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  • USCIS Plans to Majorly Raise Fees - again!

    Have people seen this?
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/histo...2GMylZETIpg-tM
    "At a time when researching family history is booming, the nation’s immigration and citizenship agency has proposed dramatically hiking fees to access records from the first half of the 20th century. ....

    The fees would nearly triple, and in many cases, they would rise nearly 500 percent, from $130 to $625 to obtain a single paper file. The little-known Genealogy Program administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services allows genealogists, family historians and other researchers to obtain citizenship and alien registration files, visa applications and other records documenting the lives of deceased immigrants who arrived in the United States between the late 19th and mid-20th centuries."

    one of the sources of info for the article is
    "Rich Venezia, a Pittsburgh-based professional genealogist who teaches courses on how to obtain the USCIS records." and the article mentions that

    "Venezia is spearheading a public campaign to persuade the agency, now under the leadership of acting deputy homeland security secretary Ken Cuccinelli, to withdraw the fee hikes before the window for public comment closes on Dec. 16."

    and mentions:
    "Venezia said he is puzzled by the jump in fees, especially given that the program nearly tripled fees in 2016, explaining at the time that the new fees would fully cover the program’s costs, he said.

    “What could possibly have changed in three years to warrant such a huge increase?” he asked."

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    Major fee increases for simple records requests are not good.

    To make things more confusing the USCIS may not have the records you are seeking.

    Certain Alien file records have been transferred to the National Archives.

    "Alien Files (A-Files)

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) signed an agreement on June 3, 2009, to make the Alien Files a permanent series of records, transferred to NARA custody 100 years after the immigrant's year of birth.

    As of September 2019, the National Archives at Kansas City received the following holdings:

    More than 900,000 A-Files for individuals who were born 1918 and prior.

    As of September 2019, the National Archives at San Francisco received the following holdings:

    200,000 A-Files for individuals who were born 1915 and prior, largely from the INS-Honolulu and INS-Guam District Offices

    A-Files at the National Archives at San Francisco were formerly maintained by the San Francisco, Honolulu, Reno, and Guam District Offices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. However, researchers seeking individuals who may have lived in these areas should check both the National Archives at San Francisco and Kansas City records for A-Files."

    https://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/aliens

    The National Archives fee for Alien Files (A-Files) are $27 if born before 1890 and $40 for born 1890 and after.

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