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Form I-129 is an official document that must be filled in and submitted to the USCIS to sponsor non-immigrant foreign employees for temporary jobs in the USA. Foreign nationals may use this form to apply for new status or update their existing visas.
What are the purposes of Form I-129?
The I 129 H1B is required if you are:
Eligibility Criteria for Form I-129 Sponsorship
Employees eligible for sponsorship with an I 129 visa include:
For I 129 direct filing, the petition comprises 36 pages, of which eight pages are the main pages, and the rest are supplemental information.
The list of supplements for Form I-129 includes:
Your petitioning employer is responsible for filling and submitting Form I-129. They should only complete forms relevant to the visa classification. The remaining supplements may be left blank. Here's a list of the information employers are required to fill out.
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1. Petitioner Information
This is the first part of the petition that requires the employer to fill out the information about themselves. The employer is the "petitioner," and the employee is the "beneficiary."
2. Application Information
In this section, the employer must fill the details of the required non-immigrant visa and the actions they want the USCIS to implement if:
3. The Beneficiary Information
The confusion in this section is usually centered around "A Number," a 9-digit registration number given for selected foreigners. Most often, the A-Number is not assigned to workers who have not requested for permanent residence. If you have not received this number, you may skip this part and leave it blank.
4. Processing Information
This is the fourth part of the petition that gathers information to process your petition. Sometimes, the questions may pertain to facility inspection where the worker has applied for the visa whether they are outside the US or the location of the Consulate within the US.
5. Job & Employer Information
The petitioning employer must provide information regarding:
6. Export Control Certification
The employer must state if a license is required from the federal government for the foreign worker to access technical data or technology. A designated official will be asked to determine if the employer's business uses technologies that may require this license.
7. Completion of Form I-129
The filled and completed Form I-129 can be verified and signed by the employer's authorized representative. Most employers file the petition not more than six months before the job commencement date. The employer should also pay the filing fee of USD 460.
The completed Form I-129 can be filed at a location depending on:
Form I-129 should be submitted and received before the beneficiary's H1B status expires.
As far as Portability is concerned, a foreign employee already residing in the United States and sponsored by another employer through an H-1B visa may work while Form I-129 is processed. The same is applicable even if the petition has been approved for some cases. Beneficiaries are allowed to do this for 240 days after the expiration of their work permits.
Kindly note that your Form I-129 process could be delayed if you travel abroad during this time. Employers must be informed if the worker needs to travel abroad after their H-1B status has expired. However, most of the time, travellers do not get permission to travel until they receive approval for their petition.
Before We Conclude
Like all non-immigrant petitions, the instructions for Form I 129 direct filing must be precisely followed to avoid any delay in the processing. Please remember that you may encounter problems later if any incorrect information is found in your approved Form I-129 petition. Therefore, please take utmost care to fill out and submit your Form I-129.
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**Disclaimer : All H1B processes are subject to change. Kindly refer to the USCIS website for the latest updates.**