Responding to the need to develop more streamlined processing of various applications and petitions and decrease processing times, USCIS announced a series of case transfers in March. As of March 28, 2016, the Potomac Service Center will process all I-765 Applications for Employment Authorization filed by F-1 and M-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training. All such applications will be marked with the prefix "YSC" to note that the application is at the Potomac Service Center.
The Vermont Service Center ("VSC") has begun to transfer some H-1B and H-4 cases to the Nebraska Service Center ("NSC"). Specifically, the VSC will transfer certain Form I-129 Petitions for Nonimmigrant Workers for petitioners requesting H-1B classification, Form I-539 Applications to Extend/Change status for H-4 classification, and Form I-765, Applications for Employment Authorization for H-4 eligible dependents. Petitioners should refer to the form instructions and the filing addresses listed on the USCIS website and, when applicable, continue to file petitions with the VSC. The VSC will then decide which cases to transfer to the NSC. In cases where an I-129 is transferred to the NSC, any Form I-907 upgrade for premium processing should be sent to the NSC.
Similarly, USCIS may transfer certain L-1 and L-2 cases from the VSC to the California Service Center ("CSC"). The processes affected for L-1 and L-2 beneficiaries will include certain I-129, I-539 and I-765 applications. Petitioners should still refer to the form instructions and the filing addresses listed on the USCIS website and, when applicable, continue to file petitions with the VSC. In cases where an I-129 is transferred to the CSC, any form I-907 upgrade for premium processing should be sent to the CSC. For more details and to review the official press releases, please visit USCIS's website's News and Alerts section and click the links for the alerts from March 29, 2016.