My grandfather never naturalized, and I need the letter to prove it. There is a record of an A-file for him, (which I'd need to make a FOIA request for), but when I wrote to ask for a Letter of No Record of Naturalization, I didn't get a reply. I've written three times since January 2012.
Does anyone have any idea of how to get a response?
wow I forgot how to do this, but you go online and pay $20 and in a few months you get a letter of not-found, you send this letter to washington and they give you the no-record letter. Whats this process someone
Request a naturalization search from each of the Courts in the jurisdiction where your ancestor lived. They will either send you information or a No Records letter. You can find these online by searching the County Courts where they lived. I found it helpful to give them a call first -- you will often be speaking with the record room or something similar. I believe this is for naturalizations before 1906 and the Federal searches are for after that date, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
Why don't you also order the A-file? I assume that would prove the alien status for sure. Has anyone done it this way? I ordered my GGparents' Alien Registration Forms online and had them pretty quickly. I believe it is a 2-part search, each for $20, but it sounds like you did the first part already. http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/ ... 18190aRCRD
Getting the A-file would take a FOIA request, since my grandfather didn't go to the United States until he was already an old man, in the late 1960's....and FOIA will take about a year! I already have one of those requests lodged for my father's papers. I was hoping to just get the Letter of No Record withoout having to get the A-file, since I don't really need it.
Does anyone have an email or something for the bureau in Washington?
I have an address, which is: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Records Operation Branch 1200 First Street NE Washington, D.C. 20529
A year ago that was sent to the attention of Mike Quinn and got a response, but I don't know if it would still be valid. You want to ask for a certified copy of nonexistence of naturalization record. I gave them the immigrant's name, date and place of birth, residence in U.S. and family members' names. I believe that this particular record does not cost, but I'm not certain. If you want to be sure it arrives, send it by certified mail.