The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised the filing instructions
for the Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130).
Effective immediately, all petitioners filing stand-alone Form I-130s must file
their petitions with the Chicago Lockbox instead of a USCIS Service Center. A
USCIS Update was issued on Nov. 30, 2007, encouraging petitioners to file with
the Chicago Lockbox while the form was being revised.
The revision to the instructions of Form I-130 became effective on January 31,
2008. USCIS published an USCIS Update announcing these changes on Feb. 19, 2008.
The USCIS is issuing this reminder to notify petitioners that improperly filed
Form I-130s will be rejected. Now that the revision is complete, filing with the
Chicago Lockbox is required.
As of April 30, 2008, all stand-alone Form I-130s submitted to any location other
than the Chicago Lockbox will be rejected.
Petitions filed with the Chicago Lockbox will be routed to, and adjudicated at,
the appropriate USCIS Service Center. This routing will be based on the petitioner's
place of residence in the United States.
Two separate post office box addresses (see below) have been established that
correspond to the appropriate USCIS Service Center (either Vermont or California)
that will process and adjudicate the petition. Although Form I-130 must be filed
with the Chicago Lockbox, petitioners will receive receipt notices from either
the Vermont or California Service Center. Petitioners who reside in Alaska, Arizona,
California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South
Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming must file their stand-alone Form
I-130s with the Lockbox using the following address:
Chicago, IL 60680-1029
Petitioners who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto
Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, U.S.
Virgin Islands, West Virginia or District of Columbia must file their stand-alone
Form I-130 with the Lockbox using the following address:
Chicago, IL 60680-1029