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arrowI-129F TRANSFER THREAD - If you have been recently transferred, please post here!!!
March 26, 2015, 4:57 pm Last comment by Re&Ni

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According to the announcement that was made today, Thursday March 26, 2015, the USCIS will begin transferring I-129F petitions to the CSC effective tomorrow, Friday March 27, 2015.  You can see the announcement on the USCIS's website:


And here it is again cut-and-pasted for convenience:


SCIS recently made two operational changes to balance our overall workload.

Workload Realignment

USCIS recently began transferring some Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, cases filed by lawful permanent residents for their eligible family members from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center.

If your case was transferred, USCIS will send you a notice listing the transfer date and where your case will be processed. Your original receipt number will not change and this will not delay the processing of your cases except for the additional time needed to transfer the file.

Effective March 27, 2015, USCIS will transfer the adjudication of some cases to balance our overall workload. The affected cases include those filed with the following forms:

  • I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
  • I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
  • I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (employment and asylum-based only)
  • I-821D/I-765, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals/ Application for Employment Authorization (initial and renewal requests)

The filing location and instructions for these forms will not change. Please continue to file the forms at the address noted on the form instructions and on the USCIS website at

How to Track the Status of Your Case

You can check your case status at Case Status Online by entering your receipt number. You can also sign up to receive automatic case status updates by email.

You can ask us about the status of your case if you do not receive a decision within the published processing time. You may submit an inquiry using e-Request or call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283. For TDD hearing-impaired assistance, please call 1-800-767-1833. When asking about your case status, tell us your original receipt number and also say that your case was transferred to a new location.

If we send you any notice (such as a request for evidence), please read the notice carefully and follow the instructions provided.

If you move while your case is pending, you must inform USCIS of your address change. You may do so online or by calling the NCSC. It is important that you notify us of any address change as soon as possible, so that you continue to receive notifications from USCIS.

Therefore, in order to track the progress of these transfers and to keep statistics on their effectiveness (or at least try to) let's open a new thread solely for that purpose.

So.  If you've been transferred, please post here with your NOA1 date and the date that your transfer was effective.  Naturally, please post when you receive any further progress on your petition to include RFEs and obviously your NOA2.  If we can keep the information in one thread it will be more effective and helpful to all of us because we will be able to monitor the progress of these transfers and gauge our own progress against that of others who have also been transferred.

Clearly no one has been transferred today, since it will begin tomorrow.  But we'll kick off the thread today anyway to prepare.  Here's hoping that the awareness we've all raised during the past few months will pay dividends to TSC filers who've been waiting by balancing the processing times with the CSC.  And hopefully that will have a longer term effect than the previous round of transfers last August.  All of that is TBD, but we're glad that some folk might indeed be helped by all of this!

Let us know about your transfer and keep everyone apprised of its progress!  Thanks!

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arrowN-400 Possible Problems
March 25, 2015, 5:22 pm Last comment by JimmyHou

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Hi fellow VJers,


I have already tried to ask this question in the ROC forum and didn't really receive any advice aside from the obvious, but since I am slowly moving to the Citizenship forum, maybe you will be able to help me. Here is the deal:


I am slowly getting ready to apply for citizenship. I will be eligible in June of 2015. This February I have received my 10 year green card after removal of conditions only to find out that it has my first and last name switched around on the card. As I did not make any copies of the submitted documents, I have no way of knowing whether I have switched them around on the application (which could be the case), or whether it was an error on the part of USCIS. Frankly, I was going to go ahead and leave it be, as I am not prepared to gamble away $450 that I might have to pay to correct it if this was indeed my fault, but I am wondering whether this will have any affect on my citizenship application. Does any one have any experience with this? Could the citizenship application encounter problems and delays because of this? I have read that you should apply for I-90, but again, I am not ready to gamble on $450 if this was in case my fault, nor do I want to wait for over three months this close to filling N-400 unless it is absolutely necessary. If anyone has any advice, I would appreciate it.


Thank you for reading this post :)

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arrowi485 administratively closed
March 23, 2015, 6:46 pm Last comment by Gosia & Tito

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My wife arrived on a k1 visa in sept of 2014 and we married in Oct (within 90 days).I filed for her AOS on January 30th (after i94 expired). She had her biometrics Appointment on March 4th. This past Friday we received a letter stating that her application was administratively closed because she is in removal or deportation proceedings. I was under the impression as long as I married within 90 days we could adjust her status within a reasonable time frame. We never received any notice she was in any removal proceeding until we received this letter. Do you guys think this is an error by the USCIS? If we were in removal/ deportation proceedings, why would they schedule us for a biometrics appointment? We have called USCIS and spoke to a their 2 officer and they are going to check with the national benefits center to confirm if we are indeed in removal/deportation and will email us with the results. Has anyone heard of this happening before?

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arrowsome employers not accepting temporary SSN
March 23, 2015, 1:55 pm Last comment by amartins

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Ok, so my wife received her EAD and her social security card a little over a month ago, though we're still waiting for her green card interview. Regardless, she's got everything she needs to legally work, but it seems that some employers won't hire her a job because her social security card has that temporary stamp on it? She was turned down for a job today because of it. I was flabbergasted. What's the point of having an EAD card and a SSN if employers won't accept it? I'm sure this won't be the case with all employers (at least I hope not), but it's certainly troubling, to say the least. Anyone had experience with this?

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arrowTransiting Through China
March 19, 2015, 6:33 pm Last comment by VOL
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I hope this is the correct forum to ask this question. My wife is heading back to Eastern Russia soon with her GC. We found the best route is Detroit to Beijing to Krasnoyarsk. She is worried about what will happen she she arrives in Beijing, she will have both her US GC and Russian passport and should only be there about 12 hours. Will she need a transit visa? If so, should she use her GC or Russian passport? Our plan is to set the Detroit to Beijing tickets in her married name and he Beijing to Krasnoyarsk tickets in her maiden name. Not sure if that will be a problem.

Any advice is appreciated.



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