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Texas Service Center Now Accepting Form I-129 for Certain H-1B Petitions

The Texas Service Center has begun processing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for H-1B petitions where the beneficiary has already been charged against the H-1B annual limit.  USCIS is now distributing the workload for H-1B adjudications among the Texas, California, Vermont, and Nebraska service centers. The location for filing is determined by the geographic location of the petitioner’s primary office.

Petitions that are exempt from the H-1B cap because the petitioner is a cap exempt entity will continue to be filed with the USCIS California Service Center. USCIS also clarified that petitions that are cap exempt based on a Conrad/Interested Government Agency (IGA) waiver under INA 214(l), or petitions where the employer is located in Guam or the beneficiary will be performing services in Guam must also be filed with the CSC.

Petitioners filing any of the above H-1B petitions should file their Form I-129 at the address indicated on the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker page. Starting July 19, 2019, USCIS may reject petitions filed at the wrong service center.

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Tony Derosby leads Pierce Atwood’s Immigration Practice Group. He has advised and supported business immigration clients on immigration and global mobility issues for more than 25 years.

Tony helps clients achieve business objectives in the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of international personnel. He serves as immigration counsel for clients in a variety of industries, including health care, technology, education, finance, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, recreation, hospitality, forest products, and energy. His clients include publicly-traded and privately-...

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Kellie E. MacDonald is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Immigration Practice Group.

Kellie has significant experience representing immigrants and immigrant family members living abroad and in the United States in a wide range of matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, including family petitions and applications for adjustment of status, naturalization, asylum, and U visas.

Kellie also has represented detained and non-detained immigrants in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, with a focus on asylum, criminal-immigration issues, and custody determinations. She has conducted all aspects of case litigation, including trials, bond hearings, competency hearings, and evidentiary submissions.

Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Kellie was an immigration staff attorney for Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigration Services in Massachusetts. She previously worked as part of the Immigrant Rights Program at the American Friends Service Committee in New Jersey, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau in Massachusetts, the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition in Washington, D.C., and the Immigration Impact Unit at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts.

Kellie graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015 with recognition for performing over 2,000 hours of pro bono legal work. She was also one of 25 new lawyers selected for participation in the Immigrant Justice Corps, a two-year immigration law fellowship dedicated to providing high-quality legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation in the New York City area.

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  • Tufts University, B.A., summa cum laude (2008)

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