USCIS Will Reject Form I-129 Petitions If Not Properly Completed

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By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, Gladys Gervacio

SUMMARY

Beginning on August 5, 2019, USCIS will reject Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker) petitions that fail to include the name of the petitioner or applicant and the primary US office address in Part 1 of Form I-129.

Background

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) regulations under 8 CFR 103.2(a)(1) and 8 CFR 103.2(a)(7)(ii)(C) allow USCIS to reject any specific benefit request if every form submitted is not completed in accordance with the form’s instructions.

As per Form I-129 instructions, USCIS will reject I-129 petitions for the following reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Missing signature
  • Improper filing fees
  • Unauthorized signing by a third party on behalf of the petitioner
  • Missing primary US office address of the petitioner or applicant in Part 1 of Form I-129

Can Rejected I-129 Petitions be Refiled?

I-129 petitions that were rejected by USCIS due to missing information can be refiled if provided with the required information and proper fees.

Recommendations:

When completing Form I-129 petitions, it is important to carefully read Form I-129 instructions and properly complete the fields “Legal Name of Petitioner or Applicant” and “Address of the Primary Office of the Petitioner” in the United States in Part 1 of Form I-129.

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