Texas Service Center Introduces Streamline Procedure for I-485s and I-140s

The USCIS Texas Service Center has introduced a new e-mail procedure that AILA members can use to help TSC identify I-485 and I-140 cases that have remained pending beyond the stated TSC processing times posted on the USCIS website. I-485 cases may be identified only when immigrant visa availability has been reached, based on publication of the monthly State Department Visa Bulletin. The attached Streamline Procedure, called the “EB I-485/I-140 Initiative Standard Operating Procedure,” lists the steps to follow precisely when the Procedure is available to be used and what to do for follow up. The Procedure is effective immediately. TSC hopes that the Procedure will help quicken backlog reduction.