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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

April 05, 2005 Procedural Changes for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status Fujie O. Ohata HQOPS
March 07, 2005 Implementation of Clark v. Martinez, 125 S. Ct. 716 (2005) William R. Yates HQOPS
February 16, 2005 Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) William R. Yates HQOPS
January 27, 2005 Clarification of Classes of Applicants Eligible for Naturalization under Section 319(a) of the INA, as amended by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA), Pub. L. 106-386 William R. Yates HQOPS
January 10, 2005 Relief Efforts for Aliens Affected by the December 26, 2004 Tsunami 01/10/05 William R. Yates HQOPS
January 06, 2005 Guidance on the Limitations of Denials Based on Requests for Evidence Standards Not Required by the Statute, Regulations, or Form Instructions Fujie O. Ohata HQOPS
January 05, 2005 Revised Interview Waiver Criteria for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status William R. Yates /s/ Janis Sposato HQOPS
Continued Eligibility to File for Child VAWA Self-Petitioners After Attaining Age 21; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.14 (AFM Update AD07-02)
The Jurisdiction of Amended Home Studies and the Application of Home Study Age Restrictions for Prospective Adoptive Child(ren) in Intercountry Adoption Cases