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Distribute the current I-140 workload between TSC and NSC and extend I-693 Validity

1) Requesting USCIS Workload Transfer for I-140 processing between TSC and NSC, to balance workload and ensure timely processing.

This is an existing practice but happens occasionally, https://www.uscis.gov/workload-transfers

There are four service centers to handle all of this traffic. Each service center has specific visas that they process, therein lies the problem. The country is divided between these centers based on geographic location and visa type.
Throughout the year their workload varies and by not moving the amount of work around, each center gets backlogged way past the estimated processing times. Applicants are left in the dark, wondering where USCIS is in the process of their petition. Each update on the website is meant to inform citizens, but it instead leaves them frustrated that the updates are months old.
We are asking that USCIS address the difference in process times between centers and for them to take action so the current workload is distributed fairly so petitioners can receive their visa within the estimated time frame. Currently NSC is 6 months behind TSC in processing I-140s. All delay cascades to unwanted medical RFEs and EAD renewals. That further increases workload of USCIS which can be avoided by balancing all the centers.

Similar case : https://www.change.org/p/uscis-distribute-the-current-caseload-between-tsc-csc-vsc-and-nsc

2) Requesting USCIS to extend the validity of the I-693s for an additional year

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issuing requests for evidence (RFEs) for updated medical examinations in connection with long-pending adjustment of status cases (I-485 forms). The medical examination is a requirement for most adjustment of status to permanent residence (“green card”) cases. The medical examination report, form I-693, is part of the supporting documentation to the I-485 filing. The endorsement on the I-693 from the civil surgeon who performs the medical examination is generally valid for a one-year period.

Source: https://www.murthy.com/2014/04/23/uscis-issuing-rfes-on-i-485s-for-updated-medical-exams/

Oftentimes, I-485 applications remain pending for many years. This is primarily due to a backlog in visa number availability, known as retrogression. Rather than require such applicants to obtain new medical examinations every year, the USCIS has been issuing annual policy memoranda since 2004 that extend the validity of the I-693s for an additional year. The last such memo is dated September 4, 2013, and it granted an extension through May 31, 2014. Now, however, it appears that the USCIS will not be granting these blanket extensions again, which means that all I-693s completed more than a year prior to May 31, 2014, are scheduled to expire.

USCIS Will Issue RFEs on Expiring I-693s
The USCIS provided confirmation to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that, as of June 1, 2014, medical examinations that are more than a year old will no longer remain valid. The USCIS will release a notice on this topic in the near future. RFEs have already begun being issued to applicants with expired I-693s.

Burdensome for Many I-485 Adjustment Applicants
This change has the potential to impact a large number of cases that have been pending for years, including a significant number that are expected to remain pending for many years to come. It is not yet clear whether the RFEs will be issued on all cases with expired I-693s, or whether the USCIS intends to limit these requests only to cases in which the priority dates are current or close to becoming current.

Conclusion
This is a substantial change in practice by the USCIS, given the large number of cases involved and the long history of providing automatic extensions, requesting I-693s automatic Extensions for 1 more year

Request addressed to
USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
USCIS Headquarters Office of Service Center Operations
USCIS Nebraska Service Center
USCIS Texas Service Center

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14 Public Comments So Far

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santhanam s. from Minneapolis, MN writes:
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Please wake up Nebraska center. My 1-140 has been in a limbo since 18 months. I may be retired or dead before it gets approved
February 2, 2017
Someone from Schaumburg, IL writes:
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Please balance workload between NSC and TSC and bring NSC processing times of I-140 to 6 months. EB1c filed in August 2016 stuck for a while now !
January 10, 2017
Someone from San Diego, CA writes:
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* Field Office Processing Dates for Nebraska Service Center as of: October 31, 2016 Form Classification or Basis for Filing: Processing Cases As Of Date: I-140 Extraordinary ability (E11): February 2, 2016 I-140 Outstanding professor or researcher (E12): June 2, 2016 I-140 Multinational executive or manager (E13): December 2, 2015 *Field Office Processing Dates for Texas Service Center Form Classification or Basis for Filing: Processing Cases As Of Date: I-140 Extraordinary ability (E11): June 4, 2016 I-140 Outstanding professor or researcher (E12): June 4, 2016 I-140 Multinational executive or manager (E13): June 4, 2016 December 2, 2015 vs. June 4, 2016 for EB1C.
January 10, 2017
from San Diego, CA writes:
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* Field Office Processing Dates for Nebraska Service Center as of: October 31, 2016 Form Classification or Basis for Filing: Processing Cases As Of Date: I-140 Extraordinary ability (E11): February 2, 2016 I-140 Outstanding professor or researcher (E12): June 2, 2016 I-140 Multinational executive or manager (E13): December 2, 2015 *Field Office Processing Dates for Texas Service Center Form Classification or Basis for Filing: Processing Cases As Of Date: I-140 Extraordinary ability (E11): June 4, 2016 I-140 Outstanding professor or researcher (E12): June 4, 2016 I-140 Multinational executive or manager (E13): June 4, 2016 December 2, 2015 vs. June 4, 2016 for EB1C.
4 months ago
Someone from South Bend, IN writes:
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NSC has to speedup the I-140 processing and match it up to TSC Timelines.
October 17, 2016
Someone from Santa Clara, CA writes:
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Request to take action
October 13, 2016
Someone from Daly City, CA writes:
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The NSC Center has been moving extremely slow compared to TSC. Not sure what is happening. Request to take action.
October 12, 2016
Someone from Jersey City, NJ writes:
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Please do this immediately
October 12, 2016
Someone from Sunnyvale, CA writes:
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It is almost 10 months completed after filing the EB1C - i140 and still no progress on this. All centers should have the same timeline but Texas is far compared to Nebraska center. It will be very helpful if this process is speeden up in Nebraska center by load balancing the pending EB1C - i140 cases. Thanks for the understanding.
October 12, 2016
Someone from Overland Park, KS writes:
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Please balance workload between NSC and TSC and bring NSC processing times of I140 to 4 months.