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This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning November 1, 2023, all H-2A, H-2B, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-related Form I-129 petitions, Form I-129CW petitions, and CNMI-related Form I-539 applications must be filed directly with the Texas Service Center.

USCIS said there will be a 60-day grace period for forms filed at the California Service Center (CSC) or Vermont Service Center (VSC) during which misdirected forms will not be rejected. After the 60-day grace period ends, USCIS will reject these petitions and applications if they are filed at the CSC or VSC. USCIS also will reject any such petitions and applications if they are received at the Texas Service Center before November 1, 2023.

The notice includes the addresses where each type of petition or application should be mailed.

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