I am deploying a Approval Process file via Metadata API and it is erroring out stating:

The approval process contains an invalid submitter value [email protected] for type user.

The [email protected] is a valid and active username and I have included that under the allowedSubmitters element with a type 'User' as below:

        <submitter>[email protected]</submitter>

But event when it is valid, the deployment fails with the stated error.

Any suggestions to resolve this? I want to deploy this file as a metadata itself rather than manually edit the component in Production.

Any help will be appreciated!

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After trying a lot of things, I deployed the component by commenting out the allowedSubmitters node and fixing it in Production. Nothing else seemed to work.

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