I-129 Filing Location Changes Could Result in Rejections

USCIS recently announced a change affecting where I-129 applications should be filed.  The I-129 form is used for many nonimmigrant visa types including H, L, E, P, and O.  Petitioners will now file Form I-129 according to the state where the company or organization’s primary office is located. Previously, petitioners filed Form I-129 based on the beneficiary’s temporary employment or training location.

Petitioners located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas will 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.  Choosing the correct filing address has become increasingly complex, given the distinctions between petitioner types, H-1B cap considerations, and whether Premium Processing is requested.  Not sure where to file?  Let Ellis Porter take the stress out of getting your case submitted the right way, the first time.