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Request Records through the Freedom of Information Act or Privacy Act
Alert: To respond to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act (PA) request as quickly as possible, we will soon stop accepting requests by fax or email. We strongly encourage you to begin using our online FOIA request and response service.
This service has several advantages for anyone making a FOIA request to USCIS:
  • Get your request to us instantly;
  • Track its progress as we review;
  • Receive our response as soon as its ready; and
  • Download records whenever you need them. 
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA), you can request:
  • Immigration records, whether your own or someone else’s with their permission; and
  • Agency policies, data, communications, and other records.
How to Request and Receive Records as Quickly as Possible
Step 1: Read this entire page, to ensure you request records the right way, from the right agency.
Step 2: Confirm we have not already posted the records you need in the USCIS Electronic Reading Room.
Step 3: Plan to request only the specific documents you need. We can return precise requests much faster than an entire file.
Step 4: Make your FOIA request online to bypass mailing, paper processing, and returned mail that can add significant additional time to your request. You can also use this service to receive records online if you have already made a request by mail. See below.
Step 5: Check the status of your request online. We will email you to check your account once your files are ready to download.
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