U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has changed the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, as of September 1, 2019. USCIS said that starting October 1, 2019, “we may reject Forms I-129 that are filed at the wrong service center.”The changes apply to the following cap-exempt H-1B petitions:

  • Continuing previously approved employment from the same employer
  • Changing previously approved employment
  • New concurrent employment
  • Changing an employer
  • Changing status to H-1B
  • Notifying a U.S. consulate, port of entry, or pre-flight inspection
  • Amending a petition

The announcement excludes petitions:

  • Filed by cap-exempt petitioners or for cap-exempt entities
  • That are cap-exempt based on a Conrad/Interested Government Agency waiver
  • Where the employer is located in Guam or the beneficiary will be performing services in Guam. This also excludes all H-1B1, H-1B2, and H-1B3 petitions

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