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USCIS Service Center Tips

September 27, 2012

Petitions should be sent to either the California Service Center or Vermont Service Center. If the artist is working/performing at a single address, file with the service center with jurisdiction over that address. If the artist is working/performing at more than one address (no matter how close they are to one another!!), file with the service center with jurisdiction over the petitioner’s address. For example, if the artist will work at two addresses in Phoenix, Arizona, and the petitioner is located in New York, the petition should be filed with the Vermont Service Center. Petitions filed to the incorrect address will be rejected and returned to the petitioner.

California Service Center (CSC)
Jurisdiction: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

The envelope must be clearly marked “Regular Processing” or “Premium Processing”

IF MAILING BY COURIER
For Regular or Premium Processing
USCIS
California Service Center
ATTN: I-129
24000 Avila Road
2nd Floor, Room 2312
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

IF USING REGULAR MAIL SERVICE
For Regular Processing
USCIS
California Service Center
ATTN: I-129
P.O. Box 10129
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-1012

For Premium Processing
Premium Processing Service
USCIS
California Service Center
ATTN: I-129
P.O. Box 10825
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-1012

Contact Information for the California Service Center (CSC)
Regular Processing for I-129s only: Ph: (800) 375-5283
Premium Processing: Ph: (949) 831-8550 Fx: (949) 389-3460
Email: mcsc-premium.processing@dhs.gov
Traditional Expedites: Fx: (949) 389-3441
In an extreme emergency, the following phone numbers are provided for assistance
Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: (949) 389-3007; (949) 389-3252

Vermont Service Center (VSC)
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia.

IF MAILING BY COURIER OR REGULAR MAIL SERVICE
For Regular Processing
USCIS
Vermont Service Center
ATTN: I-129
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479-0001
Tel: (800) 375-5283

For Premium Processing
Premium Processing Service
USCIS
Vermont Service Center
ATTN: I-129
30 Houghton Street
St. Albans, VT 05478-2399
Tel: (866) 315-5718 Fax: (802) 527-4819
Email: mvsc-premium.processing@dhs.gov

National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
(800) 375-5283
USCIS Office of Business Liaison: (800) 357-2099
NCSC TDD (hearing impaired): (800) 767-1833
NOTE: For the present, NCSC handles all calls relating to service center activities except for premium processing-related contacts. Additional information on NCSC capabilities is on the USCIS web site (see Useful Web Links appendix). Dealing with NCSC can be a frustrating experience.

With the USCIS receipt number, you may check the status of your case online. Bookmark this page! You can also check processing times from this link and set up an account so USCIS will automatically email you with any status updates on your case.

FEES and GENERAL NOTES
Below are the fees required for petitions postmarked on or after November 23, 2010.

Form I -129: $325 fee per petition, irrespective of group size or whether the petition is new, for an extension, or for a change of status. Use separate checks.

We strongly recommend that O and P petitions be sent by overnight delivery (Federal Express, UPS, etc.)

Form I-539: $290 fee, irrespective of the number of beneficiaries.

Form I-824: $405 fee per I-824.

Form I-907: (premium processing) $1,225 per petition, payable by separate check.

Use business or personal check, money order or cashier’s check, payable to “Department of Homeland Security.”

ALWAYS mark the exterior of the envelope with the type of petition or application included, and for premium processing, if applicable.

For traditional expedites, mark the exterior envelope with red dots and “Expedite Requested” in big letters.

When filing more than one petition or application that are related, clip or rubber band them together under a sheet marked “Related Cases: Do Not Separate in Mailroom.”

Reprinted from ArtistsfromAbroad, with permission from the League of American Orchestras and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.


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