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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

April 30, 2008 Revised Guidance for the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) AFM Update: Chapter 21.2(e) The Child Status Protection Act of 2002 (CSPA) (AD07-04) Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations
April 11, 2008 Adjustment of status for VAWA self-petitioner who is present without inspection Revision of Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 23.5 (AFM Update AD 08-16) Donald Neufeld for Michael Aytes, Associate Director, Domestic Operations
March 27, 2008 New Classification for Victims of Criminal Activity - Eligibility for "U" Nonimmigrant Status; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual Chapter 39 (AFM Update AD08-12) Michael Aytes, Associate Director Domestic Operations
March 26, 2008 Withholding Adjudication and Review of Prior Denials of Certain Categories of Cases Involving Association with, or Provision of Material Support to, Certain Terrorist Organizations or Other Groups Jonathan Scharfen, Deputy Director, USCIS
March 21, 2008 Adjudicator's Field Manual Update: Chapter 31: Accepting and Adjudicating H-1B Petitions When a Required License is not Available Due to State Licensing Requirements Mandating Possession of a Valid Immigration Document as Evidence of Employment Authorization
March 19, 2008 Genetic Relationship Testing: Suggesting DNA Tests Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21 (AFM Update AD07-25) Don Neufeld for Michael Aytes, Associate Director, Domestic Operations
March 10, 2008 Authorization to process cases involving the provision of material support to the AUC Paul S. Rosenzweig, DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy to Emilio Gonzalez, Director, USCIS
March 05, 2008 Notification to Department of State (DOS) of Adjudication of Form I-824, "Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition" Relating to a Digitized File
February 04, 2008 Revised National Security Adjudication and Reporting Requirements Michael Aytes, Associate Director, Domestic Operations
January 07, 2008 Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693 Michael Aytes, Associate Director, Domestic Operations