2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 18, 2021 5:58 PM by Jorge Cosssio

    Seeking Declaration of Intent for Adela Patino

    Jorge Cosssio Newbie

      Hi, My sister who is a US citizen is planning to request my mom for naturalization. But we believe she had this procedure done (and maybe denied) in the past when we were kids. Since most of the family has died of old age, we have no way of knowing if she was ever requested by one of her brothers. The information I can provide is the following: Requestor: Jairo Patino Born 1942-03-04 Died: 1996-25-05; Sponsored person: Adela Patino Born 1928-21-08; Possible years of declaration of intent: 1979-1984; Request done at Florida State; Thanks for any pointers on where to look.

        • Re: Seeking Declaration of Intent for Adela Patino
          Josette Schluter Tracker

          Dear Mr. Cosssio,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          In general, naturalization was a two-step process that took a minimum of five years. After residing in the United States for two years, an alien could file a "declaration of intention" ("first papers") to become a citizen. After three additional years, the alien could "petition for naturalization" (”second papers”). After the petition was granted, a certificate of citizenship was issued to the alien. These two steps did not have to take place in the same court.


          If a naturalization took place in a Federal court, naturalization indexes, declarations of intention (with any accompanying certificates of arrival), and petitions for naturalization will usually be in the National Archives facility serving the state in which the Federal court is located. Records for the Federal courts for the state of Florida would be located at the National Archives in Atlanta. You can request a search by contacting the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) at atlanta.archives@nara.gov. No central index exists. To ensure a successful request with the National Archives, researchers should include: the name of petitioner (including known variants); date of birth; approximate date of entry to the US; approximate date of naturalization; where the individual was residing at the time of naturalization (city/county/state); and country of origin.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RE- AT. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          All Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) duplicate copies of court records (including the declaration of intent, petition, and certificate of citizenship) created from September 27, 1906 through March 31, 1956 within Certificate Files (C-Files). Beginning on April 1, 1956, INS began filing all naturalization records in a subject’s Alien File (A-File). C-Files and certain A-Files may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!