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USCIS Case Transfer Update Dec. 22, 2018

With 6 million petitions and applications received every year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services transfer cases when a particular office simply cannot cope with the workload. A transfer is then made. Check if your case is among those affected.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on December 22, 2018; updated December 22, 2018

USCIS Case Transfer Update Dec. 22, 2018

Workload Transfer Updates

Each year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives and processes about 6 million immigration applications from individuals and employers.

Petitions and applications are sent to specific USCIS Service Centers. When a Service Center gets swamped, some cases are then transferred from one Service Center to another. The process is called Workload Transfer.

At 1:05 AM 22nd December 2018, the USCIS announced the transfer of some I-751 cases from the Vermont Service Center to the Texas Service Center:

Form I-751 is the form that certain Permanent Residents file to remove the conditional status of residency, Those affected include spouses of U.S. citizens whose I-130 petitions were filed within two years of getting married.

Failure to file the I-751 makes the foreign spouse subject to deportation.

By regulation affected applicants should receive a transfer notice.  The receipt number will not change, according to the USCIS reassuring applicants that the transfer will not delay case processing.

Millionaire immigrant visa applicants also must apply to remove conditional status of residency after investing anywhere from $500,000 to a million dollars. The application is on a different form - I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions.

Like their foreign spouse counterparts, immigrant investors must file the removal of conditions application within the 90-day period immediately before the second anniversary of admission to the U.S. as a conditional permanent resident.

The other work transfer notice was issued on December 4, 2018.  The transferred cases were for applicants who filed Form I-539 seeking to extend their authorized stay in the U.S. or change into another nonimmigrant category, either from or to student, exchange visitor or business status. (F, M, J, or B respectively).

The I-539 cases were transferred from Vermont to Texas Service Center.

To check the latest workload transfers, click on this official USCIS link - https://www.uscis.gov/workload-transfers

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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