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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

August 27, 2010 Nepal Initiative - Filing Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, to adopt a child in Nepal (AFM Update AD10-47)
August 26, 2010 Guidance on Uniform Denial Language Pertaining to Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.7(b) (AFM Update AD10-25)
August 19, 2010 Evaluation of Evidentiary Criteria in Certain Form I-140 Petitions (AFM Update AD 10-41)
July 21, 2010 William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008: Changes to T and U Nonimmigrant Status and Adjustment of Status Provisions; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 23.5 and 39 (AFM Update AD10-38)
July 20, 2010 Clarifying Guidance on "O" Petition Validity Period Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 33.4(e)(2) AFM Update AD10-36
June 22, 2010 Extension of U Nonimmigrant Status for Derivative Family Members Using the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM), New Chapter 39.1 (g)(2)(i)(AFM Update AD10-08)
March 11, 2010 Clarifying Guidance on Adjudicating Reciprocal Exchange Agreements Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 33.6(d) AFM Update AD10-28 Donald Neufeld, Associate Director, Service Center Operations
March 02, 2010 Notification of Ramos v. Holder; Former Gang Membership as a Potential Particular Social Group in the Seventh Circuit Joseph E. Langlois, Chief, Asylum Division
January 29, 2010 Numerical Limitation Exemption for H Nonimmigrants Employed in the CNMI and Guam Donald Neufeld Acting Associate Director, Service Center Operations, Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM), Chapters 31.3 and 31.5
January 17, 2010 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Adjudications involving New York traffic infractions or New York violations