Workload Transfer from California Service Center to Texas Service Center

On March 8, 2013, USCIS transferred some casework from the California Service Center to the Texas Service Center to balance overall workload with processing capacity at the centers. The affected casework includes the following forms:

Immigration Law : 

Cases Processed in Delayed Immediate Relative Petitions, (Form I-130) at Texas Service Center

On February 8, USCIS posted a notification regarding the delay in processing approximately 36,000 immediate relative petitions that were transferred from the California Service Center to the Texas Service Center. In that notification, we advised that some cases were transferred back to our California Service Center to take advantage of currently available resources.  We also committed to providing you with updates on our progress.


USCIS Transitions the Intake Function from the Service Centers to its Lockbox Network for Several Benefit Requests

 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be transitioning the intake function of several more forms from the Service Centers to its Lockbox network. By centralizing form and fee intake to a Lockbox environment, USCIS will improve consistency and integrity in the intake process.

The forms scheduled for the transition:

TSC Updates – 05/14/10

Reopening of a denied I-140 case -  Cases when a denied I-140 is reopened, the center (TSC) usually reopens any ancillary applications like I-485, I-131 and I-765 that were denied only because of the denied I-140.  Generally the procedure takes about 60 days for the file to be acquired form National Records Center or AAO and to reopen.

Green Card: 

TSC Updates – 09/21/09

I-140 processing and adjudications - On an average TSC is completing around 9,600 I-140 adjudications per month. As of now the incoming I-140 volume is slightly less.  As of reaching its goal TSC is close to becoming current on all I-140s which includes the ones filed during 2007 summer. About 5000 stand-alone I-140s are still awaiting adjudication the backlog.

Green Card: 

TSC Update – 06/03/09

Internal procedure by which Motion to Re-open, Motion to Reconsider or Appeal is handled  

Presently at the USCIS TSC the officer that issued the denial generally adjudicates the MTR. But this system will slowly change. The denial of the MTR will be reviewed by a supervisor. An appeal filed under 8 C.F.R. § 103.3  will always be first considered as an MTR.
Be sure to submit the supporting documentation along with the I-290B. If the center considers its decision as correct it  will forward he appeal  to the AAO.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

Texas Service Center Moving to New Address on June 26

On June 26, the Texas Service Center will move to a new address. Although the move is scheduled for June 26, USCIS cannot accept mail at the new address until Monday, June 29. The new facility will help streamline processes by consolidating operations in the new location. The Texas Service Center will continue to provide prompt and efficient service in processing requests for immigration benefits. The updated address for the service center will be:



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