I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers

ALERT: USCIS will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court. If the injunction in Illinois is lifted, USCIS will provide additional public guidance. The final rule will apply only to applications and petitions (Form I-485, Form I-539, Form I-129, or Form I-129CW) postmarked (or if applicable, submitted electronically) on or after Feb. 24, 2020. For applications and petitions sent by commercial courier (such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt. When determining whether an alien is likely to become a public charge at any time in the future, DHS will not consider an alien’s application for, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain non-cash public benefits before Feb. 24, 2020. Similarly, when determining whether the public benefits condition applies to applications or petitions for extension of stay or change of status, USCIS will only consider public benefits received on or after Feb. 24, 2020.

If you are filing Form I-140 concurrently with the Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and the applicant for adjustment of status named on the Form I-485 is subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility, please see our Final Rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility webpage for more information about the public charge ground of inadmissibility.

Illinois Petitioners/Applicants:  If you are filing Form I-140 concurrently with the Form I-485 and the applicant for adjustment of status named on the Form I-485 lives in Illinois, please see our information for Illinois webpage for special filing instructions.

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. 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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