USCIS FOIA Request for I-140 information, Sample G-639

USCIS FOIA request for I-140 approval notice if employer is not sharing. Sample G-639. Send by email/post - $0 filing fees. Notarization optional. Result online.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  20 Dec, 19


You can use USCIS FOIA request form G-639 to get I-140 information.
USCIS FOIA request (Freedom of Information request Act) is the answer to question “How to get i-140 copy from USCIS” if your employer is not sharing.

FOIA Filing fees

Filing fees for FOIA is $0 (zero). Its free with some conditions.
For your I-140 document request, you will most probably will NOT be required to pay anything.

Please do NOT send any fees payment at the time of your request. After receipt of your FOIA request, USCIS will contact you if any fees are required.

Except for commercial requests, the first 100 pages of reproduction and the first 2 hours of search time are provided without charge.
Thereafter, requests processed may incur fees of 10 cents per page for duplication.

Fees are charged if the combined cost for searches, duplication, and/or review is more than $14, and by submitting Form G-639, you agree to pay for fees up to $25.

i140 receipt copy retrieved using USCIS FOIA
i140 receipt copy retrieved using USCIS FOIA

#1 FOIA Request Online – USCIS FIRST Site

USCIS FIRST system allows  FOIA request to be made online. You will get an email your records are ready for download online in your account.

Create an account on USCIS website and link it to your case, you will be able to log in to the digital delivery center to view and download the records you requested. If you are already registered on USCIS website, you can login and link the case to your existing account.

#2 File FOIA by Postal Mail

Send a postal mail with form G-639 for Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Request.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
National Records Center, FOIA/PA Office
P.O. Box 648010
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064-8010


#3 FOIA Request by Email

Email OR FAX are also acceptable as a valid FOIA request by USCIS. Fill the same form G-639, get it notarized and then scan and send it to email address or FAX it.

USCIS Contact Center: 800-375-5283 or TTY 800-767-1833
Fax: 802-288-1793 or 816-350-5785

Sample G-639 form for I 140 – pre-filled

This sample pre-filled FOIA request gets you i140 approval notice and receipt number directly from USCIS without informing your employer.

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You can use this same FOIA request to get other immigration records too.

USCIS FOIA Request Status Track – I140

FOIA request for i140 processing time is 1.5 months.

I-140 request is considered a simple request and hence falls in TRACK-1 request.

USCIS FOIA Request Control Number Status

USCIS sends an acknowledgement of FOIA application receipt by paper mail with FOIA control number (receipt number) to track your application status.

USCIS might first send a mail letter with UNC number in case they need more info about your identity. The UNC number is converted to NRC number after they have verified your identity. You will receive another mail letter with NRC number and PIN.

The USCIS FIRST (online account) is useful only after you get NRC number and PIN so as to register and receive the document online.

It can take up to 3 weeks for the mail to arrive. Use FOIA request control number (NRC) to check the status here on USCIS FOIA website.

Is Alien registration number mandatory?

Alien number is not required for FOIA request. But, it is better to provide as much information as possible to USCIS for easy search of your record.

For the primary beneficiary of I-140 application, the Alien number will be written on the I-140 approval form itself. Where is my A number?

Sample i797 approval looks like this for I140 applications:

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Hence, it is possible that you do not have it with you. This is fine and you should leave the field as blank in that case.

If the primary I-140 beneficiary has the EAD, then the Alien number can be found on EAD card mentioned as USCIS#.

Documents required for G-639 form

There are no supporting documents required for FOIA request and form G-639 request.

But, I strongly recommend to send a notarized copy of your passport or your driving license to help USCIS check your identity.

Many times, USCIS rejects the FOIA request simply because they cannot verify your identity. 

Is PERM ETA number same as i140 A number?

No, ETA number and A number are not same.

Is form G-639 required to be Notarized?

The notary is not required for form G-639.
We recommend getting notary on G-639 to prove your identity and faster processing. In-fact, you should sign the form in front of NOTARY.
If you do not want notary, just sign yourself ‘under penalty of perjury‘.

Can we file FOIA for i140 request online?

You can file USCIS FOIA request to get i140 information online using USCIS FIRST website. It is fast and more reliable than email or mail requests.

Is i140 available online from FOIA?

Once your i140 request has been completed, USCIS makes the i140 receipt copy available for download online on FIRST website electronically.

How much is USCIS FOIA filing fees?

USCIS FOIA filing fees is zero (0) dollars.

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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Namz

    You are right, we do not know which Request # they responded to - thank you for your kind suggestion Anilji, we had all documents notarized, so immediately sent them the requested details and documents via registered post. Hoping they provide us the I-140 approval copy soon. This helps - thank you so much again.

  2. abhi1

    Thanks for this post, I have applied FOIA for I-140 through online on 09/10/2019 and Completed on 10/19/2019.
    Steps are very easy and straight forward, just few forms to fill,
    I have provided passport number and I-94 number and did not provide receipt number as I don’t have it, At the end of the application I uploaded only notarized passport(including h1b visa page, Notarized only first page) and notarized driving license.

    The initial request has been created on the portal with REQXXXXXX number and in a week request number got changed to NRCXXXXXX, and on the same day, I see an acknowledgement letter saying - I have the requested only for i-140 and its been put under track 1 of multitracking system.

    Intially, I see the status as “Files Requested”, and then in around 10 to 15 days, I see the status as “Files has been received from NRC” and case status has been changed to something like - “In review”.

    I see the pending requests changes everyday soemthing like 3450 of 3675, 3350 of 3600, 3250 of 3600, … till it reaches 1900 of 3450.
    on 10/19/2019 my request has been completed and I see the i-140 petitiion in document library section.

  3. abhi1

    Hi venkat,

    In my case, after an year I have applied, not sure why you have got that reply.

    1. Purpose of request — for porting the priority date and future enployment.
    2. Information about family members required? - I haven’t provided.
    3. Last page system will ask for “Describe the records you are seeking”
      Do we need select I-140 option only or any option needs to select including I-140 ? – only i-140.

    Good luck

  4. abhi1

    In case of online FOIA, your case will be registered by default and you see that registered case in portal and get the acknowledge letter, meaning you don’t need to explicitly register the case by using PIN. The acknowledge letter is just for your reference and you don’t need to do anything with acknowledge letter and PIN.

    Initially your registered cases status is “Submitted”, then it will change something like - “Files Requested”, “In review”, “Completed” .

    Once status is completed, you should see the documents requested in Document library section.

  5. Devaki_S

    Thank you for your response. they uploaded my documents after a week from changing the status to completed under document library section.

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  204 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Sai
    Sai 27 Jul, 19 at 8:47 am

    I have requested I140 twice and both times I got the filing document and did not receive the i140 approved copy. Did anyone experience this?
    Can I provide the filing copy to another employer for h1b transfer.

    Appreciate your help

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Jul, 19 at 2:44 pm

      You can use the receipt copy (filling documents) for H1B transfer.

      • Sai
        Sai 29 Jul, 19 at 9:47 am

        Thank you Anil. Also want to check if there is any option to get the i140 approval copy. All I have is the filing copy which employer submitted to uscis which has the recipe number and approval date.

  2. A
    A 20 Jul, 19 at 11:35 am


    Received ack letter with case number and pin. Online status says completed and ready for download.

    When I try to register case by pin in online first account, It is saying nit register please verify correct case number and pin entered.

    can some one tell what could be the issue / next steps.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Jul, 19 at 4:19 pm

      I am not sure why the PIN is not working for you. May be someone who has experienced the same issue might respond here.

  3. Pranay
    Pranay 15 Jul, 19 at 8:37 am


    My FOIA request for i140 copy was completed around 29th June, 2019. But the document library is still blank. Any suggestions on how much more should I wait??

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Jul, 19 at 5:54 pm

      I am not sure how much time is it taking at this time.

    • Test
      Test 18 Jul, 19 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Pranay,

      Can you pls let us know,
      1) How many months it took to complete the request
      2) What’s the processing type you went through (eMail/Mail)?

      It would be very helpful to the group here as we are waiting for the documents from long time

  4. Abhishek
    Abhishek 7 Jul, 19 at 1:32 am

    Hi Anil,

    I submitted my FOIA application online(on there is a new option available there from June 25th. That seems the “fastest” way to submit the application now.

    Just wanted to let the community know about this option. Also, the NRC number is immediately generated so we don’t need to wait for weeks.

    I have a question that i140 copy is which track of processing?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Jul, 19 at 12:45 pm

      I 140 application comes under track 1.

      • Abhishek
        Abhishek 7 Jul, 19 at 2:19 pm

        Thanks may also want to update the filing options with online option as well…as that’s the most convenient and fastest option for filing FOIA requests with USCIS.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 7 Jul, 19 at 2:27 pm

          Sure. I will update the article. Thanks.

    • Kumar
      Kumar 21 Jul, 19 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Abhishek,

      Do you see any change in your request status…? If so, after how many days..? I have submitted mine like 10 days ago(for I140 copy) using online option(on and status is still “Submitted”. There is no “Estimated Completion Date” too.

      • Abhishek
        Abhishek 22 Jul, 19 at 9:01 am

        Hi Kumar,

        Right now you might be seeing a number ending with REQ. After 10 days they will give you actual tracking number with a status. After around 20 days I got the estimated completion date and my number in the queue. Right now it says its slated to be completed around end of august.

        • Kumar
          Kumar 23 Jul, 19 at 12:20 am

          Hi Abhishek,
          Thanks for sharing all the information. You are right. As of now, my control number is still ending with “REQ”. Will wait for few more days to see if it changes. Thanks again.

  5. raja
    raja 1 Jul, 19 at 10:01 am

    Hello Anil,

    I sent a FOIA request on May 20, 2019 via email as you suggested above.How long does it take to receive the control number and pin via mail.How can i do follow up on it.Give me your suggestion.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Jul, 19 at 10:01 am

      It is taking more than 30 days to get a response at this time.