USCIS Shifts Certain H-1B Petitions to California Service Center

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the transfer of specific H-1B petitions and fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap petitions, originally pending intake at the Vermont Service Center (VSC), to the California Service Center (CSC) for data entry and adjudication. This relocation is prompted by receipt issuance delays for H-1B petitions at the VSC. USCIS urges applicants to adhere to the addresses specified on the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129,

Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker page when submitting petitions.

The objective of this workload transfer is to expedite the issuance of receipt notices for properly filed H-1B petitions. USCIS emphasizes the importance of refraining from submitting duplicate petitions due to concerns about the arrival or misplacement of the initial submission. In cases where a petition is transferred, applicants will not receive a specific transfer notice but can expect a receipt notice promptly after their petition is officially receipted. Transferred petitions will undergo processing to completion at the CSC.

For inquiries regarding case status, USCIS encourages the use of the petition receipt number. While receipt issuance delays persist across some service centers, USCIS is actively working to mitigate these delays and enhance overall efficiency.

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