Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

USCIS Centralizes Filing for H-2A Petitions


In a Federal Register notice published on November 9, 2007, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective December 10, 2007, it will only accept H-2A (temporary/seasonal agricultural worker) petitions mailed or delivered to its California Service Center. The following addresses should be used:

Direct mail:

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    California Service Center?
    Attn: H-2A Processing Unit?
    P.O. Box 10140?
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-1040

Non-U.S. Postal Service deliveries (e.g., private couriers):

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    California Service Center?
    Attn: H-2A Processing Unit?
    24000 Avila Road, Room 2312?
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

The notice also states that USCIS will return to the petitioner any H-2A petition received on or after December 10, 2007, at a different Service Center, and will instruct the petitioner to file at the correct location. Previously, H-2A petitioners could file with either the USCIS California or Vermont Service Center.

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