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Bloggings: USCIS Change in I-130 Filing; By Danielle Beach-Oswald

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USCIS has announced that starting on August 15, 2011, petitioners residing abroad will be able to file I-130 forms (petition for an alien relative) with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility. Petitioners residing in countries with a USCIS office may either A.) file with the Chicago Lockbox or B.) file at the international USCIS office that has jurisdiction over their residency area.


Previously, regulations required petitioners abroad to file with either the USCIS or the U.S. State Department through their local U.S. embassy or consulate. With the new regulation, USCIS hopes to "increase the efficiency of the relative petition filing process" and "more flexibility in managing its workload."


However, others speculate that this change will bring about negative consequences. I-130 forms are the most filed forms at the USCIS, and thus, already heavily backlogged in their processing. Petitioners abroad comprise about five percent of all I-130 petitioners. By centralizing the filing process to one location, some fear that the flood of forms to the Chicago Lockbox Facility will slow down the processing and increase the wait time. Rather than gaining efficiency from streamlining the process, the new regulation has the potential to delay the processing of these I-130 forms.


The I-130 backlog came under a new wave of criticism following the transfer of 36,000 petitions from the California service center to the Texas service center in November of 2010. Although they did this in an effort to expedite the process, many of the cases were not timely processed after their transfer to the Texas service center. As a result, these I-130 petitions were transferred back to the California service center. USCIS currently has a 6 month goal for the processing of all I-130 petitions for the spouse, parent, or minor child of a US Citizen. There are no service centers that are behind on this goal.


Brian Knowlton of the New York Times noted on August 14, 2011 the potential problems with the new system. Previously, those seeking an I-130 petition would be able to rely on services of the U.S. Consulate in their country of residence and the process would take 1-3 months. Under the new regulations, USCIS officials are expecting a five month waiting period. Additionally, Knowlton further noted that U.S. Citizens living overseas are angry with the little notification that they received from USCIS. The State Department will still be able to process some I-130 applications in a few situations such as safety and security threats and family emergencies, but the State Department has stressed that these exceptions will be granted in rare circumstances. Knowlton also noted that foreign expatriates predict that this new procedure will impose new difficulties on U.S. companies doing business abroad as it may lead to difficulties for U.S. Companies seeking to return U.S. executives that have a foreign spouse or adopted child.


With over 5.2 million expatriates living abroad, USCIS and DOS must do everything to make sure that the process is swift and efficient to receive necessary immigration benefits. American expatriates have long complained that the United States is the only industrial country to tax citizens on their income earned abroad. American expatriates have also complained about banking regulations from the Patriot Act that have made it difficult for them to maintain accounts in the United States. Given that the number of renunciations of U.S. Citizenship for foreign expatriates nearly doubled between 2009 and 2010 according to the U.S. Federal Register, the U.S. Government must do everything to ensure that U.S. Citizens living abroad have easy access to all services of the U.S. government.


The new regulations and the I-130 form can be found on www.uscis.gov. I-130 petitions abroad should send their forms to the addresses below:


By U.S. Postal Service:


USCIS
P.O. Box 804625
Attn. CSC/I-130/OS
Chicago, IL 60680-4107


 


By Express mail and courier deliveries:


USCIS
Attn. CSC/I-130/OS
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517


 

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  1. MR.LESLY FRANCOIS's Avatar
    HI'IAM LESLY FRANCOIS,I RESIDE AT 1000 JACKSON PL # 57
    CAMBRIDGE,MASS 02140.
    TEL:{617}945 2754
    I WOULD LIKE TO PARTISIPETED IN THIS MATTER.
    BECAUSE I LIKE GANGES IN I-130 SOME TIME PEOPLE
    QUALYFINE FOR THEM TO APLOYE FOR I-130 FAMILIES RELATIVE
    BUT BECAUSE THE PRICE IS TO HIGH,FOR THEIR PAY $420.
    LIKE MYSERLF I HAVE SEVEN RELATIVE PAR $420 FOR EACH.
    I THING "USCIS"SUPOSE TO HELP MORE FOR THIS MATTERS.
    THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL OFF YOU.

    SINCERELY

    MR.LESLY FRANCOIS
  2. uscis's Avatar
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency assigned in overseeing the lawful immigration of foreign nationals who are temporarily or permanently settling in the United States and is responsible for granting or denying immigration benefits to those individuals. But besides legal entry, the USCIS also tackles those that illegally enter the United States, making sure that those individuals do not receive benefits, such as social security or unemployment benefits, and investigating, detaining, and deporting those illegally living in the United States.
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