Newsletter February 2011- Delay in the Processing of Immediate Relative Petitions, Form I-130, at Texas Service Center

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Delay in the Processing of Immediate Relative Petitions, Form I-130, at Texas Service Center

In November 2010, USCIS transferred approximately 36,000 Form I-130 Immediate Relative petitions from their California Service Center to their Texas Service Center. They did this in order to redistribute the work, allowing for speedier processing of the petitions. But the USCIS has stated that due to a number of unforeseen circumstances at the Texas Service Center, many of these cases have not been processed and are beyond surpassed the estimated processing times.

On Feb. 7, 2011, the USCIS implemented a plan to expedite the adjudication of these petitions. They transferred a large number of these Form I-130 petitions back to our California Service Center. The USCIS has stated that petitioners should see an action such as an approval, denial or a Request for Evidence (RFE) on their case from their California or Texas Service Centers by the end of February. Additionally, the USCIS has notified the Department of State’s National Visa Center about affected cases.

If you do not see any action on your case, such as an approval, denial or an RFE, by March 1, 2011 you should contact USCIS at:

I-130Inquiries.Tsc@dhs.gov