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Speed Up USCIS Texas Service Center Employment-Based AOS Case Processing

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It has come to my attention that the I-485 case load becomes unbalanced between Texas Service Center (?TSC?) and Nebraska Service Center (?NSC?). The case processing time [1] for employment-based adjustment applications (I-485), as published on USCIS website, is August 4, 2013 for TSC, whereas the timeline for NSC meets the national goal of ?4 months.? To my knowledge, many cases filed at NSC are approved within two to three months from filing to approval, but it?s hardly the case for people whose cases are under review by TSC. Noting that last month?s published processing timeframe for TSC is July 28, 2013, the processing speed is getting slower at TSC, and the problem is expected to persist.

The slowness of processing at TSC has caused significant inconvenience for beneficiaries in the employment-based categories, whose adjustment of status applications are delayed by months just because their addresses are within the jurisdiction of TSC.

What?s worse, this unbalanced work load has more serious impacts for applicants under Employment-based Third Preference (EB-3) category. Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, an adjustment of status application may only be approved when a visa number is immediately available. The Visa Office of Department of State controls the number use by registering the visa demand from USCIS and US consulate posts oversea, and publishing a visa bulletin every month. The Employment-based Third Preference category, as indicated in the last Visa Bulletin [2] published by the Visa Office, may suffer a sudden cut-off date retrogress any time soon due to the largely unpredictable demand surge in the EB-3 category.

With NSC processing time systematically shorter than TSC, applicants with NSC takes significant advantage over those with TSC, because NSC could consume the visa numbers earlier even they filed their applications at the same time. When the visa numbers become unavailable, the applicants would need to wait until the beginning of the next fiscal year to have their cases approved. It?s also against the ?first come, first serve? principle that the congress had intended, because USCIS?s two service centers are not processing the cases in the order that was received.

I would like you to directly address this issue with USCIS Texas Service Center, and have the work load prioritized over EB-3 AOS applicants due to the reasons explained above. I am not asking for preferential treatment, but fairness and balanced processing between the two service centers, based on the order they are received.

[1] https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do
[2] http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2014/visa-bulletin-for-march-2014.html

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February 13, 2017
Hui J. from Houston, TX signed.
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Someone from Flushing, NY writes:
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Still counting and no response 2 years and 5 months now. My file is still sitting at Long Island field office catching dust. Total of 23 years and 5 month to wait on Green card. Now I understand why many people I know just come and get an education and just leave the U.S. to make a better live someplace else other then the U.S. I might just go that same route. Its NOT WORTH IT.
February 10, 2017
Anonymous A. from Chicago, IL writes:
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Not only the I-485 but other cases are pending well beyond the stipulated normal processing time. No explanation is provided whatsoever for the delay but just that it needs further review? And seriously, the cases gets processed in the order it was received??!! Opening of service request is a joke. With the amount that we get charged for processing fee, this is a ridiculous service.
1 month ago
Someone from Plano, TX writes:
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It's really becoming ridiculous what TSC is doing to us, tax payers!! We pay taxes, we pay processing fees, and the service is horrible!! Either do it for free, or provide services that are relevant!! Or outsource it to someone who know how to do this simple job!!!
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Someone from Flushing, NY writes:
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I found out through infopass that my file has been sitting at the long island field office for 2 years now. I made an appointment to find out what was going on and i got a lot of excuses from where so backed up, to your address must be wrong, your finger prints are valid for 2 years. I just think that these people just sit there and not do anything and it should be investigated. THAT'S ANOTHER 2 YEARS OF MY LIFE THAT I WILL NEVER GET BACK. IN TOTAL I WAITED 23 FREAKING YEARS FOR MY PAPERS AND COUNTING. HOW MUCH LONGER?
1 month ago
from San Antonio, TX signed.
January 15, 2017
Someone from Charlottesville, VA writes:
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please and please give me my green card, I beg you...
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Someone from Houston, TX signed.
January 9, 2017
Someone from Hallandale, FL writes:
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Waiting for renewal EAD more then 90 days. Lost my job. Ridiculous service.
January 9, 2017
Someone from Wilmington, DE writes:
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Please process our AOS on time. It is been more than 90 days and no updates. Nebraska center is on time but not the Texas center.