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Question: I had an I-485 application pending at the local USCIS office in Florida. I recently moved to Texas and filed an AR-11. I received a letter from the local USCIS office in Florida telling me that they were transferring my case to a local office in Missouri. I do not know why they are sending my file to Missouri. Is there anything I can do to stop them from transferring my case?
Answer: You cannot stop them from transferring the file. When you move, the local office has the option to transfer your file to the local office having jurisdiction over your new address. It is standard procedure for them to do so. In certain situations they can also transfer the case to a USCIS Service Center, which may be what they have done here by sending the file to the Missouri Service Center, rather than a local field office in Missouri.
Of course sometimes mistakes happen and USCIS sends the file to the wrong place. It seems to me that they should have sent the file to the local office in Texas having jurisdiction over your new address. It is possible that they sent the file to the wrong place or that the letter you received just had a typo and was supposed to say that they sent the file to the local office in Texas.
Either way, I would recommend that you make an Infopass appointment to go into your local field office in Texas. You can make the appointment on the USCIS website, www.uscis.gov. They should be able to clear up the situation and get the file to the correct field office. Make sure to bring all your documentation relating to your filings.