USCIS Changes Filing Addresses for Form I-129 Petitions
Effective immediately, applicants are now required to submit their Petitions for a Nonimmigrant Worker to the service center with jurisdiction over the state where their company or organization’s primary office is located. Beginning next month, Form I-129 petitions filed at the wrong filing venue will be subject to rejection, USCIS added. The intervening one-month grace period is slated to end Nov. 11.
Prior protocol required I-129s to be filed at the service center determined by the location of a beneficiary’s worksite. For example, the petitioner for an alien employee who is applying to work in Oregon for a business headquartered in New York would have filed the associated I-129 at the California Service Center. Now, however, such a petition would be submitted to the Vermont Service Center.
In addition, USCIS announced that it has moved the filing venue for petitioners in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas to the California Service Center.
The changes in filing procedure will not impact certain classifications of I-129 petitions that are required to be filed at specific service centers, irrespective of a company or organization’s principal office. Among these specific types of I-129s are cap-exempt H-1B visa petitions, which must be filed at the California Service Center.
For more information on the changes, including a complete list of the states over which service centers have jurisdiction, refer to USCIS’s Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129 webpage.
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