On May 16, 2007, the DHS issued its fi nal rule permitting petitioners to fi le O and P nonimmigrant petitions up to one year before the petitioner’s need for the worker’s services. By allowing petitioners to fi le Forms I-129 for O or P nonimmigrant status more than six months in advance of the need for the worker’s services, USCIS is now able to ensure that the adjudication is completed well before the date of the scheduled event, competition, or performance, as a large percentage of O and P petitioners seeking performers or athletes must often plan for and schedule competitions, events, or performances more than one year in advance. The fi nal rule does not apply the one-year fi ling time frame to other nonimmigrant classifi cations associated with Form I-129.