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FBI Name Checks

October 31, 2005

Agent Albert J. Pisterzi from the FBI was present at a Immigrant Community Roundtable to discuss the status of FBI name checks and shared some interesting points:

Within the last year, USCIS has submitted approximately 1.5 million name check requests to the FBI. Of these, 233,000 are still pending. Please note that this does not include the 2.7 million names that the FBI had to re-run after 9/11 and of which 2600 are still pending.

The FBI has a first in, first out policy for conducting name checks. If there is a hit, an analyst has to review the physical file and any related documents. He also mentioned that USCIS DOES have the ability to request that the FBI take cases out of order.

Agent Al stated that the FBI just implemented a phone number (National Name Check Office: (202) 324-2399) about two days ago for individuals to call and inquire about the status of their name checks.

We called to see how it works and it is a recording. According to Agent Al, there should be a live person answering the phone calls. The phone message provides an email address ( where you can inquire on the status of your case(s). You are to provide: Name, Date of Birth, Alien Number, E-mail address.

courtesy of Loan T. Huynh, Esq.
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
4000 Pillsbury Center
200 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1425