I-485 Cases at the Nebraska and Texas Service Centers Are Being Transferred to National Benefits Center
April 6, 2022
The USCIS has directed the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) and Texas Service Center (TSC) to cease new adjudications of all employment-based Forms I-485 (except for 4th preference petitions) and transfer those cases to the National Benefits Center (NBC), located in Summit, MO. The USCIS will issue Transfer Notices to the I-485 applicant and attorney of record once the application is sent to the NBC.
Any Form I-485 cases already with a NSC or TSC officer, and where a Request for Evidence (RFE) has been issued, will remain at the NSC or TSC but may be transferred at a later date to the NBC.
In cases where an interview may be waived, the NBC can do final adjudication. If an interview is required, the NBC will send the application to a local field office for final adjudication.
This re-assignment of cases is part of the USCIS efforts to reduce processing backlogs. The USCIS has stated that using as many as possible of the FY2022 available employment-based visa numbers is a top priority.
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