U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 21, 2016, that some of its cases will be transferred between its five service centers to balance its workload and ensure timely processing.
Your employee’s case may be transferred if you sent your petition or application to the Vermont Service Center or filed a Form I-765 for an F-1, M-1, or J-1 dependent. USCIS stated that some Form I-129s for petitioners requesting L-1 Intracompany Transferee nonimmigrant classification, Form I-539s for the L-2 nonimmigrant classification, and Form I-765s for L-2 nonimmigrants applying for employment authorization were transferred from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center; some Form I-129s for petitioners requesting H-1B nonimmigrant classification, Form I-539s for the H-4 nonimmigrant classification, and Form I-765s for H-4 nonimmigrants applying for employment authorization were transferred from the Vermont Service Center to the Nebraska Service Center; some Form I-765s filed by an asylum applicant with a pending asylum application filed on or after Jan. 4, 1995 were transferred from the Vermont Service Center to the Texas Service Center; some Form I-765s filed by F-1 and M-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) and J-1 dependents were transferred to the Potomac Service Center from all other service centers; and all newly filed Form I-765s filed by F-1 and M-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) are being sent from the Lockbox to the Potomac Service Center.
If you filed a petition on behalf of your employee and your case is being transferred, you will receive a transfer notice from USCIS. If your employee filed an application on his or her own behalf, then he or she will receive the notice. If you or your employee receives a transfer notice, please note that this should not affect your application or petition and it should not delay processing of your case. Your receipt number will stay the same and you should continue to file your forms according to the existing instructions found on the USCIS webpage.
As always, you can check the status of your cases online with your receipt numbers, and you can sign up to receive automatic case status updates by email as well. If your pending petition is eligible for premium processing and you want to request premium processing for an expedited response after your petition or application is transferred, you must file both your Form I-907 and a copy of your Form I-797 Receipt Notice for your pending petition or application with the service center where it is currently pending.
If you need assistance with this process orf with any of your filings, contact our office of experienced immigration attorneys.