USCIS Announces Direct Filing Instructions for Certain Forms

USCIS Announces Direct Filing Instructions For Forms I-129F, I-131, I-140, I-360, I-485, I-765, and I-907.

“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.

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