New Version of Form I-129S Now Required 


On June 29, 2016, USCIS published a new version (Edition Date 06/02/2016) of Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition. Effective today, USCIS is no longer accepting the previous edition of the form. In an e-mail to stakeholders on August 8, 2016, the Consular Information Unit of the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India confirmed the Department of State will also stop accepting the previous version of Form I-129S today. U.S. Consulates will issue Form 221(g) if the visa applicant does not provide the current edition of the form, which will require the applicant to return to the U.S. Consulate with the correct version in order to have the application adjudicated. This requirement applies even if the applicant scheduled his visa interview prior to today’s date. 

The updated version of Form I-129S is eight pages long and includes new requests, such as whether the applicant has any aliases or previous names (including maiden names), the applicant’s foreign salary, and the number of hours per week the applicant worked abroad. The form also requests the petitioner to declare whether the applicant’s qualifying foreign position is executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge in nature.