I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers

Alert: On May 29, 2020, USCIS announced that premium processing would resume for Form I-129 and Form I-140 petitions in phases over the month of June. Read more here: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions


ALERT:  On Feb. 21, 2020, the Supreme Court stayed the statewide injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois affecting Illinois filers. USCIS implemented the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule nationwide, including in Illinois, on Feb. 24, 2020. USCIS will apply the final rule to all applications for adjustment of status, and applications and petitions for extension of nonimmigrant stay or change of nonimmigrant status postmarked (or, if applicable, submitted electronically) on or after that date. For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier (for example, UPS, FedEx, or DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt. USCIS will reject any affected application or petition that does not adhere to the final rule, including those submitted by or on behalf of aliens living in Illinois, if postmarked on or after Feb. 24, 2020.

The final rule requires applicants for adjustment of status who are subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility and certain applicants and petitioners seeking extension of stay and change of status to report certain information related to public benefits. Due to litigation-related delays in the final rule’s implementation, USCIS is applying this requirement as though it refers to Feb. 24, 2020, rather than Oct. 15, 2019. Please read all references to Oct. 15, 2019, as though they refer to Feb. 24, 2020.

USCIS will not consider, and applicants for adjustment of status do not need to report, the application for, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain previously excluded non-cash public benefits (such as SNAP, most forms of Medicaid, and public housing) before Feb. 24, 2020. Similarly, USCIS will not consider as a heavily weighted negative factor receipt of previously included public benefits (such as SSI and TANF) before Feb. 24, 2020, in a public charge inadmissibility determination.

Certain classes of aliens are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility (such as refugees, asylees, certain VAWA self-petitioners, U petitioners, and T applicants) and therefore, are not subject to the final rule. 

Read the final rule (PDF)

Use this form to petition for an alien worker to become a permanent resident in the United States.

Number of Pages

Form 9; instructions 11.

Edition Date

05/09/18. We will publish a new edition of this form soon. In the meantime, you may file using the 05/09/18 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

The filing address depends on whether you are filing Form I-140 by itself or with another form. Check the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-140 for instructions on where to mail your form. Please read our filing tips if you file at a Lockbox.

Filing Tips for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1 – Information About the Person or Organization Filing This Petition
    • Family Name OR Company or Organization Name
    • IRS Tax Number or Social Security number (does not apply to Part 2. Petition Type 1.a., alien of extraordinary ability or 1.i., National Interest Waiver)
    • Mailing Address
  • Part 2 – Petition Type
  • Part 3 – Information About the Person for Whom You Are Filing
    • Date of Birth

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

$700. You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check.  When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments. 

When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.

Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)   

View the checklist of required initial evidence.

Special Instructions

If you complete Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and clip it to the front of your petition, we will send you a text message and/or email when we have accepted your Form I-140.

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