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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

November 20, 2011 Revised Guidance on the Adjudication of Cases Involving Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) and Further Amendment to the Hold Policy for Such Cases
November 20, 2011 Implementation of New Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) for the Provision of Material Support in the Form of Medical Care
November 07, 2011 Revised Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Removable Aliens
September 07, 2011 Continued Eligibility to File for Child VAWA Self-Petitioners After Attaining Age 21; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM)
August 31, 2011 Eligibility to Self-Petition as a Battered or Abused Parent of a U.S. Citizen; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.15 (AFM Update AD 06-32)
August 26, 2011 Changes to B-2 Status and Extensions of B-2 Status for Cohabitating Partners and Other Nonimmigrant Household Members; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 30.2 and 30.3; AFM Update AD11-27
August 17, 2011 Transfer of Final Adjudication Authority to the National Benefits Center for Adjustment of Status Cases Filed Pursuant to Section 13 of Public Law 85-316 of 9/11/1957; Revision to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 23.10 (AFM Update AD 11-04)
August 09, 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; Update to Chapters 36.3 and 23.5 of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM); AFM Update AD11-40
August 08, 2011 Process for Responding to Requests by the Department of State (DOS) to Accept a Locally Filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative; Utilization of Reserved Section of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) - Chapter 21.12; AFM Update AD11-38
July 07, 2011 Change in Standard Timeframes for Applicants or Petitioners to Respond to Requests for Evidence; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(b), Chapter 25.2(e)(3), Chapter 38.1(e)(6), and Appendix 10-9; AFM Update AD11-36