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USCIS announces direct filing instructions for Forms I129 and I539
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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 filing.

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)

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