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Process Changes for Petitioners Residing Overseas: Form I-130

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited stakeholders to participate in a teleconference on Friday, October 28, 2011 to discuss recently implemented process changes for the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, when filed by petitioners residing overseas.

Effective August 15, 2011, petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices are required to file Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox. Petitioners residing in a country with a USCIS office have the option of sending their Forms I-130 to the Chicago Lockbox or filing their Forms I-130 at the international USCIS office having jurisdiction over the area where they live. In previous engagements, USCIS committed to monitor the progress of the new Form I-130 filing process.

During this session, USCIS provided updates on the implementation of the process changes and provided filing tips for petitioners filing with the Lockbox.

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