U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that there will be a change in the filing location of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative from January 1, 2012. Persons filing the stand-alone form I-130 should mail their applications to either the Chicago or Phoenix Lockbox facility depending on their place of residence in the U.S.
USCIS will update the details of the states and corresponding filing addresses on their website on January 1, 2012. People filing Form I-130 on or after that date are requested to mail their applications to the appropriate Lockbox in order to avoid delays in processing. Applicants who have any doubts or questions may contact USCIS’ Customer Service Center.
There is no change in the filing location for persons who are filing Form I-130 along with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Such applicants should continue sending their applications to the Chicago Lockbox facility.
Persons filing the petition from abroad may continue to send their applications to the Chicago Lockbox address if they are filing from a country which does not have a USCIS office. Persons filing from countries that have a USCIS office may file their petitions at the USCIS office having jurisdiction over their country of residence or may mail them to the Chicago Lockbox.
Only till the end of 2011 petitioners can send their applications to the Chicago address. Their petitions will be forwarded to and adjudicated at the appropriate USCIS Service Center.