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USCIS Transfers 36,000 Immediate Relative Petitions from California to Texas Service Center
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In November 2010, USCIS transferred approximately 36,000 Immediate Relative petitions from California Service Center to Texas Service Center. USCIS anticipated that this redistribution of work would result in more timely adjudication of these petitions. Due to a number of unforeseen circumstances at the Texas Service Center, many of these cases have not been processed and are beyond the estimated processing times.

On Feb. 7, 2011, USCIS implemented a rapid response plan to expedite the adjudication of these petitions. It has transferred a large number of these Immediate Relative petitions back to the California Service Center to take advantage of resources currently available to immediately process these cases. Petitioners will see an action such as an approval, denial or a Request for Evidence (RFE) on their case from the USCIS California or Texas Service Centers by the end of February. Additionally, USCIS has also briefed the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) about these cases.

USCIS encourage applicants to monitor the progress of their by accessing "My Case Status online".

If applicants do not see any action on their case, such as an approval, denial or an RFE, by March 1, 2011, they may contact USCIS at: I-130Inquiries.Tsc@dhs.gov

USCIS remain committed to the prompt resolution of all pending cases and will provide updates on the progress in the coming weeks.



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