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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)
The envelope must be clearly marked “Regular Processing” or “Premium Processing”
IF MAILING BY COURIER
IF USING REGULAR MAIL SERVICE
For Premium Processing
Contact Information for the California Service Center (CSC)
Vermont Service Center (VSC)
IF MAILING BY COURIER OR REGULAR MAIL SERVICE
For Premium Processing
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
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
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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