|The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) Service Centers handle the mail, file, data entry, and adjudication of most applications for immigration services and benefits. Determining where your application or petition should be filed depends on your particular case.
Please note that an application or petition may need to be filed at the USCIS District Office serving your area or at a specific Service Center, without regard to where you live. Generally, the Service Centers, which do not accept walk-in applications, process applications for designated regions, and regularly issue estimated processing times. While these reports provide a guide for how long it will be before a decision is made for an application, there is no guarantee that a particular case will be adjudicated by the times stated. Please consult an attorney before submitting your filing and before acting on a pending matter.
You should also be aware that beginning in April 2006, the USCIS began its bispecialization program, under which adjudication of all I-129 (Nonimmigrant Worker) Petitions were assigned to the Vermont and California Service Centers and adjudication of all I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) Petitions were assigned to the Nebraska and Texas Service Centers. In April and June 2007, the USCIS announced instructions for "direct filing" of I-129, I-129F, I131, I-140, I-360, I-485, I-765 and I-907. Otherwise, filings are completed as instructed by the particular form that is required to be submitted.
When you check the processing times at the USCIS website, you must select one of the following USCIS Service Centers:
|California Service Center
The California Service Center accepts and processes certain applications and petitions from people residing in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the Territory of Guam.
|Nebraska Service Center
The Nebraska Service Center accepts and processes applications and petitions from people residing in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
|Texas Service Center
The Texas Service Center accepts and processes certain applications and petitions from individuals residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
|Vermont Service Center
The Vermont Service Center accepts and processes certain applications and petitions from people residing in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
|National Benefits Center (formerly Missouri Service Center)
The National Benefits Center (formerly Missouri Service Center) only accepts and processes certain types of applications and petitions without regard to location of residence.
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