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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

February 11, 2011 Issuance of Advance Parole Employment Authorization Document; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 54.2(b), 54.3(d)(3), 54.3(e) (h), and 55.3, and addition of Appendices 55-4, 55-5, 55-6, and 55-7 (AFM Update AD07- 27)
January 31, 2011 Notice to Applicants and Petitioners Concerning Ability to File Motions to Reopen or Reconsider; Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.7; AFM Update AD11-09
January 21, 2011 Temporary Protected Status Adjudications Involving "No Jail" or "No Incarceration" Certifications, and Reminders for Cases Involving Certain Potential Misdemeanors Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 38.1 (e) (12) AFM Update AD11-21
January 18, 2011 Implementation of Provisions of Public Law 111-230 Instituting Increased Fees for Certain H-1B and L-1 Petitions and Applications Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 31.1(b), 31.3(h), 32.3(a), and 32.4(a); AFM Update AD11-19
January 14, 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. Addition of Chapter 36.3 to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM); AFM Update AD10-19
January 11, 2011 Instructions for Handling Regressed Visa Number (Employment-Based and Family-Based) Adjustment of Status Cases Interviewed at USCIS Field Offices; Revision to <i>Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) </i>Chapter 20.1 (e) (<i>AFM</i> Update AD 11-02)
January 07, 2011 Approval of Petitions and Applications after the Death of the Qualifying Relative under New Section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM): New Chapter 10.21 and an Amendment to Chapter 21.2(h)(1)(C) (AFM Update AD-10-51)
January 06, 2011 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns the Permanent Injunction Issued by the District Court in Ruiz Diaz v. United States, No. 09 35734 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2010) Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.3(b)(1), AFM Update AD11-01
January 03, 2011 Implementation of the Help HAITI Act of 2010
December 29, 2010 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Activities and Associations Relating to the All Burma Students' Democratic Front (ABSDF) Memo