New Filing Location for Form I-129 Based on Employer’s Primary Location

Effective immediately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) filing address for a petition for a nonimmigrant worker (form I-129) will be determined based on the state where the petitioning employer’s primary office is located. This is a change from the previous policy, which required the petitioning employer to file the I-129 based on the foreign national worker’s location of employment. In addition, if the petitioning employer is located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, or Texas, the I-129 should be filed with the California Service Center.

The USCIS will continue to accept I-129 petitions filed based on the previous instructions through November 10, 2017. Effective November 11, if the I-129 petition is filed at the wrong service center, the USCIS may reject the filing. More details are available on the USCIS website.


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