The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services ( USCIS) announced on October 12, 2017, a change in the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners of Form I-129, Petitioner for a Nonimmigrant Worker. These changes are important for all Petitioners and immigration lawyers to note as beginning November 1, 2017, USCIS will reject any Form I-129s filed at the wrong service center. This could be detrimental for any time sensitive cases such extensions and amendments for H-1Bs.
All I-129s must now be filed according to the state where the company or organization’s primary office is located. Previously, all applications were filed based on the address of the beneficiary’s work location.
Additionally, Petitioners located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas will now file Form I-129 at the California Service Center. Previously, Petitioners in these states filed their petitions at the Vermont Service Center.
There are special instructions for certain petitioners of certain visas, so it is always important to check the USCIS website for the correct address. If you have questions or your I-129 is rejected (properly or improperly), please call an immigration lawyer in our office today!