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Making a Request by Mail

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).

The Genealogy Request Forms 

You may submit Genealogy Requests; by mail using Forms G-1041 (Index Search) and G-1041A (Record Request). Mailing addresses are available in the form instructions (see below).

Response information

Please note that all Search Results and Records from the USCIS Genealogy Program will be sent through United States Postal Service. Records are not available in electronic formats.

Payment information

Please be sure to submit payment with your request form.Genealogy requests will not be processed until payment is received. Requests paid by mail may be in the form of cashier's check or money order only. Please do not send cash. More information about payment is available in the downloadable form instructions.

Do not mail requests to our Washington, DC address.

All forms and fees must be mailed to the P.O. Box address found on the instructions for both forms (below). Any forms and fees sent to Washington will be forwarded to Chicago for proper processing. Sending requests to Washington will only delay your case. Only correspondence and questions should be sent to the Genealogy Program in Washington.

Important:If the immigrant whom you are seeking information about was born less than 100 years prior to the date of your request, you must attach documentary proof of death to your request form. Do not send original records because they will not be returned to you. Information about acceptable forms of proof of death is availablein the form instructions below.

Forms and Instructions

Index Search

Record Request

*Please read all the instructions before submitting your request.

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