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Jan Meisels Allen

I was asked if I could enumerate types of records that one may find from USCIS.  These are a list of some of the types of records you may find:


Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files), September 27, 1906 to March 31, 1956


·         Alien Registration Forms (Form AR-2), August 1940 to March 1944


·         Visa Files, July 1, 1924 to March 31, 1944


·               Registry Files, March 1929 to March 31, 1944


·               A-Files, April 1, 1944 to May 1, 1951


If you had  relatives who immigrated to the United States in the 20th century this the place to order the above records.


Per USCIS the A-File is:

What Are A-Files?


Alien Files, or "A-Files," are individual files identified by subject's Alien Registration Number ("A-number"). An A-number is a unique personal identifier assigned to a non-citizen. A-Files became the official file for all immigration and naturalization records created or consolidated since April 1, 1944.




Per USCIS the C-File is:

What are C-Files?        


Certificate Files, or "C-Files,"  document naturalizations - the acquisition of United States citizenship after birth. C-Files contain copies of records evidencing the:


    Granting of naturalized U.S. citizenship by courts between from 1906 to 1956; and

    Issuance of Certificates of Citizenship to those who derived or resumed U.S. citizenship.


C-Files are a product of the Basic Naturalization Act of 1906. That law created the Federal Naturalization Service and required the new agency to collect and maintain copies of all naturalization records nationwide. The C-File series later expanded to include records of U.S. citizenship acquired by derivation (naturalization by virtue of qualifying relation to another who is a birthright or naturalized citizen) and resumption or repatriation by former citizens that expatriated themselves (lost their U.S. citizenship).


Between September 27, 1906 until March 31, 1956, the Federal Naturalization Service stored its citizenship records in C-Files. Certain C-File documents are duplicated in the records of naturalization courts across the nation. Other C-File documents are unique.



Per USCIS Registry file are:

What are Registry Files?


Registry Files document the creation of official immigrant arrival records under the Registry Act of March 2, 1929 (45 Stat 1512). The Registry Act applied to persons who entered the United States prior to July 1, 1924, and for whom no arrival record could later be found. Because the Registry Program required applicants to document their arrival and subsequent residence in the country, Registry Files often contain significant biographical information about the subject immigrant.



The most important thing is to oppose the obscene fee increases. Go to: for more information and

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Written comments must be submitted on or before December 16, 2019.  Comments must be identified by DHS Docket No. USCIS– 2019–0010 by one of the following methods:

•Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://

•By Mail: Samantha Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Mailstop  #2140, Washington, DC 20529–2140.

No hand delivered or couriered comments will be accepted. Nor will they accept anything on digital medial storage devices such as CDs/DVDs or USB drives.

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee