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USCIS Genealogy Transition to the National Records Center

Because we value quality service, we want to improve efficiency and shorten the wait time for our Genealogy Program. This is why the program will transition from the agency’s Records Division in Washington, D.C. to the National Records Center (NRC) in Lee’s Summit, Missouri by Jan. 1, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will fees change?

No, fees will remain the same - $65 for each request or file type requested.

How will I submit my requests?

There will be no change to the current process. You can still submit requests online with a credit card or mail the required form (1041, Genealogy Index Search, or 1041A, Genealogy Record Request) with a check or money order payable to DHS.

How will the change affect my current, pending request?

There will be no change to your pending request. The NRC will have a separate queue for processing genealogy requests.

Will the toll-free number change?

As of Oct. 15, 2017, the Toll Free number has been disconnected.  If you have questions, please direct them to the Genealogy mailbox

Will the email address for case status inquiries change?


Will there be any changes to the current Genealogy website?


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.

Link to Do You Have a File? - Here you will find all necessary information to identify file numbers and whether they are valid or not for a Record Request.Link to Request Name Index Search - Our unique Master Index system is a combination of index tools¿partially automated and partially manual¿that work together to identify and locate old agency files and records. Link to Request File by Number - The USCIS Genealogy Program is authorized to make five (5) series of the agency's historical records available to requesters.  Other agency records may be available from the USCIS Freedom of Information (FOIA) Program, or may have transferred to the National Archives. Link to Receive Copies of Records of Files - Here you will find examples of what the Record Files look like.How Does the Process Work?

Record Request Process

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