Texas Service Center to Begin Accepting Form I-129 for Certain H-1B Petitions

Today, May 20, USCIS announced that USCIS will begin sharing workloads in processing H-1B cases with the Texas Service Center (TSC). Traditionally, California Service Center (CSC), Vermont Service Center (VSC), and Nebraska Service Center (NSC) handled H-1B adjudications, however with long processing delays the three service centers will be working with Texas Service Center to improve case processing times.

The official announcement stated:

“The Texas Service Center will begin processing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for certain H-1B cap-exempt petitions requesting:

  • A change in previously approved employment;

  • A change of employer;

  • Concurrent employment;

  • Amendments;

  • A continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer;

  • A change of status to H-1B; or

  • Notification to a U.S. Consulate or inspection facility (port of entry or pre-flight inspection).

This does not include H-1B petitions for cap-exempt entities, petitions that are cap-exempt based on a Conrad/Interested Government Agency (IGA) waiver under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 214(l), or petitions where the employer is located in Guam or the beneficiary will be performing services in Guam.”

Special Considerations:

  • The added service center should improve processing timelines and ease backlogs recently seen in processing H-1B petitions.

  • Any current H-1B cases pending with the California Service Center and Vermont Service Center may be transferred to the Texas Service Center in the coming months. If your case is transferred, a receipt notice of transfer should be expected.

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