Re: USCIS Proposes Fee Increases for Genealogy Records # United States # Records Access

Jan Meisels Allen

The home page for USCIS genealogy is:  On the right under additional help is a link to order online or or go directly to: which is the web page for requests and fill out which form you need, the index search, the search if you know the case ID or the for where you don't know the search ID.

Yes, the fees are per request so if you are looking for Hannah Gold and they have the record for her it will be $385. If you are looking for multiple people it will be a multiple of that fee.

Preexisting digital records means the records have been digitized and exist as such, If they don't have them digitized then the paper copy is the route and fee one had to pay.

I have no idea how long it takes for USCIS to reply--the request center is in Missouri.

Welcome to government speak and reading regulations.

There is nothing beneficial to the proposed rule in my estimation other than they are dramatically raising the prices so get your orders in soon before the proposed regulation becomes final.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:43:03 AM PST, lnmp <lnmp@...> wrote:

I found the proposed rule as it relates to genealogy records very confusing.  I recently submitted a Form G-1041 by mail - I did not see a way to submit it electronically.  I have yet to receive a response from USCIS.  What do they mean by "pre-existing digital records" and how would I know whether they are available?  Is the $385 for all records or only for a single item, like a visa application?  I'm trying to understand whether the proposed changes (other than the considerable cost increases) would be beneficial.

Saratoga County, NY 

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