USCIS Remedies Delayed Immediate Relative Petitions
In November 2010, the California Service Center (CSC) had transferred about 36,000 I-130 Alien Relative Petitions for Immediate relatives to the Texas Service Center (TSC). Given its caseload, the CSC had anticipated that this transfer would redistribute its workload and result in more efficient adjudication of the petitions. However, due to unpredictable reasons, the petitions became delayed instead.
In order to remedy these delays, the USCIS formulated a plan to expedite these cases. USCIS has transferred many of these Immediate Relative petitions back to the California Service Center. On these delayed petitions, petitioners should have now received a response, such as either an approval, denial or a request for evidence on their case by the end of February 2011.
As a part of its remedial efforts, the USCIS has gone a step further and also notified the Department of State's National Visa Center (NVC) about this problem. This may help for those cases in which the immigrant is seeking an Immigrant Visa and will be filing applications with the NVC.
If you or someone you know, have a petition delayed beyond the normal processing time, contact an experienced immigration attorney for immediate assistance.