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


Form G-639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request, can be used to obtain access to USCIS immigration records. You can make the request or consent to another individual accessing immigration records pertaining to you. And individual may use Form G-639 to:

  • Request his or her own immigration records
  • Request immigration records of another person (with that person's consent)
  • Correct or amend these records

For most requests, USCIS will provide copies of these records at no cost to you. (Requests that require significant hours and photocopying will incur fees.) 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).

Use CitizenPath to help you prepare Form G-639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request. Our software will help you prepare the form correctly so that you can obtain your immigration records. Try it free.

 Source: USCIS


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