USCIS Changes Filing Location for Some H1B Petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a change today in the direct mailing addresses for certain H1B petitioners.

As has been USCIS policy since 2017, most H1B petitions must be filed at a designated service center based on the state where the petitioner’s primary office is located. Per today’s announcement, the designated USCIS service centers for some states have changed. The updated list of where to file the form I-129 is available on the USCIS website.

The changes announced today apply to the following types of H1B petitions:

  • Continuing previously approved employment with the same employer;
  • Changing previously approved employment;
  • New concurrent employment;
  • Changing an employer;
  • Changing status to H1B;
  • Notifying a U.S. consulate, port of entry, or preflight inspection; or
  • Amending a petition.

The USCIS noted that the changes do not apply to petitions filed by cap-exempt employers, petitions that are cap-exempt based on a Conrad/Interested Government Agency waiver, or petitions filed by employers located in Guam, or where the beneficiary will be performing services in Guam.

The filing location changes announced today technically go into effect on September 1, 2019. However, the USCIS will not reject an H1B petition for being filed with the wrong service center if it is submitted prior to October 1, 2019.


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