USCIS Announces Direct Filing Instructions for Forms I-129F, I-131, I-140,
I-360, I-485, I-765, and I-907
WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today
announced new “Direct Filing” instructions for additional
immigration forms that were transitioned last year into the Bi-Specialization
initiative. “Direct Filing” is the process by which USCIS
requires customers to file their petitions and applications with the service
center that will process the filings, based on the place of temporary
employment or place of residence. USCIS customers can expect that the
center where they file will also generate the receipt notice and complete
the adjudication. This is a streamlining of the Bi-Specialization process
which previously required the filing of applications and petitions at
one centralized location and that were subsequently distributed to another
service center for issuance of a receipt notice and final case processing.
This Update addresses “Direct Filing” instructions for the
following forms: Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), Form
I-131 (Application for Travel Document), Form I-140 (Immigrant Petition
for Alien Worker) Form I-360 (Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special
Immigrant), Form I-485 (Application To Register Permanent Residence or
Adjust Status), Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization)
and Form I-907 (Request for Premium Processing Service). USCIS will implement
“Direct Filing” incrementally for all remaining petition and
application forms transitioned into the Bi-Specialization initiative.
The effective date of the “Direct Filing” instructions for
all of forms I-129F, I-131, I-140, I-360, I-485,I-765 and I-907 is July
30, 2007, and coincides with the effective date of the fee increase for
all immigration benefit applications and petitions. During the first 30
days of “Direct Filing” (July 30 to August 28), USCIS will
not reject any form incorrectly filed at the prior filing location. However,
applicant must include the correct fee and must meet all other requirements
for a proper filing. Beginning on or after August 29, 2007, USCIS will
reject any of the forms listed above that are filed with the incorrect
filing location. Those rejected and returned forms will include the fee
and instructions for proper filing.
Effective July 30, 2007:
- Petitioners will file all Forms I-140 (and concurrently filed Forms I-907
for a classification that is Premium Processing eligible), as well as
employment-based Forms I-485 (and related Forms I-131, I-765) with the
Nebraska Service Center or the Texas Service Center. This represents a
change from current filing instructions, which direct all of these filings
to the Nebraska Service Center. The filing location for a Form I-907 filed
to upgrade a pending Form I-140 to Premium Processing, for a classification
that is Premium Processing eligible, will remain unchanged. The Form I-907
is filed with the location where Form I-140 is pending.
- Petitioners will file the Form I-129F with either the Vermont Service Center
or California Service Center, depending on where the petitioner resides,
and regardless of whether it is filed for a K-1 fiancé(e) or a
K-3 spouse. This represents a change from current I-129F filing instructions,
which direct the filing of K-1 petitions to all four USCIS service centers
and the filing of K-3 petitions to the Chicago Lock Box.
USCIS will release new forms with updated filing instructions in the near
future. In order to assist the public in determining the proper “Direct
Filing” location, USCIS will also release filing charts that list
proper filing locations on the online forms entry page for each form in
advance of July 30, 2007.
USCIS will accept Forms I-129F, I-131, I-140, I-360, I-485, I-765 and I-907
filed with the new “Direct Filing” location in advance of
the July 30, 2007 effective date, that are otherwise properly filed.
www.uscis.gov frequently for filing updates or call the National Customer Service Center
at 800- 375-5283 for up-to-date information.