On April 28, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a statement to address concerns regarding case processing delays. USCIS cited staffing shortages and an increasing workload as culprits of the backlog. USCIS stated that in an effort to minimize delays, it reviews the workload capacity of each service center and will redistribute pending cases between their service centers to maximize their resources.
For example, USCIS transferred all recently filed Forms I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, submitted by F-1 and M-1 students for Optional Practical Training to different services centers throughout the country. USCIS provided the following information for those whose applications have been transferred:
• Your case will be worked based on the processing times of the receiving center
• All notices and requests will come from the new center
• Please notify USCIS any time you change your address
• If you receive notice that your Green Card has been approved, please wait 120 days to receive it in the mail
For details regarding transfers, you may visit the USCIS workload transfer updates page at: https://www.uscis.gov/workload-transfers. For current processing times for each service center, you may visit: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do.
If you receive a transfer notice or have questions about the processing timeline of your application, please do not hesitate to contact us at 303-297-9171. Your attorney or paralegal can help answer your case processing questions.
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