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) recently changed the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The changes include:
- Petitioners should now file Form I-129 according to the state where the company or organization's primary office is located. Previously, petitioners filed their I-129s based on the beneficiary's temporary employment or training location.
- Petitioners located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina or Texas should now file Form I-129 at the California Service Center.
Starting November 11, 2017, USCIS may reject Form I-129s that are filed at the wrong service center. Instructions on where to file are here. The related announcement is here.