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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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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 www.uscis.gov/policymanual for current policy.

April 03, 2006 Amended Guidance Pertaining to Posthumous Immigration Benefits under Section 1703 of Public Law 108-136, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD05-34)
March 31, 2006 Effect of Perez-Gonzalez v. Ashcroft on adjudication of Form I-212 applications filed by aliens who are subject to reinstated removal orders under INA 241(a)(5) Michael Aytes HQOPS, Dea Carpenter HQOCC Docket # USCIS-2008-0068
January 30, 2006 Delegation of Authority for I-751, "Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence" Michael Aytes HQOPS
January 11, 2006 Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693 Michael Aytes HQOPS
January 11, 2006 Alternate definition of "American firm or corporation" for purposes of section 316(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 USC 1427(b), and the standard of proof applicable in most administrative immigration proceedings Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD06-12)
January 06, 2006 Applications for U Nonimmigrant Status (Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 39) Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD06-11)
December 27, 2005 Interim Guidance for Processing I-140 Employment-Based Immigrant Petitions and I-485 and H-1B Petitions Affected by the American Competetiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) (Public Law 106-313) Michael Aytes HQOPS Docket # USCIS-2008-0067
December 15, 2005 Processing Guidelines for E-3 Australian Specialty Occupation Workers and Employment Authorization for E-3 Dependent Spouses Michael Aytes HQOPS
November 23, 2005 Guidance on Evaluating a Request for the Rescheduling of an Interview and Handling the Failure of an Applicant, a Petitioner, a Sponsor, a Beneficiary, or other Individual to Appear for a Scheduled Interview Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD06-01)
November 01, 2005 Guidance for Processing Pending Form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) when G-325A for Petitioner and Beneficiary is not Signed and/or Photos Not Submitted William R. Yates HQOPS

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