How to Receive a Copy of Deportation Papers

By Christopher Michael
Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act in 1966 to give citizens acess to documents.

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Records from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are not available to the public. The federal agency is responsible for the deportation of foreign nationals under federal law. The Freedom of Information Act, enacted in 1966, allows deportation court records to be released upon request. However, the Bush administration after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks began allowing federal agencies to withhold information if there is "a sound legal basis" for doing so. Use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain deportation records from USCIS unless the government has a sound legal basis for withholding them.

Obtain form G-639 through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It can be printed out by visiting its website or obtained in person at your nearest USCIS office.

Follow the instructions carefully. Enough accurate information must be produced to get the correct records, which includes a notarized identification of the applicant. If you are seeking information about another person, you must produce proof that you are a U.S. citizen and that you have the notarized written permission of that person.

Mail the application into USCIS branch of the National Records Center in Missouri. An electronic application may be accepted through the USCIS website if the notarized identification papers can be scanned legibly.

Pay any applicable fees to the precise amount if requested. There is a charge of 10 cents per page after the first 100 pages of documents produced. There is an hourly labor charge after the first two hours spent locating the requested documents.

About the Author

Christopher Michael began writing in 2010 for Break.com. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Writing sports and travel articles helps support his professional baseball career, which has taken him to 49 states, five continents and four oceans.

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