Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Renée K. Carl

Hello David
Thank you for looking at the information. You do not need to be a US resident nor citizen to submit a public comment. Any interested party can make their voice heard. It does not matter if you live in the USA or another location. The only part that is for US residents is writing to Congress. 

The only way to impact the rulemaking process is to submit comments at the Federal portal.

You can make a difference. Make your voice heard in 3 easy steps:

Step 1Review the proposed rule here, and jump to the Genealogy Program section here. There’s a summary available at

Step 2Write your comments, addressing the issues listed here or any issue you think is important. See these conversation starters for thoughts on how to begin. 

Step 3Send your comments BEFORE 16 DECEMBER 2019 to

    • Federal Rulemaking Portal and refer to DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010 and follow instructions for submitting comments; and
    • Send a copy of your comments to your US Senators and Representative, and refer to DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010. Tell them you care about preserving access to federal records!
Only part B of this last step is for US residents. Everyone can help with sending comments to the Rulemaling Portal.

Thank you 

On Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 12:23 am David Lewin, <david@...> wrote:
As I see it, is directed at US citizen.    This is an International problem, not an American one.

Please will you make a Petition place for all researchers to use

David Lewin

At 14:16 20/11/2019, Renée K. Carl wrote:
Building off of Jan Meisels Allen's 15 Nov post (, I have more information to share on the outrageous proposal by USCIS Genealogy Program to raise the cost of accessing documents by more than 400%. An ad hoc group of genealogists, historians, and records access advocates have compiled a summary of the issues, information on the USCIS Genealogy program, and 3 easy steps you can take to help stop this fee hike.

Visit and please take a few minutes to post your comments on the fee hikes at the Federal Rulemaking Portal (not here!). All you need to know and all the links are located at .

Equally important, please share this information with your local JGS and other genealogy groups, historians, etc. This issue is important beyond the USCIS records. If it can happen to those records, it can happen to others!

Thank you for your time and assistance!
Renee K. Carl
Washington DC

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