Starting today, January 22, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) will email notifications of receipt and approval to
H-2A (temporary agricultural worker visa) petitioners who file Form I-129 (Petition
for a Nonimmigrant Worker).
In addition, also beginning today, USCIS will use pre-paid mailers provided
by H-2A petitioners to send requests for evidence (RFE) if issued in a case.
Email Notifications to H-2A Petitioners
USCIS will send notifications of receipt and approval to the email address
by H-2A petitioners in Part 1 of Form I-129 and to any email address provided
for their lawyer or accredited representative on a valid Form G-28. Notifications
do not have a service charge. Furthermore, USCIS will continue to send
receipt and approval notices by postal mail and update Case Status Online.
Pre-Paid Mailers for Requests for Evidence
H-2A can now submit two pre-paid mailers if they want to hasten delivery
of both the final decision notice and any RFE issued on the petition.
Service centers often use pre-paid mailers for final decision notices
only. Any mailers sent by H-2A petitioners need to meet similar requirements
as other forms and classifications that use pre-paid mailers.
USCIS won’t send receipt notices to H-2A petitioners via pre-maid
mailer any longer since the emailed receipt notice will include the relevant
If you are interested in applying for an H-2A visa in Southern California,
request a free consultation with our
Santa Barbara immigration attorneys at
Appel & Morse today.