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Policy Memoranda

This page provides access to various policy and procedural memoranda which gives guidance to USCIS adjudicators in their work of processing applications and petitions for immigration benefits while still protecting national security.

ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished. If you have bookmarked affected memo PDF files, you will now see the updated stamped version of the memo indicating that you should visit for current policy.

September 07, 2011 Continued Eligibility to File for Child VAWA Self-Petitioners After Attaining Age 21; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM)
August 31, 2011 Eligibility to Self-Petition as a Battered or Abused Parent of a U.S. Citizen; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.15 (AFM Update AD 06-32)
August 26, 2011 Changes to B-2 Status and Extensions of B-2 Status for Cohabitating Partners and Other Nonimmigrant Household Members; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 30.2 and 30.3; AFM Update AD11-27
August 17, 2011 Transfer of Final Adjudication Authority to the National Benefits Center for Adjustment of Status Cases Filed Pursuant to Section 13 of Public Law 85-316 of 9/11/1957; Revision to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 23.10 (AFM Update AD 11-04)
August 09, 2011 Adjudication of Adjustment of Status Applications from Aliens Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) on or after November 28, 2009; Update to Chapters 36.3 and 23.5 of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM); AFM Update AD11-40
August 08, 2011 Process for Responding to Requests by the Department of State (DOS) to Accept a Locally Filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative; Utilization of Reserved Section of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) - Chapter 21.12; AFM Update AD11-38
July 07, 2011 Change in Standard Timeframes for Applicants or Petitioners to Respond to Requests for Evidence; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(b), Chapter 25.2(e)(3), Chapter 38.1(e)(6), and Appendix 10-9; AFM Update AD11-36
June 09, 2011 The Role of USCIS District Directors in the Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition and Accreditation Process; Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual, New Chapter 12.6, AFM Update AD 11-34
May 09, 2011 Requests to Expedite Adjudication of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by individuals outside the United States; Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Update AD11-10
April 27, 2011 Supplemental Guidance to USCIS Service Centers on Adam Walsh Act Adjudication - Centralization of Identified Adam Walsh Act Related Petitions at the Vermont Service Center for Adjudication and Review (AFM Update AD11-23)