USCIS Changes Direct Filing Addresses for Certain Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions

September 11, 2019

By Immigration Group

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

Map showing trail from start to finishU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has changed the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, as of September 1, 2019. USCIS said that starting October 1, 2019, “we may reject Forms I-129 that are filed at the wrong service center.”

The changes apply to the following cap-exempt H-1B petitions:

  • Continuing previously approved employment from the same employer
  • Changing previously approved employment
  • New concurrent employment
  • Changing an employer
  • Changing status to H-1B
  • Notifying a U.S. consulate, port of entry or pre-flight inspection
  • Amending a petition

The announcement excludes petitions:

  • Filed by cap-exempt petitioners or for cap-exempt entities
  • That are cap-exempt based on a Conrad/Interested Government Agency waiver
  • Where the employer is located in Guam or the beneficiary will be performing services in Guam. This also excludes all H-1B1, H-1B2 and H-1B3 petitions