIS FOIA is going digital. If you have an immigration court date pending and you filed a FOIA request, you can now digitially access documents you have requested through FOIA as soon as we process them. This saves time, saves paper, and eliminates the risk of your FOIA documents getting damaged or lost in the mail.

Our online delivery option is just one of the many enhancements we’re making to the FOIA Immigration Record SysTem (FIRST). At this time, you can set up an account through myUSCIS and link it to your case. Once complete, you will be able to log into the digital delivery center to view and/or download the records you requested.

Already have a myUSCIS account? Simply login and link the case to your existing account. Once you have linked your FOIA case to your account, we will email you when we have processed your case and your records are ready to be accessed.

Electronic Reading Room

We have created a new look for our Electronic Reading Room that provides a user-friendly environment with more topics to choose from. It also includes a search function that will look for keywords within the titles and teasers of the documents.

Visit the FOIA Office

The National Records Center is generally closed to the public, but outreach tours and briefings are offered throughout the year. If you would like to tour the FOIA office in Lee's Summit, Missouri, send us your contact information to We will contact you to schedule your visit.

FOIA/PA Overview How to File a FOIA/PA Request

Check Status of Request  USCIS Electronic Reading Room

USCIS FOIA/PA Headquarters Office

FOIA Public Liaison
Jill A. Eggleston

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
National Records Center, FOIA/PA Office
P.O. Box 648010
Lee's Summit, MO 64064-8010

USCIS Contact Center: 1-800-375-5283An image or TTY 800-767-1833Phone icon
Fax: (802) 288-1793An image or (816) 350-5785An image
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Thursday, June 21, 2018
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