USCIS Clarifies Form Changes


On Friday, December 23rd, USCIS made unannounced changes to 44 different forms and implemented the changes effective that day. With the exception of Form I-129, the USCIS website indicated that USCIS would no longer accept previous versions for any of the forms updated on Friday. In response to an inquiry from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, USCIS said it would exercise discretion in accepting previous versions of the forms.

Today, USCIS announced that it will continue accepting previous versions of most forms until February 21, 2017. The only exception is Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. USCIS will continue to accept previous versions of Form I-129 after February 21, 2017.


UPDATE (01/17/2017): Today, USCIS released new versions (edition date 01/17/2017) of the following forms: I-129, I-140, I-485, and I-765. USCIS will continue to accept previous editions of the I-140, I-485, and I-765 until February 21, 2017. It will continue to accept previous editions of the I-129 after that date.