USCIS to Transfer Some FY 2023 H-1B Cap Petitions to the California Service Center

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced  that it will transfer some fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap-subject petitions to the California Service Center (CSC) from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) for data entry and adjudication.  


USCIS is transferring some pending H-1B cap-subject petitions to California due to processing delays at the VSC. The agency says that transferring the workload will help it issue receipt notices quicker for properly filed H-1B cap-subject petitions.  

The agency indicated petitioners should not submit duplicate petitions to either service center based on concern that their previous petition was misplaced or never arrived. Employers whose petition is transferred will receive a receipt notice from USCIS once the transfer is complete. 

Petitioners should use the petition receipt number ultimately provided by USCIS to check the case status online

Looking Ahead  

USCIS is actively trying to reduce processing delays at other service centers. More information will be provided when available.  


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").        

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.