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Friday, September 14, 2018

I-539 Applications Transferred

On September 2, 2018, Vermont Service Center transferred some I-539 applications for F, M, J or B nonimmigrants to the Potomac Service Center and the Nebraska Service Center. 

he I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status functions as described -- it is used for nonimmigrants to extend or change of their visa status. It can also be used for requests for reinstatement of lapsed status.  

USCIS frequently shuffles applications between service centers. The purpose is to lighten the workload on one service center by moving applications to less busy service centers. A similar transfer took place on July 19, 2018 where some I-539 applications for F, M, J, or B nonimmigrants were transferred out of the Vermont Service Center and sent to the California Service Center. Also, on July 26, 2018, the California Service Center transferred some of its I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence applications to the Texas Service Center. The same transfer took place on July 19, 2018 between the California Service Center and the Vermont Service Center.

These moves are routine procedure by USCIS to regulate workloads.

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