U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new Direct Filing
instructions for a variety of immigration forms that were transitioned into
the Bi-Specialization initiative. Effective April 2, 2007, all Forms I-129
and I-539 are to be filed directly with the California Service Center or the
Vermont Service Center, whichever is applicable.
As part of these new instructions, direct filing instructions for Forms I-129
(Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker) and I-539 (Application to Change/Extend
Nonimmigrant Status) has been introduced.
USCIS will accept Forms I-129 and I-539 filed in accordance with the old filing
instructions for the first 15 days of implementation of Direct Filing (from
April 2 – 16). However, if a Form I-129 or I-539 is filed on or after April
17, 2007, and is not submitted to the correct filing location, it will be rejected
and returned to the petitioner/applicant with fee and instructions for proper
Customers will be responsible for filing the forms with the correct Service
Center and should also verify that they use the correct filing address by referring
to the instructions on the relevant form.
USCIS is also releasing filing charts that delineate the proper filing location,
and will post those charts on its Web site prior to April 2, 2007.
Employers requesting Premium Processing Services on Form I-129 must also file
a Request for Premium Processing Services (Form I-907)