USCIS Request for Comments - Your Help Needed! #usa #records

Renée K. Carl

Hi all,
In the past, this group has been so helpful in efforts to fight the attempts by
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to hike fees for its Genealogy Program. Now, USCIS wants to know what you think! USCIS published a call for public comments in the Federal Register, and the deadline to submit is May 19th 2021. Make your voice heard about the Genealogy Program, and urge USCIS to transfer their historical records to the National Archives.

This is a rare opportunity to voice your concerns about the USCIS Genealogy Program, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program, or about public access to information and records generally.


The Records Not Revenue team (of which I am a part) has all the information you need, including comment starters, at


What does USCIS want to know? USCIS wants to identify barriers between their services and your satisfaction. They framed the call for comments with a series of questions relating to the barriers. Don’t worry – all the information is in a user-friendly format at:


Please make sure to submit your comments by May 19th. Please use your voice to demonstrate that Americans value our immigration history and records, and demand those records are preserved and available for research.

Thank you for considering this request!
Renee Carl, for the Records Not Revenue team
Washington, DC