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Adjudicator's Field Manual - Redacted Public Version
Introduction to the Adjudicator's Field Manual
Welcome to the online public version of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM). The AFM comprehensively details USCIS policies and procedures for adjudicating applications and petitions. USCIS updates the AFM regularly to incorporate new policies and procedures established through statutes, regulations, policy memoranda, or any other pertinent publications.
As permitted under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), United States Code, Title 5, Section 552, the AFM on the USCIS public web site is a redacted version of the complete manual. All redactions were made under both of the following exemptions:
The abbreviations "(b)(2)" and "(b)(7)(E)" in the manual indicate where data has been redacted.
- 5 USC 552(b)(2) to prevent the disclosure of records that are related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency; and
- 5 USC 552(b)(7)(E) to prevent the disclosure of techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure that could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law.
Important Notice: Nothing in the AFM shall be construed to create any substantive or procedural right or benefit that is legally enforceable by any party against the United States or its agencies or officers or any other person. Also, see the
USCIS general web site policies
on the USCIS web home page for additional disclaimers.
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