What is the USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC)?


The National Benefits Center serves a unique role within the USCIS. The NBC was founded in 2001 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The NBC’s primary mission is to prepare applications for adjudication that require an interview at a USCIS Field Office.  A lot goes into preparing an application including conducting background and security checks and reviewing the evidence an applicant submits to support their eligibility for the benefit.

The NBC’s largest workload is Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. These two applications will reach well over a million cases in Fiscal Year 2012.

In the Form I-485 process, an applicant must provide all initial evidence, before the applicant can be scheduled for interview.  If evidence is missing, the NBC will issue a Request for Evidence (RFE).  An RFE places a hold on the I-485 application, as well as the associated applications filed with the I-485 application (for example, Form I-130, Form I-765, Form I-131), until the NBC receives the missing initial evidence.

Processing times of the Form I-485 applications are determined by each field office, not the NBC, since final adjudication is not conducted at the NBC.  I’ve had solid success preparing I-485 adjustment applications for couples, families, and foreign workers. With 17 recommendations on LinkedIn, my previous clients can vouch for the thoroughness of the work I do.

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