No announcement yet.

California Service Center delays?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • California Service Center delays?

    Hi All,

    Is everyone facing delays in OPT approval (initial OPT) from the California Service Center? They received my application on the 23rd October and its been more than 90 days now. I have raised service request and also applied for expedition, but nothing has happened.

    Are there other people also who are facing delays?

  • #2
    Your question will be reviewed by our moderator and posted on our wall at within 24-72 hours please follow the post and forum.
    *** Don't Miss Important Topics, Subscribe to our Newsletter at ***
    If you feel this community is useful, please invite your friends by following below steps
    1. Goto
    2. Find "Suggest to Your Friends" - Click on "See All" and Invite your friends
    3. If you can't find the link, refer

    In addition to the readers comments, You can also call attorneys for free advice. DesiOPT is collaborating with group of attorneys. You can contact them directly via email/ phone. Initial Consult is Free.

    Their information is listed on home page.
    we are providing direct links as well, please let us know your feedback after the call

    F1 visa students find OPT Jobs, CPT Jobs, OPT Employers, H1B Jobs, STEM OPT Jobs, OPT Students



    • #3
      Your message was posted as anonymous on Facebook wall- (Jan 25th)


      • #4
        You need to wait ! Sometimes due to extended security checks it can take more than 90 days actually ! You can try contacting a congressman as well


        • #5
          The best idea is to update your adress to the east side of usa in my case i updated as nort carolina as after finishing the school i will be moving to nc and applied for texsas service center got in 45 days ......good luck


          • #6
            Happening with me at Vermont Service Centre. Been more than 90 days and had applied on Oct 24th. It is on hold due to security check. I also placed an expedite request but they said they can't do anything until they receive the results of security/background check. But said once they get the results they will take a decision asap.


            • #7
              How much time do you think security checks take to clear?


              • #8
                USCIS told me in the email they cannot predict how long the results will take. But once they get the results they will take a decision asap. And asked me to wait patiently.


                • #9
                  Processing of H-1B extensions with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) continue to be extraordinary slow, at both the Vermont and California Service Centers. The backlogs are causing significant hardships for U.S. employers and their H-1B employees in terms of continued employment authorizations concerns, ability to travel, and issues with driver's license renewals.

                  Typical processing times for H-1B extensions historically range from two to four months. Currently, though, it is not unusual to see petitions still pending after eight months from the date of filing. This is worrisome and significant. Under immigration regulations, employment authorization for beneficiaries of a timely filed H-1B extension is automatically granted for 240 days beyond the prior period of stay. In the past, the need to utilize the 240-day rule has been rare. Now with processing times exceeding eight months, the concern and potential ramifications are real.

                  Technically, an H-1B worker whose extension petition remains pending must stop working on the 241st day after the expiration date of the current H-1B petition. So for example, the employer of an H-1B worker whose current period of stay expires on September 30, 2015 files an H-1B extension petition for the employee on August 1, 2015 (within the allowed six month renewal window) with the USCIS Vermont Service Center (VSC). Beginning October 1, 2015, the employee is authorized to continue working, but only until May 28, 2016, pursuant to the 240-day rule. On May 29, if the petition has not yet been adjudicated, the employee must stop working until it has been processed and approved.

                  Looking at the last couple of Processing Time Reports from the VSC, the processing dates for H-1B extensions advanced during the month of November 2015, from June 1 to June 8, 2015, and during the month of December 2015, from June 8 to June 15, 2015. So in two full months, the VSC was only able to process two weeks of H-1B extension petitions. Looking at the Processing Time Reports from the California Service Center, the rate is actually a bit slower.

                  At that rate, our August 1, 2015 filing will not be adjudicated until sometime in July 2016. This leaves our employee unavailable to work for a month or more. Moreover, the employee, depending on the State within which they reside, may not be able to renew their driver's license. Additionally, they haven't been able to travel internationally since October 1, 2015.

                  When repeatedly confronted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association on this issue over the past several months, the response of USCIS is that they are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it. They have not made much progress as the above mentioned reports indicate, and with the April 1, 2016 onslaught of new H-1B petitions coming in just a few weeks, there is not much optimism that they will be able to resolve it in any meaningful way anytime soon.

                  So what does this mean for employers and H-1B workers? First, it is important to submit H-1B extension petitions as early as possible. File them when the six month window opens. Do not wait until the last month, or two or three even, before the H-1B worker's period of stay expires.

                  Next, consider filing H-1B extensions under premium processing initially, or upgrading pending petitions. This is an unfortunate and regrettable by-product of USCIS's inability to process these petitions efficiently. Employers and their H-1B workers are feeling pressured to pay USCIS, what should be an unnecessary, additional fee of $1,225 just to get their petitions adjudicated timely. Premium processing upgrades are on the rise, especially for petitions that have been pending for six months or more. As the number of premium processing requests increase, the pressure to meet the 15 day processing requirement increases, and we seemingly experience an increase in the numbers of Requests for Evidence issued as USCIS seeks to relieve some of the pressure on them.

                  Finally, employers should consider beginning the employment-based permanent residence process as early as possible for those H-1B workers who have become integral to their businesses to better ensure their services and expertise will be available without interruption in the near- and long-term.

                  HTC Service Center in Chennai