VISA and Registry Files: USCIS information #records
The USCIS form G-1041-A allows for requests of five items. I understand
the first three; the A-File, the C-File and the AR-File. And, I have
those numbers from the U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995 at
However, the form G-1041-A also allows for requests for VISA Files
(1924-1944) and Registry Files (1929-1944). Where do you get these
numbers from? Will an Index Search Request always provide all five index
numbers? Is there another way to find or obtain the VISA and Registry
For instance, on my grandmothers Certificate of Arrival (attached),
there are a bunch of numbers. Are any of those the VISA or Registry?
There are more numbers on the two pages of her ship manifests into
Baltimore, also attached.
Moishe, this USCIS webpage has links to the various types of files available from the Genealogy Program: https://www.uscis.gov/history-and-genealogy/genealogy/historical-records-series-available-from-the-genealogy-program . If you follow the link to each file type, you will be presented with a description of the contents, as well as an aid to finding the file number, if the number is available outside of USCIS.
For Registry Files (https://www.uscis.gov/history-and-genealogy/genealogy/historical-record-series/registry-files-march-2-1929-march-31-1944 ), there are some cases where the number can be found outside of USCIS.
For Visa Files (https://www.uscis.gov/history-and-genealogy/genealogy/historical-record-series/visa-files-july-1-1924-march-31-1944 ), the number isn't available outside USCIS & must be obtained from an Index Request.
HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York; KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
KRONOWITH: Hungary > New York; OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York ; SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL: Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel; WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles