U.S. Alert – USCIS Emailing Notifications to H-2A Petitioners, Using Pre-Paid Mailers to Send RFEs

 USCIS Emailing Notifications to H-2A Petitioners, Using Pre-Paid Mailers to Send RFEs
As of January 22, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun emailing notifications of receipt and approval to H-2A (temporary agricultural worker) petitioners who file Forms I-129, Petitions for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Also, USCIS said it is using pre-paid mailers provided by H-2A petitioners to send requests for evidence (RFE) if issued in a case.

These process changes apply only to H-2A petitions “due to their highly time-sensitive nature,” USCIS said.

Email notifications. USCIS will send notifications of receipt and approval to the email address provided by H-2A petitioners in Part 1 of Form I-129 and to any email address provided for their attorneys or accredited representatives on a valid Form G-28. There is no charge for this service.

In addition to these emailed notifications, USCIS will continue to send receipt and approval notices by postal mail and update Case Status Online at https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do.

Pre-paid mailers for RFEs. H-2A petitioners can submit two pre-paid mailers if they want to expedite delivery of both the final decision notice and any RFE issued for the petition.

Service centers normally use pre-paid mailers only for final decision notices. Any pre-paid mailers submitted for H-2A petitions must meet the same requirements (see link below) as pre-paid mailers used for other forms and classifications.

USCIS will no longer send receipt notices to H-2A petitioners via pre-paid mailer. This is because the emailed receipt notice will include the relevant receipt number, the agency said.