Re: USCIS questions

Mark Jacobson

Hi Robert,

USCIS would unlikely be of any help to you unless you have been unable to find a naturalization record for one of your great-grandparents. USCIS does not have passenger manifests. They don't have Visa files before 1924. They don't have any records of pre 1924 immigrants unless they naturalized between 1906 and 1956, and then they only have copies of naturalization records you likely can find in other places. They are the search of last resort, unless you had people arriving during the Alien file era beginning in 1944, where you can find a lot of material. Make sure you fully research your ancestors first - did the naturalize, when did they naturalize, where were they living, are record indexes online, are records online. Check the US Census for dates, check familysearch and ancestry for records. Remember that before 1922 married women did not separately naturalize from their husbands, so if your great grandfather naturalized before mid 1922 his wife did not file a separate naturalization.

Mark Jacobson
Past President, JGSPBCI
Gesher Galicia Board member
JRI-Poland Town Leader Boryslaw and Drohobycz
Boca Raton, FL

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On Thursday, January 2, 2020, 03:55:06 PM EST, Robert Hanna <robert.hanna41@...> wrote:

All 4 of my grandparents and 2 of my great grandparents came to the US, arriving at Ellis Island from eastern Europe between 1906 and 1914.

Now that our objections to the change of fees for USCIS have been voiced, I have a few questions:

1.  What is the proposed date of change for the fees?
2.  What documents does the USCIS hold, what information do they have, and which would be important for me to have?
3.  Does the search charge cover ALL records of one person or does it cover only ONE record of one person?
4.  How do I start the process?  Is there a form?  If so, where would I find the form?

Robert Hanna

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