Making Freedom of Information Act Requests (Form G-639)

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What is Form G-639, Freedom of Information Act 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 for yourself or consent to another individual accessing immigration records pertaining to you.

How do I make a FOIA request for a child?

If a parent is filing Form G-639 (FOIA Request), on behalf of a minor child, then he or she must submit proof of parentage for the verification of identity section.

Where can I find my Alien Registration Number?

Also known as an A-Number, your Alien Registration Number is an 8 or 9 digit number that can be found on a variety of documents from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the former INS.

How should I sign Form G-639?

USCIS has an obligation to ensure the privacy of the Subject or Record on Form G-639. The Subject or Record may sign Form G-639 with a notarized affidavit or sworn declaration under penalty of perjury.

What is an alien file (A-file)?

An alien file, commonly known as an A-file, is the collection of documents that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) maintains for foreign-born individuals who have arrived in the United States as immigrants or nonimmigrants.