Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

Currently, there is a single base fee for Form I-129 and a single base form, which contains a variety of supplements used for the different petition-based categories. Visit the USCIS Form I-129 page for the latest form and instructions, and fee and filing information.


Limits on Paying Combined Fees When Filing Form I-129. On February 25, 2022, USCIS emailed stakeholders and posted the following alert on its Form I-129 page.

"For all H-1B and H-1B1 petitions received on or after April 1, 2022, USCIS will no longer accept a single, combined fee payment when Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status; Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; or Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, is filed together with an H-1B or H-1B1 petition (Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker). Each of these forms received by USCIS on or after April 1 must have its own fee payment instrument or we will reject the entire package. Only the fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, may be combined with the fee for a concurrently filed Form I-129 requesting H-1B classification. 

USCIS is transitioning to electronic processing of immigration benefit requests. As we complete this transition, USCIS will be using multiple systems to receipt and process various types of immigration benefit requests. Because H-1B and H-1B1 petitions and related applications are not all processed in the same system, USCIS requires a separate payment instrument for each of these forms. USCIS acknowledges that using multiple checks or payments for H-1B and H-1B1 petitions and related applications is more burdensome than using one payment. USCIS is always analyzing its forms, practices, and policies to streamline filing and reduce, minimize and control burdens to submit requests.  However, USCIS believes that the advantages of electronic processing to both the agency and to the public outweigh the minor impacts of submitting individual fee payments."

USCIS Plans to Separate Form I-129 into Individual Forms. USCIS is planning to separate Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, into several individual forms. Currently, Form I-129 has a main form and various supplements used by the various nonimmigrant categories that utilize the form. The new forms will combine information from the current main Form I-129 with information from the current supplements to create unique forms tailored to specific nonimmigrant classification. For updates and more details, see NAFSA's page Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, to be Separated into Several Individual Forms.