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Filed: Country: China
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I live in Nevada, so theoretically, the California Service Center (CSC) is where I should file. However, nearly everyone says to file at TSC (Texas). The TXT has much shorter wait times and I see many people who DID apply originally to California have had their cases transferred to Texas -- causing significant delays. It doesn't seem likely, therefore, that Texas wouldtransfer me to the CSC. Has anyone applied to the TSC that technically lived in another area? Does it even matter? Please let me know.

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Joseph

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You file to the Texas Lockbox, everyone does, as it states in the directions. USCIS then forwards you position to the appropriate center for where you live. You have no choice.


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Filed: Country: China
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Aaargh! Thanks. Anyone have an address in Texas where I can move for the next 5 or six months until this is approved??? (kidding) Who knows, if the CSC is so backlogged, maybe they'll just keep it in Texas to begin with. I can dream, anyway.

:)

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Urgh why can't I type today. I meant YOUR PETITION obv., lol.

Wish you a speedy process. Things will probably pick up soon, they always do eventually.


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It's you, it's you, You make me sing.

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Sent: 7/21/12

NOA1: 7/23/12

Touch: 7/24/2012

Biometrics: 8/24/2012

Card Production Ordered: 3/6/2013

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Aaargh! Thanks. Anyone have an address in Texas where I can move for the next 5 or six months until this is approved??? (kidding) Who knows, if the CSC is so backlogged, maybe they'll just keep it in Texas to begin with. I can dream, anyway.

:)

Texas Service Center does NOT process the I-129F petitions...


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Thailand
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Texas Service Center does NOT process the I-129F petitions...

Correct............they are only setup up to process Citizenship BUT they were slammed by a higher power to take on 35,000 I-130's from CSC. See signature for the fiasco that ensued.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Correct............they are only setup up to process Citizenship BUT they were slammed by a higher power to take on 35,000 I-130's from CSC. See signature for the fiasco that ensued.

Since this was posted in the K-1 forum... I-130's and the problems TSC has been saddled with, are of no concern here....


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Aaargh! Thanks. Anyone have an address in Texas where I can move for the next 5 or six months until this is approved??? (kidding) Who knows, if the CSC is so backlogged, maybe they'll just keep it in Texas to begin with. I can dream, anyway.

:)

The Dallas Lockbox does not equal TSC. As people before me said TSC does not process I-129F petitions anymore, so you will get redirected to either VSC or CSC for sure ;)


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Kenya
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Aaargh! Thanks. Anyone have an address in Texas where I can move for the next 5 or six months until this is approved??? (kidding) Who knows, if the CSC is so backlogged, maybe they'll just keep it in Texas to begin with. I can dream, anyway.

:)

I know you're kidding, but FYI, petitions from Texas are adjudicated at Vermont Service Center, not in Texas even if that is where they are originally mailed now.


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I think this does confuse a lot of people.

Your petition is filed at the Texas Lockbox. NOT the Texas Service Center.

The Texas Lockbox forwards your petition either to California, or Vermont depending on where you live.

The only reason you see Texas Service Center showing up on timelines is because people have either been confused by the above, or haven't bothered updating their timelines to show their correct service center. Sometimes it makes me wish people really would pay attention to their timelines and update them correctly.

There are NO I-129Fs being processed at the Texas Service Center.

They are either processed at California Service Center, or Vermont Service Center.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia
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If you send your petition to a service center it will just be returned to you with a note telling you to send it to the Texas Lockbox. This is from the USCIS web site dated 6/14/10. The lockbox will enter it into the system forward it to the proper service center where you will recieve your NOA1 when they recieve it from the lockbox.

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=091a904c2593a210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=c94e6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD

Change of Filing Location for Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a change in filing location instructions and addresses for the Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) (Form I-129F). The new instructions, dated 6/14/10, are part of an overall effort to transition the intake of forms from Service Centers to USCIS Lockbox facilities. Centralizing form and fee intake to a Lockbox environment allows USCIS to provide customers with more efficient and effective initial processing of applications/petitions and fees.

Beginning Aug. 3, 2010 all Form I-129F petitions being filed by a U.S. citizen on behalf of a fiancé(e) or spouse must be submitted to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility.

For U.S. Postal Service:

USCIS

PO Box 660151

Dallas, TX 75266

For Express mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS

Attn: I-129F

2501 South State Highway 121 Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067

Detailed guidance can be found in the updated Form I-129F instructions online at www.uscis.gov (click on the Forms tab).

The Vermont and California Service Centers will forward incorrectly filed petitions to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox for a period of 45 days until Sept. 17, 2010. After Sept. 17, 2010, petitions and fees submitted at the Service Centers will be returned to the applicant, with a note advising them of the correct filing location.Applicants filing a form at a USCIS Lockbox facility may elect to receive an e-mail and/or text message notifying them that their petition has been accepted by completing Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and attaching it to the first page of their application.

For more information on USCIS programs, visit www.uscis.gov or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.[/color]


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Netherlands
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Aaargh! Thanks. Anyone have an address in Texas where I can move for the next 5 or six months until this is approved??? (kidding) Who knows, if the CSC is so backlogged, maybe they'll just keep it in Texas to begin with. I can dream, anyway.

:)

; CSC so backlogged? :hehe: Where do you get that idea from? Based on the VJ approvals, CSC is approving mid-September filers, while Vermont is working on 3rd week of August. So, y'all are not as backlogged as you might think CS is. :innocent:

Join the -waiting- club and "enjoy" the bumpy ride :dance:


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Aaargh! Thanks. Anyone have an address in Texas where I can move for the next 5 or six months until this is approved??? (kidding) Who knows, if the CSC is so backlogged, maybe they'll just keep it in Texas to begin with. I can dream, anyway.

:)

California and Vermont are currently the only service centers processing K-1's at the moment :thumbs: both are taking 5-6 months

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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Yea, I'd say CSC has slowed down considerably, but it isn't backlogged (to our knowledge)

One always slows down when the other speeds up. Why? Many can speculate but only those working there know.

Edited by Blob18

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I think this does confuse a lot of people.

Your petition is filed at the Texas Lockbox. NOT the Texas Service Center.

The Texas Lockbox forwards your petition either to California, or Vermont depending on where you live.

The only reason you see Texas Service Center showing up on timelines is because people have either been confused by the above, or haven't bothered updating their timelines to show their correct service center. Sometimes it makes me wish people really would pay attention to their timelines and update them correctly.

There are NO I-129Fs being processed at the Texas Service Center.

They are either processed at California Service Center, or Vermont Service Center.

The reason you see Texas Service Center on timelines now is NOT that people are confused but that 35,000 petitions were transferred from California Service Center to Texas Service Center last November because CSC was so backlogged. Here is the thread for all of us unfortunate victims of the fiasco that has ensued (TSC was not prepared to deal with this as you are right, they don't usually process I-129s and I-130s, and many people have been waiting 7 months or more for their NOA2):

CSC to TSC transfers

; CSC so backlogged? :hehe: Where do you get that idea from? Based on the VJ approvals, CSC is approving mid-September filers, while Vermont is working on 3rd week of August. So, y'all are not as backlogged as you might think CS is. :innocent:

Join the -waiting- club and "enjoy" the bumpy ride :dance:

Again, the only reason CSC is in such good shape now is that they were able to clear their backlog last November by dumping 35,000 petitions onto TSC (see above link).

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USCIS171 days
08.03.2010: Sent I-130 (Received at Chicago Lockbox on 08.05.2010 – Priority Date)
08.24.2010: NOA1 – Notice Date (Case transferred from CSC to TSC on 11.02.2010 and back to CSC on 02.07.2011)
02.11.2011: NOA2 – Approved! (hard copy received on 02.17.2011)

NVC46 days
02.26.2011: Got NVC case number from AVR (entered on 02.24.2011)
02.28.2011: Called operator to give email addresses and get IIN; emailed beneficiary's change of address and DS-3032; received instruction emails from NVC; AOS fee bill invoiced and paid
03.01.2011: AOS fee shown as "paid"
03.03.2011: DS-3032 accepted; beneficiary's address updated by NVC; IV fee bill invoiced and paid
03.07.2011: IV fee shown as "paid"; AOS and IV packets sent out together via USPS Priority Mail (delivered on 03.09.2011)
03.22.2011: AVR and operator tells us we will receive an RFE
03.26.2011: Received RFE checklist via email (asking for PCCs from China and Taiwan)
03.28.2011: Sent checklist response via USPS Priority Mail (explaining/demonstrating that PCC should not be required)
04.10.2011: AVR message says that checklist response was received on 04.08.2011; sign in failed
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04.13.2011: Interview date assigned, received Packet 4 via email
04.25.2011: NVC sent case to embassy in London

Embassy – London, United Kingdom
05.23.2011: Medical at Knightsbridge Doctors
05.31.2011: Interview - APPROVED! (301 days from filing)
06.02.2011: Visa in hand
06.07.2011: POE at SFO

Removal of Conditions

04.16.2013: Sent I-751 packet to Vermont Service Center

04.18.2013: I-751 packet received at VSC (check cleared on 05.03)

05.04.2013: Received NOA1 (dated 04.19)

05.11.2013: Received biometrics appointment notice for 06.05.2013 (notice dated 05.08)

05.13.2013: Completed biometrics as a walk-in (would have been out of town for scheduled appointment)

08.21.2013: APPROVED! (Received email update that USCIS has ordered production of new card)

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