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USCIS California Service Center ??? why

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Hello Friends,

Some good news on my parents case (IR-5) . In last week of April I mailed my paperwork to the Chicago lock box from Virginia. Just this Friday evening I got text messages and Emails from USCIS . I am happy they got my paperwork and have cashed the checks. After reading the email just have a few questions.

1) Why California center shouldn't they be processing it in Vermont or New Hampshire or something?

2) How much time does this California center take for parents of a USC for me to get a approval letter?

Are they considered faster or slower center then Vermont ? Any suggestion or Opinions will help.

Thanks guys

Below is the email I got from USCIS

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Your case has been accepted and routed to the USCIS California Service Center for processing. Within 7-10 days by standard mail you will receive your official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) with your Receipt Number WACxxxxxxxxxx. With the official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) you may visit www.uscis.gov where you can check the status of your case using My Case Status. We suggest you wait until you have received your Form I-797 before checking My Case Status.

This confirmation provides notification of the date USCIS received your case. This notice does NOT grant any immigration status or benefit. You MAY NOT present this notice as evidence that you have been granted any immigration status or benefit. Further, this notice does NOT constitute evidence that your case remains pending with USCIS. The current status of your case must be verified with USCIS.


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There is no rhyme or reason in what center you case goes to. California actually is a good one, faster than most.


Ara & Anya - Tucson, Arizona

IR-5 for my (Anya's) mother
00 Filed: 03/08/2013

536 POE: 08/26/2014

Father

00 I-130 mailed to Phoenix Lockbox: 05/28/2014

455 POE LAX: 09/03/2015

Brother (9 years old, A2A through LPR mother)

I-130

00 Filed: 09/12/2014

03 Petition accepted at California Service Center, NOA-1 mailed: 09/15/2014

07 NOA-1 received; Priority date is 09/15/2014: 09/19/2014

176 RFE received: 03/07/2015

238 RFE response mailed to CSC: 05/08/2015

242 RFE response received at CSC; Decision to be made before 07/11/2015: 05/12/2015

308 Approved; NOA-2 mailed: 07/17/2015

314 NOA-2 received; Case sent to NVC: 07/23/2015

371 Welcome Letter received; Choice of Agent form submitted: 09/18/2015

374 AoS fee paid: 09/21/2015

416 IV fee paid; IV application submitted: 11/02/2015

452 IV and AoS packets mailed: 12/08/2015

455 Documents received at NVC; Waiting for CC: 12/11/2015

502 Case Complete; Wating for IL: 01/27/2016

504 Interview scheduled for 03/11/2016: 01/29/2016

523 Medical exam: 02/17/2016 Passed

546 Interview: 03/11/2016 PASSED!

549 Visa issued: 03/14/2016

588 POE LAX: 04/22/2016

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Hello OKflyboy,

Thank you so much for your response I really appreciate it. It is really comforting to know that California service center is one of the best and faster services then rest. I just got the hard copy of my first NOA yesterday in the mail like the email and text message said they would. I was just wondering that is all since I live in VA and CA is like the other side of the country. Anyway Thank you.

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