USCIS Centralizes Filing Location for Form I-130, the Petition for an Alien Relative

USCIS announced this week that, effective August 15, 2011, all petitioners who live in countries without USCIS offices will be able to file Form I-130, the Petition for an Alien Relative, with the USCIS lockbox in Chicago. This new workflow process will improve efficiency for the processing of this petition request and will give USCIS more flexibility to manage its workload. Previous to this new process centralization, such petitioners were able to file Form I-130 with USCIS or the Department of State at their regional US Embassy or Consulate.

Petitioners who live in countries without a USCIS office may file Form I-130 at the following address:

U.S. Postal Service:
P.O. Box 804625
Attn. CSC/I-130/OS
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

Express mail and courier deliveries:
Attn. CSC/I-130/OS
131 South Dearborn – 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

If a petitioner lives in a country with a USCIS office, that person can either send their Form I-130 to the Chicago Lockbox or file their Form I-130 at the international USCIS office with jurisdiction over the area where they live.

Petitioners should continue to file Forms I-130 at their location U.S. Embassy/Consulate through August 14. On August 15, the above addresses should be used.

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