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CIS Redistributes L-1 and H-1B Workload Between Service Centers

30 Mar

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) has announced that the Vermont Service Center will be transferring some L-1 petitions, L-2 extension applications, and L-2 employment authorization applications to the California Service Center. The Vermont Service Center is also transferring some H-1B petitions and H-4 dependent applications and H-4 EAD applications to the Nebraska Service Center. The CIS has indicated the transfers are an effort to redistribute workload between the service centers in order to improve the adjudication of these petitions and applications.

Affected applications should receive a transfer notice from the CIS. The CIS has already begun sending out transfer notices for individual cases. Applicants receiving such notices should not be concerned that there is a problem with their case. The CIS periodically takes steps to rebalance workloads when it may improve adjudication times.

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