USCIS Changes Filing Location for I-140 Petition for Alien Worker

Adding to the list of new filing locations for immigration applications, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced revised filing instructions for petitioners filing an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140).

Form I-140 filed alone or together with an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485) should be filed at the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility, or at the USCIS Nebraska or Texas Service Centers, depending on the classification for which the petition is being filed.  Forms I-140 for skilled workers (marked “f” in Part 2, Petition Type, of the form) should continue to be submitted to either the Nebraska or to the Texas Service Centers.  Forms I-140 that are accompanied by a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service should also go only to the Nebraska or Texas Service Centers.  Beginning on Aug. 3, 2010 all other Form I-140s should be submitted to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility.

If a Service Center receives a Form I-140 that should have gone to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility, they will forward the form, and any other forms filed in the same envelope, to the Dallas Lockbox facility until Sept. 17, 2010. After Sept. 17, 2010, petitions improperly filed at the USCIS Service Centers will be returned to the petitioner as improperly filed, with instructions to send the petition to the correct location. USCIS will issue a receipt upon receiving a properly filed Form I-140 in accordance to the revised filing instructions.

Petitioners filing a Form I-140 at a USCIS Lockbox facility may elect to receive an e-mail and/or text message notifying them that their petition has been accepted.  They must complete an E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance (Form G-1145), and attach it to the first page of their petition.

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