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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

October 02, 2012 Designation of Military Physicians as Civil Surgeons for Members and Veterans of the Armed Forces and Eligible Dependents
September 28, 2012 Asylum Division National Customer Access Standards
August 10, 2012 USCIS Policy for Accommodating Religious Beliefs during Photograph and Fingerprint Capture
August 08, 2012 Suitability and Home Study Memo
July 18, 2012 Guidance for Determining if an Adoption is Valid for Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Purposes; Updates to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 21.4, 21.5, 21.6, 21.10 and 71.1; AFM Update AD12-10
July 13, 2012 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) for Activities and Associations Relating to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)
June 06, 2012 Requests to Expedite Adjudication of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, Filed by Individuals Outside the United States; Update to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 41.7 and Appendix 41-5 (AFM Update AD12-09)
June 01, 2012 Submission of Form I-20 or DS-2019 in support of the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
May 25, 2012 Process for Responding to Request by the DOS to Accept a Locally Filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
May 25, 2012 Representation and Appearances and Interview Techniques; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 12 and 15; AFM Update AD11-42