The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS) announced recently a change in filing locations for Form I-130 Petitions for Alien Relatives.
As of January 1, all stand-alone Form I-130 applications must be mailed either to the Chicago or Phoenix lockbox locations. Detailed information about the postal and express mail delivery addresses for each location is available in the “News” section of the USCIS Website for January 2012 News.
The USCIS said that this change is intended to balance workloads among its staff for more efficient and effective processing.
However, it should be noted that there will be no change in filing locations when submitting Form I-130 together with Form I-485 Applications to Register Permanent Residence or Adjustment of Status.
It is important to make sure that you file your forms at the proper location because filings at the wrong address could result in significant delays in processing or even denial of an application if the delays result in missed deadlines.
If you are in need of counsel for yourself and/or your family members on the subject of immigration law, please do not hesitate to contact our office for an appointment at (847) 564-0712. You can also check out the pertinent section of our Website for more information about how we might assist you.