In an effort to streamline the adjudications procedures, Texas Service Center
(TSC) started the "PLUS Pilot" program for adjudicating concurrently-filed
of status application packets. Until recently, each form in a typical AOS
packet was separated and sent to a different officer for a preliminary name check
and adjudication. This often caused confusion and led to lost documentation and
delays in processing.
The pilot will allow one officer to review the packet as a whole, which includes
supporting documentation. The pilot is aimed at eliminating repetitive steps in
the adjudication process.
As a result of these changes, Petitioners may begin to see one RFE that requests
information for more than one application form within a single AOS packet or one
envelope containing multiple, related RFEs. While less than two weeks have passed
since the pilot was implemented, it does seem to be faster than the previous process.
Petitioners may see some more recently-filed AOS packets being completed before
others that have been pending longer. TSC reports that this is likely due to the
recent pilot implementation and petitioners or their attorneys should not send
inquiries about cases unless they fall outside of posted processing times.