Nov 16 2006
USCIS to Transfer Form I-129F for K-3 Spouses of U.S. Citizens to Two Centralized Locations
In late October (Oct. 23), the USCIS’s National Benefits Center
(BNC) began transferring the Petition for Alien Fiance(e), Form
I129F, the petition for K-3 spouses of US. Citizens, to the
California and Vermont Service center locations. The location for
these forms was based on the location of the related Form I-130,
Petition for Alien Relative. This transfer is directly related to
USCIS’s ongoing initiative to use a centralized filing and
bi-specialized adjudication system.
USCIS will continue to forward approved Form I-129F (K-3 visa)
petitions to the National Visa Center for consular processing. It
will, however, keep approved Form I-130 petitions for retrieval
when a beneficiary applies for an adjustment of status, except in
cases where the petitioner clearly states on Form I-130, that the
beneficiary will use the consular process.
USCIS rationalizes this process because most K-3 beneficiaries
apply for permanent residency by filing the Application to Register
Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485, after their
arrival in the U.S. Rarely do they use their approved Form I-130
petition to apply for an immigrant visa abroad. By retaining this
form, USCIS will minimize the unnecessary movement of flies.