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USCIS Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Contact:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
National Records Center, FOIA/PA Office
P. O. Box 648010
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064-8010
(816) 350-5570
Fax (816) 350-5785

Making a FOIA or PA request:

1.  To Request 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 at the address listed above.  Please note:  ALL FOIA REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING.  Form G-639 (available from this website under Immigration Forms) may be used for this purpose, but is not required.  Please see “How to make a FOIA or PA request” for detailed information necessary to process your request.  Unfortunately, we are unable to accept FOIA or PA requests by e-mail at this time. 

2.  To Request 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.

3.  To Request 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 Service Branch, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20529.

4. To Request Customs and Border Patrol records:  Effective October 1, 2007, mail all requests for non-Alien file Customs and Border Patrol records to U.S.Customs and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Attn: Mint Annex Building, FOIA Division, Washington, D.C. 20229.

5.  Effective immediately, USCIS no longer collects Social Security Numbers in connection with FOIA or PA requests.  When forwarding any documents to USCIS related to a FOIA or PA request, please ensure all Social Security Numbers are blanked out or removed.

New!  Check The Status of Your Request Online:

  • The National Records Center has created an electronic FOIA/PA status check that allows requesters the ability to obtain the status of pending requests online.   To check the status of your request you will need to click on “FOIA Request Status Check” located under “Related Links” and provide the control number assigned to your request by the National Records Center.

Reading Rooms:

1.  Conventional Reading Room:
The USCIS Public Reading Room is located at 111 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. 1st Floor, 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) 272-8280 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.

2.  Electronic Reading Room (ERR):
The ERR includes frequently requested records, opinions, policy statements, and staff manuals/instructions to staff, created after November 1, 1996.


Multitrack Processing:

USCIS uses a three-track system to process FOIA requests. 

  • Track One:  Routine requests;
  • Track Two:  Complex inquiries that normally necessitate additional search and review time; and
  • Track Three:  Requests by individuals scheduled for a hearing before an immigration judge.

Track Three became effective March 30, 2007.  It consists of FOIA requests of individuals who are scheduled to appear before an immigration judge.  The new track allows for accelerated access to A-files requested through the FOIA process, provided an individual or the individual’s representative includes at least one of the following documents with the FOIA request:

  • Notice to Appear (Form I-862);
  • Order to Show Cause (Form I-122);
  • Notice of Referral to Immigration Judge (Form I-863); or
  • A written request of continuation of a scheduled hearing before the immigration judge.

Requesters wishing to move a pending FOIA request to this new Track Three for processing must resubmit the request and comply with the above requirements. 

Notice of this new track was published in the Federal Register February 28, 2007.  A link to the Federal Register Notice is located under "Related Links" on this page.  


FOIA Requester Service Center:

The National Records Center operates a call center to answer questions about filing a request, provide status updates of pending requests, and otherwise provide assistance in obtaining records from USCIS.  The call center operates from 7:00 AM to 2:15 PM Central Time.  The phone number to reach a call center representative is (816) 350-5570.  You may also fax inquiries to the National Records Center at (816) 350-5785, or e-mail your questions to


Last updated: 05/28/2008

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