Where can I find immigration records?
The USCIS arrival records and A-Files are available through the USCIS Freedom of Information Act Program (FOIA).
How do I find Ellis Island Records?
At the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and on the Foundation’s website you can explore your family heritage by searching nearly 65 million passenger records and ship manifests, examining information collected at debarkation points.
What were the ships called that brought immigrants to America?
Ocean Crossings. Ocean liners were ships of transport for immigrants and machines of leisure, status, and national prestige.
Can you look up someone’s immigration status?
To find out a person’s immigration status, you can either use the E-Verify website or submit a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The method that is most appropriate for you will depend on your reason for needing this information.
Can you get immigration records online?
You can receive records online even if: You did not file for immigration benefits online; You have a representative, as they can request your records through their USCIS online account; or. You already requested your records by mail, email, or fax.
Where can I find Ellis Island records for free?
Now, a complete collection of Ellis Island passenger lists is available online and searchable for free at FamilySearch. These ship passenger records span more than half the nation’s history, including millions of arrivals during the “Great Wave” of immigration (1880s–early 1920s).
What are ship records called?
The National Archives has passenger arrival records, sometimes called “ship passenger lists,” for arrivals to the United States from foreign ports between approximately 1820 and December 1982 (with gaps). The records are arranged by port or airport of arrival.