USCIS has a processing goal of two weeks for Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document. In certain situations, you may be able to expedite it.
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.
In many cases there is no fee to file a FOIA request with Form G-639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request. There are some exceptions.
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.
Through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), anyone can obtain a copy of their immigration records with USCIS. We'll explain how.
Normally, USCIS processes FOIA requests (Form G-639) using a first-in, first-out method. In certain situations, the requester can ask for expedited processing.
In some cases you can receive priority processing after filing Form G-639, Freedom of Information Act Request.
The Freedom of Information Act requires that USCIS acknowledge your request within 20 business days from the date received. But it will likely take longer to obtain the answer to your inquiry.
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.
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.