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Reminder: H-1B Workload Transfer Transition Period Ends Aug. 31, 2016

On July 1, 2016, as part of a workload transfer from the California and Vermont service centers, the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) began accepting certain Form I-129 H-1B and H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore Free Trade) petitions. The NSC also began accepting Form I-539 and Form I-765 applications for certain H-4 nonimmigrants that are concurrently filed with a Form I-129. Read the full details.

The California and Vermont service centers will continue to accept these Form I-129 petitions, and any concurrently filed Forms I-539 and I-765 applications, during the transition period until Aug. 31. Starting Sept. 1, only the NSC will accept them. USCIS may reject any misfiled petitions or applications.

Please note: The following Form I-129 same employer without change petitions have not been transferred to the Nebraska Service Center and will continue to be accepted only at the California Service Center, if:

  • The petition is for an employer that is statutorily exempt from the cap; or
  • The beneficiary is employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, entity or organization. 

See filing addresses and cap-exempt filing instructions at Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129.

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