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Genealogy

Alert: On Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Immigration Legal Resource Center et al., v. Wolf, et al., 20-cv-05883-JWS, preliminarily enjoined DHS from implementing or enforcing any part of the USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements rule (PDF).

While the rule is preliminarily enjoined, we will continue to:

  • Accept USCIS forms with the current editions and current fees; and
  • Use the regulations and guidance currently in place to adjudicate applications and petitions. This includes accepting and adjudicating fee waiver requests as provided under Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 10.9 (PDF, 2.87 MB) and 10.10 (PDF, 2.87 MB).

For more information, please refer to the Federal Register Notice, dated Jan. 29, 2021.

About the Genealogy Program

The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants.

Order an Index Search or Record Request

Check the Status of an Index Search or Record Request

How Does the Process Work?

Do you have a file number, if yes then you many want to consider and index search since one person may have multiple records and fine numbers. If you request a file by number then you receive copies of record of files. If you do not have a file number or want to do a request name index search, then you will either get a positive or negative response. If you get a positive response then the letter identifies files by number with instructions.

 

What are the fees?

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FAQs

Records Available

Historical Record Series

The USCIS Genealogy Program is authorized to make five (5) series of the agency’s historical records available to requesters.

A-Files

Immigrant Files, (A-Files) are the individual alien case files, which became the official file for all immigration records created or consolidated since April 1, 1944.

Alien Registration Forms (AR-2s)

Alien Registration Forms (Form AR-2) are copies of approximately 5.5 million Alien Registration Forms completed by all aliens age 14 and older, residing in or entering the United States between August 1, 1940 and March 31, 1944.

C-Files

Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files) are copies of records relating to all U.S. naturalizations in Federal, State, county, or municipal courts, overseas military naturalizations, replacement of old law naturalization certificates, and the issuance of Certificates of Citizenship in derivative, repatriation, and resumption cases.

Registry Files

Registry Files are records, which document the creation of immigrant arrival records for persons who entered the United States prior to July 1, 1924, and for whom no arrival record could later be found.

Visa Files

Visa Files are original arrival records of immigrants admitted for permanent residence under provisions of the Immigration Act of 1924.

Image Galleries - Worth a Thousand Words

We are  excited to share our image galleries, which provide an up-close and personal view of the most common files types available from the USCIS Genealogy Program. Each image provides a description and pinpoints the location of the file number pertaining to each record.

A-Files Image Gallery

AR-2s Form Image Gallery

C-Files Image Gallery

Registry Files Image Gallery

Visa Files Image Gallery

Genealogy Notebook

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