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USCIS Issues Several New and Revised Forms

On November 23, 2010 US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) not only raised filing fees for some applications, lowered them in others, and instituted some new fees. It also issued several new and revised forms as follows:

Revised Form I129 for H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, H-2C, H-3, E-1/E-2, E-3, L-1, O, P, Q, R and TN nonimmigrant temporary workers: The general form has changed as well as the visa specific supplemental forms. (See an earlier posting, “Revised H-1B Form and Increased Fees Effective November 23, 2010.) Previous editions can be submitted through December 22, 2010. Beginning December 23, 2010, the new form must be used. E-Filing will not be allowed for this form on a temporary basis. In some cases, there may be strategic reasons to submit the old form for as long as possible before using the new form due to some of the new questions. Therefore, it is a good idea to consult with counsel first.

Form I129S for Blanket L Petitions for Intra-Company Transferees: Prior versions are accepted though January 6, 2011. The new form must be used beginning January 7, 2011.

Revised form I212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission after Deportation or Removal: The old form can be used through January 6, 2011 after which the new version must be used.

New Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver can be used as of November 23, 2010 to apply for application fee and biometrics fee waivers pursuant to new fee waiver rules.

New Form I924, Application for Regional Center is a for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor green card Pilot Program to have Regional Centers approved. Designated Centers will then file form I924A on or before December 29, 2011 and every year thereafter
For more information, see the USCIS website.