Recently, the Citizenship & Immigration Service sent out thousands of notices to people with applications pending notifying them that their application has been transferred to the California Service Center. Many DACA applicants with applications pending in the Vermont Service Center received this notice as did many individuals with applications for adjustment of status. Clients often called, panic-stricken, and ask “what does it mean??”
Quite simply, it means that there was an imbalance in the workload between the two Service Centers. There were too many applications for the adjudicators in Vermont and too many adjudicators in California with time on their hands. So, CIS shifted some applications from Vermont to the less busy California Service Center. That’s it. Workload allocation and management. Nothing sinister or foreboding. CIS periodically makes such adjustments between Service Centers and always causes some anxiety on behalf of applicants. It only means that the transferred case has a better chance of being resolved more quickly than it did if it sat idle in an overburdened office.
So, relax. It’s California, after all.