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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.

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Approval of Petitions and Applications after the Death of the Qualifying Relative under New Section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;

Issue Date: January 07, 2011 Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM): New Chapter 10.21 and an Amendment to Chapter 21.2(h)(1)(C) (AFM Update AD-10-51)
January 07, 2011 Approval of Petitions and Applications after the Death of the Qualifying Relative under New Section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM): New Chapter 10.21 and an Amendment to Chapter 21.2(h)(1)(C) (AFM Update AD-10-51)
January 06, 2011 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns the Permanent Injunction Issued by the District Court in Ruiz Diaz v. United States, No. 09 35734 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2010) Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.3(b)(1), AFM Update AD11-01
January 03, 2011 Implementation of the Help HAITI Act of 2010
December 29, 2010 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Activities and Associations Relating to the All Burma Students' Democratic Front (ABSDF) Memo
December 29, 2010 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Material Support to the All India Sikh Students Federation-Bittu Faction (AISSF-Bittu) Memo
December 22, 2010 Evaluation of Evidence Submitted with Certain Form I-140 Petitions Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.2, AFM Update AD11-14
December 20, 2010 Model Plan for Administrative Naturalization Ceremonies; Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Update AD 10-53
December 15, 2010 Revocation of VAWA-Based Self-Petitions (Forms I-360) AFM Update AD10-49
December 14, 2010 Waivers of Inadmissibility and Grants of Status for Certain Aliens Seeking Nonimmigrant Status in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); Addition to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 36.4
November 22, 2010 Fee Waiver Guidelines as Established by the Final Rule of the USCIS Fee Schedule; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.9 (AFM Update AD11-05)

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