USCIS: “Changes to Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129 Petitions”

by Joseph McKeown

Effective October 12, 2017, US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has changed the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners submitting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Petitioners must now file Form I-129 according to the “state where the company or organization’s primary office is located.” Petitioners previously filed Form I-129 based on where the beneficiary’s temporary employment or training was located. Additionally, petitioners located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas will now file Form I-129 at the California Service Center. 

UCCIS publishes the list of direct filing addresses for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, on their website. Beginning November 11, 2017, USCIS may reject Form I-129s that are filed at the incorrect service center, so it’s recommended to verify (and double-check) the correct address before submitting.