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Significant Guidance

This page provides access to significant and economically significant guidance documents issued by USCIS and those issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service that apply to USCIS, as required by Executive Order 13422, Further Amendment to Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review (72 FR 2763, published January 23, 2007) and the Office of Management and Budget's Good Guidance Bulletin (GGP) (72 FR 3432, published January 25, 2007).

Public Comment on Significant Guidance Documents

USCIS will post significant guidance documents on the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at www.regulations.gov. This site will provide a public forum for submission of comments and for requests to amend or issue significant guidance documents. To submit comments on significant guidance documents, please follow the instructions on the FDMS website using the docket number associated with the significant guidance document (as indicated below).

Guidance documents represent the current thinking of USCIS on a topic. They do not create or confer any rights for or on any person and do not operate to bind USCIS or the public.

Feedback or Complaints

Members of the public who have feedback or complaints regarding significant guidance documents should contact USCIS. If you have a complaint regarding a USCIS significant guidance document or believe a USCIS employee is not following the guidance requirements of Executive Order 13422 or OMB's GGP Bulletin, please contact USCIS.Significant.Guidance@dhs.gov. In order to ensure proper processing of your comment, please include the words "SIGNIFICANT GUIDANCE: [Insert name of significant guidance document]" in the subject line of your email message. Please note: Under the Privacy Act, we cannot provide any information about a pending application or petition for benefits, or answer any case-specific questions. If you have been instructed to send USCIS written communications, or to contact USCIS regarding a case, sending an e-mail to this address will not satisfy those instructions.

If the issue is not resolved, please contact the Department's Office of the General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs at SignificantGuidance@dhs.gov. In order to ensure proper processing of your comment, please include the words "SIGNIFICANT GUIDANCE: [Insert name of significant guidance document]" in the subject line of your email message. Public comments under these procedures are for the benefit of the agency and do not require formal response by the agency.

USCIS will review requests, complaints and questions to determine whether any action is warranted and, if so, what action. USCIS will determine whether it needs to take any action based on the nature and timeliness of the information submitted, the significance of any modifications requested, the magnitude of any modifications requested, and the resource requirements for any modifications requested.

Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693

Issue Date: January 07, 2008 Michael Aytes, Associate Director, Domestic Operations
January 07, 2008 Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693 Michael Aytes, Associate Director, Domestic Operations
December 18, 2007 Authorization to process cases involving the provision of material support to the ELN Paul Rosenzweig, DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy to Emilio Gonzalez, Director, USCIS
November 08, 2007 Guidelines for Partnerships between Asylum Offices and Non-Governmental Organizations to Provide Access to Legal Consultation for Applicants in the Credible Fear Process Joseph E. Langlois HQRAIO
November 08, 2007 Effect of Form I-130 Petitioner's Death on Authority to Approve the Form I-130; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.2 (AFM Update AD08-04) Michael Aytes, HQOPS
September 06, 2007 Authorization to process cases involving the provision of material support to the FARC Paul S. Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS
September 06, 2007 Processing the Discretionary Exemption to the Inadmissibility Ground for Providing Material Support to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) Jonathan Scharfen HQUSCIS
July 31, 2007 Matter of Vazquez (July 31, 2007) Jonathan Scharfen HQUSCIS
July 30, 2007 Matter of Perez Quintanilla (June 7, 2007) Jonathan Scharfen HQUSCIS
July 20, 2007 Fee Waiver Guidelines as Established by the Final Rule of the Immigration and Naturalization Benefit and Application and Petition Fee Schedule (AFM Update AD07-19) Donald Neufeld HQOPS
March 15, 2007 Adjustment of Status for K-2 Aliens under the Age of 21 Michael Aytes HQOPS

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