USCIS Changes Direct Filing Addresses for Certain Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions

November 20, 2017

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

Visa-Paper-Passport-DeniedU.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.