What is the purpose of Form G-639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIA) Request?

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Form G-639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request has four primary uses:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident requesting his or her own immigration records
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident requesting immigration records of another person
  • Non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident requesting his or her own immigration records
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident requesting changes to his or her immigration records

You may also use Form G-639 for other requests. However, you should not file Form G-639 for any of the following reasons:

  • To determine the status of a pending application. Instead, call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.
  • For consular notification of a visa petition approval. Instead, use Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition.
  • To request the return of original documents. Instead, use Form G-884, Request for Return of Original Documents.
  • To request records of naturalization prior to September 27, 1906. Instead, write the clerk of court where the naturalization occurred.
  • To request information on USCIS manifest arrivals prior to December 1982. Instead, write the National Archives.
  • To obtain proof of status (i.e. Social Security benefit, Selective Service requirement).

 

 

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