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USCIS Reminds Applicants of New Filing Procedures Effective April 2


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a reminder to applicants that, effective Monday, April 2, 2007, all Forms I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker) and I-539 (Application to Change/Extend Nonimmigrant Status) are to be filed directly with the California Service Center or the Vermont Service Center, whichever is applicable. USCIS has released two separate filing charts for the forms to assist applicants in determining the direct filing location for their petition or application. Applicants are responsible for filing the forms with the correct Service Center and should verify that they are using the correct filing address by referring to the instructions on the relevant form.

USCIS said that the center where an applicant files a petition will generate the receipt notice and adjudicate the case. Compliance with the revised filing instructions “will ensure timely intake and case processing,” USCIS said.

USCIS’s reminder notice is available here, and the filing charts for the forms are available here (Form I-129) and here (Form I-539).

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