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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

Legal and Discretionary Analysis for Adjudication

Issue Date: May 03, 2006 Robert C. Divine HQUSCIS
May 03, 2006 Legal and Discretionary Analysis for Adjudication Robert C. Divine HQUSCIS
May 03, 2006 Disclosure of Certain Information Relating to Criminal Histories of Petitioners to Potential Visa Beneficiaries Robert C. Divine HQUSCIS Docket # USCIS-2008-0069
May 02, 2006 AFM Update: Chapter 31: H-1B Cap Exemption for Aliens Holding a Master's or Higher Degree from a U.S. Institution (AD 06-24) Michael Aytes HQOPS
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 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 11, 2006 Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693 Michael Aytes HQOPS
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