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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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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 www.uscis.gov/policymanual for current policy.

March 09, 2012 Procedures for Calculating the Maximum Period of Stay for R-1 Nonimmigrants (AFM Update AD12-03)
March 02, 2012 Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693; Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Update AD 11-13, Chapter 40.1(c) Validity of Form I-693
January 17, 2012 The Role of Private Attorneys and Other Representatives; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 12 and 15; AFM Update AD11-42
December 31, 2011 Clarifying Guidance on Definition of Internationally Recognized for the P-1 Classification; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 33.5(a); AFM Update AD11-03
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 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 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

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