Thursday, May 14, 2009

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program providing family historians and other researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records.

The Program offers two services:

1--Index Search: Using biographical information provided by the researcher, USCIS searches its historical immigration and naturalization record indices for citations related to a specific immigrant. Search results (record citations) are returned to the researcher, along with instructions on how to request the file(s) from USCIS or the National Archives. Fee: $20.00.

2--Record Copy Request: Researchers with valid record citations (USCIS file numbers), gained through a USCIS Genealogy Program index search or through independent research, may request copies of historical immigration and naturalization records. Fee: $20.00/$35.00
(depending on the record type). Records can include Naturalization Certificate Files, Alien Registration Forms, Visa files, Registry Files, and Alien Files.

Due to the tremendous number of requests received when this program became available, they are currently still answering requests received in mid-February 2009 or earlier.

Along the right column of the web page you will find importqant links to detailed information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this service, and how to make a genealogy request.

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