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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

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)
October 07, 2010 Implementation of Provisions of Public Law 111-230 Instituting Increased Fees for Certain H-1B and L-1 Petitions and Applications (AFM Update AD10-48)
September 20, 2010 Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.3 (AFM Update AD10-24): Special Immigrant Visas under Section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009
September 20, 2010 Validity of Puerto Rico Birth Certificates as Evidence (AFM Update AD10-43)
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)