Texas Service Center to Accept Form I-129 for H-1B Petitions

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On May 20, 2019, the USCIS Texas Service Center will begin processing the Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for certain H-1B cap-exempt petitions requesting:

  • A change in previously approved employment
  • A change of employer
  • Concurrent employment
  • Amendments
  • A continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer
  • A change of status to H-1B; or
  • Notification to a U.S. Consulate or inspection facility

Petitions that are not included are:

  • H-1B petitions for cap-exempt entities
  • Petitions that are cap-exempt based on a Conrad/Interested Government Agency (IGA) waiver under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 214(I)
  • Petitions where the employer is located in Guam or the beneficiary will be working in Guam

The Texas Service Center will now share a workload with the California Service Center, Vermont Service Center, and Nebraska Service Center. The goal of this is to balance workloads, provide flexibility, and improve processing times and efficiency at USCIS.

Petitioners filing any of the certain H-1B petitions currently being accepted should file their Form I-129 at the address indicated on the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker page. USCIS will begin rejecting petitions filed to the wrong service center on July 19, 2019.

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