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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.

You can also find a listing of memoranda by subject to the right.

ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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.

November 08, 2007 Guidelines for Partnerships between Asylum Offices and Non-Governmental Organizations to Provide Access to Legal Consultation for Applicants in the Credible Fear Process Joseph E. Langlois HQRAIO
September 06, 2007 Authorization to process cases involving the provision of material support to the FARC Paul S. Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS
September 06, 2007 Processing the Discretionary Exemption to the Inadmissibility Ground for Providing Material Support to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) Jonathan Scharfen HQUSCIS
July 31, 2007 Matter of Vazquez (July 31, 2007) Jonathan Scharfen HQUSCIS
July 30, 2007 Matter of Perez Quintanilla (June 7, 2007) Jonathan Scharfen HQUSCIS
July 20, 2007 Fee Waiver Guidelines as Established by the Final Rule of the Immigration and Naturalization Benefit and Application and Petition Fee Schedule (AFM Update AD07-19) Donald Neufeld HQOPS
June 01, 2007 Interim Guidance Regarding the Impact of the Department of Labor's (DOL) final rule, Labor Certification for the Permanent Employment of Aliens in the United States Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.2(b) General Form I-140 Issues (AFM Update AD07-20) Donald Neufeld HQOPS
June 01, 2007 Removal of the Standardized Request for Evidence Processing Timeframe Final Rule, 8 CFR 103.2(b) Significant Revision to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 10.5(a), (b); New Appendix 10-9 (AFM Update AD07-05) Donald Neufeld HQOPS
May 24, 2007 Processing the Discretionary Exemption to the Inadmissibility Ground for Providing Material Support to Certain Terrorist Organizations Jonathan Scharfen, HQUSCIS
May 11, 2007 Processing of Applications for Ancillary Benefits Involving Aliens Who Pose National Security or Egregious Public Safety Concern Michael Aytes HQOPS