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Key Points

  • USCIS has announced that some FY 2023 H-1B cap petitions will be transferred
  • Petitions will be transferred from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center
  • USCIS will notify individuals whose petitions are transferred
  • Petitioners should not submit duplicate petitions at this time
  • Petitions transferred from VT to CA will be processed at the CSC


US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that to reduce processing delays, and it will soon transfer some fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap-subject petitions from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the California Service Center (CSC) for data entry and adjudication.

USCIS is transferring the H-1B cap-subject petitions to California due to processing delays at the VSC. The agency says that transferring the petitions will help issue receipt notices more quickly for properly filed H-1B cap-subject petitions. Petitioners should not submit multiple petitions based on concern that their previous petition was misplaced or did not arrive. Individuals whose petition is transferred will receive a receipt notice from USCIS once the transfer is complete. Petitions that are transferred from the VSC will be completed at the CSC.

Petitioners should use the petition receipt number provided by USCIS to check their case status.

Looking Ahead

USCIS is actively trying to reduce processing delays at other service centers. More information will be provided when available.

Written by: Lucy Halse, Content Marketing Associate, Envoy Global
Source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services

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