Marriage Based Adjustment of Status – NBC Liaison Practice Pointer: NBC Interview Notices

This may not be a big issue but worth reporting. Some of our clients have received information from USCIS that interview appointments are scheduled at the National Benefits Center (NBC). If you receive an I-797 Interview Appointment Notice, e-mail, or update from Case Status Online indicating that an interview is at NBC, please contact the NCSC at 1-800-375-5283 , or contact your local office, to request the correct USCIS location of the interview.

NBC is located in Lee’s Summit, MO, and is not open to the general public. Interviews are not conducted at NBC. An interview will be held at the local office that has jurisdiction over the case.

In Marriage-Based Green Card interviews, which are conducted in USCIS District and Field Offices only, Adjudications Officers set out to determine whether the applicant’s marriage to a U.S. Citizen is a legitimate one. A legitimate marriage is a marriage that was not entered into for the purpose of evading immigration law. USCIS is required to focus on whether, at the time the marriage was entered into, the bride and groom intended to establish a life together.

In order to make a determination that a marriage is legitimate for immigration purposes, the examining officer looks into the conduct of the parties after the marriage to prove their intent at the time of its inception.