USCIS Policy Manual

Current as of October 28, 2014

Table of Contents

Volume 1 - General Policies and Procedures

Part A - Customer Service

Chapter 1 - Guiding Principles

Chapter 2 - Delivery of Services

Chapter 3 - National Customer Service Center (NCSC)

Chapter 4 - InfoPass

Chapter 5 - Privacy and Confidentiality in Customer Service

Chapter 6 - Handling Customer Complaints

Chapter 7 - Assessing Customer Satisfaction and Continuous Service Improvement

Chapter 8 - Service Request Management Tool (SRMT)

Chapter 9 - Web-Based Customer Information

Chapter 10 - Reporting Allegations of Misconduct or Other Inappropriate Behavior

Chapter 11 - Disability Accommodation Requests

Chapter 12 - Requests to Expedite Applications or Petitions

Chapter 13 - Cell Phone Usage in USCIS Offices

Part B - Case Processing

Part C - Biometrics Collection and Security Checks

Part D - Attorneys and Representatives

Part E - Adjudications

Part F - Motions and Appeals

Part G - Notice to Appear

Volume 2 - Nonimmigrants

Part A - Nonimmigrant Policies and Procedures

Part B - Diplomatic and International Organization Personnel (A, G)

Part C - Visitors for Business or Tourism (B)

Part D - Exchange Visitors (J)

Part E - Cultural Visitors (Q)

Part F - Students (F, M)

Part G - Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors (E-1, E-2)

Part H - Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B, E-3)

Part I - Temporary Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Workers (H-2)

Part J - Trainees (H-3)

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - H-3 Categories

Chapter 3 - Trainee Program Requirements

Chapter 4 - Special Education Exchange Visitor Program Requirements

Chapter 5 - Family Members of H-3 Beneficiaries

Chapter 6 - Adjudication

Chapter 7 - Admissions, Extensions of Stay, and Change of Status

Part K - Media Representatives (I)

Part L - Intracompany Transferees (L)

Part M - Individuals of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement (O)

Part N - Athletes and Entertainers (P)

Part O - Religious Workers (R)

Part P - NAFTA Professionals (TN)

Part Q - Nonimmigrants Intending to Adjust Status (K, V)

Volume 3 - Protection & Parole

Part A - Protection and Parole Policies and Procedures

Part B - Victims of Trafficking

Part C - Victims of Crimes

Part D - Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure

Part E - Parolees

Part F - Deferred Action

Part G - Humanitarian Emergencies

Volume 4 - Refugees

Volume 5 - Asylees

Volume 6 - Immigrants

Part A - Immigrant Policies and Procedures

Part B - Family-Based Immigrants

Part C - International Orphans and Adoptees

Part D - Family-Based Immigrants Filing Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Part E - Employment-Based Immigrants

Part F - Entrepreneurs

Part G - Designated and Special Immigrants

Part H - Special Immigrant Juveniles

Part I - Conditional Permanent Residents

Volume 7 - Adjustment of Status

Part A - Adjustment of Status Policies and Procedures

Part B - 245(a) Adjustment

Part C - 245(i) Adjustment

Part D - Family-Based Adjustment

Part E - Employment-Based Adjustment

Part F - Special Immigrant-Based (EB-4) Adjustment

Part G - Diversity Visa Adjustment

Part H - Criminal or Terrorist Informant-Based Adjustment

Part I - VAWA-Based Adjustment

Part J - Trafficking Victim-Based Adjustment

Part K - Crime Victim-Based Adjustment

Part L - Refugee Adjustment

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Eligibility Requirements

Chapter 3 - Admissibility and Waiver Requirements

Chapter 4 - Documentation and Evidence

Chapter 5 - Adjudication Procedures

Chapter 6 - Termination of Status and Notice to Appear Considerations

Part M - Asylee Adjustment

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Eligibility Requirements

Chapter 3 - Admissibility and Waiver Requirements

Chapter 4 - Documentation and Evidence

Chapter 5 - Adjudication Procedures

Chapter 6 - Termination of Status and Notice to Appear Considerations

Part N - Legalization

Part O - Registration

Part P - Special Adjustment Programs

Part Q - Post Adjudication of Adjustment Cases

Part R - Rescission of Lawful Permanent Residence

Part S - Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Residence

Volume 8 - Admissibility

Part A - Admissibility Policies and Procedures

Part B - Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

Chapter 3 - Applicability of Medical Examination and Vaccination Requirement

Chapter 4 - Review of Medical Examination Documentation

Chapter 5 - Review of Overall Findings

Chapter 6 - Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance

Chapter 7 - Physical or Mental Disorder with Associated Harmful Behavior

Chapter 8 - Drug Abuse or Drug Addiction

Chapter 9 - Vaccination Requirement

Chapter 10 - Other Medical Conditions

Chapter 11 - Inadmissibility Determination

Chapter 12 - Waiver Authority

Part C - Civil Surgeon Designation and Revocation

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Application for Civil Surgeon Designation

Chapter 3 - Blanket Civil Surgeon Designation

Chapter 4 - Termination and Revocation

Chapter 5 - Civil Surgeon List

Part D - Criminal and Related Grounds of Inadmissibility

Part E - Terrorism

Part F - National Security

Part G - Public Charge

Part H - Labor Certification and Select Immigrant Qualifications

Part I - Illegal Entrants and Other Immigration Violators

Part J - Fraud and Willful Misrepresentation

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Overview of Fraud and Willful Misrepresentation

Chapter 3 - Adjudicating Inadmissibility

Part K - False Claim to U.S. Citizenship

Part L - Documentation Requirements

Part M - Citizenship Ineligibility

Part N - Aliens Previously Removed

Part O - Aliens Unlawfully Present

Part P - Alien Present After Previous Immigration Violation

Part Q - Practicing Polygamists, International Child Abductors, Unlawful Voters, and Tax Evaders

Volume 9 - Waivers

Part A - Waiver Policies and Procedures

Part B - Extreme Hardship

Part C - Waivers for Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Waiver of Communicable Disease of Public Health Significance

Chapter 3 - Waiver of Immigrant Vaccination Requirement

Chapter 4 - Waiver of Physical or Mental Disorder Accompanied by Harmful Behavior

Chapter 5 - Waiver of Drug Abuse and Addiction

Part D - Waivers for Criminal and Related Grounds of Inadmissibility

Part E - Aliens Subject to Civil Penalty

Part F - Alien Smuggling

Part G - Waivers for Fraud or Willful Misrepresentation

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Adjudication of Fraud and Willful Misrepresentation Waivers

Chapter 3 - Effect of Granting a Waiver

Part H - Unlawful Presence

Part I - Provisional Unlawful Presence

Part J - National Interest

Part K - Family Unity, Humanitarian Purposes, or Public Interest

Part L - Nonimmigrant

Part M - Other Provisions Overcoming Inadmissibility

Part N - Motions and Appeals

Volume 10 - Consent to Reapply

Part A - Consent to Reapply Policies and Procedures

Part B - Adjudications

Part C - Motions and Appeals

Volume 11 - Travel, Employment, & Identity Documents

Part A - Permanent Resident Cards

Part B - Employment Authorization Documentation

Part C - Refugee Travel Documents

Part D - Reentry Permits

Part E - Advance Parole

Part F - Identity Documents

Volume 12 - Citizenship & Naturalization

Part A - Citizenship and Naturalization Policies and Procedures

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Chapter 3 - USCIS Authority to Naturalize

Part B - Naturalization Examination

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Background and Security Checks

Chapter 3 - Naturalization Interview

Chapter 4 - Results of the Naturalization Examination

Chapter 5 - Motion to Reopen

Chapter 6 - USCIS Hearing and Judicial Review

Part C - Accommodations

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Accommodation Policies and Procedures

Chapter 3 - Types of Accommodations

Part D - General Naturalization Requirements

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - LPR Admission for Naturalization

Chapter 3 - Continuous Residence

Chapter 4 - Physical Presence

Chapter 5 - Modifications and Exceptions to Continuous Residence and Physical Presence

Chapter 6 - Jurisdiction, Place of Residence, and Early Filing

Chapter 7 - Attachment to the Constitution

Chapter 8 - Educational Requirements

Chapter 9 - Good Moral Character

Part E - English and Civics Testing and Exceptions

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - English and Civics Testing

Chapter 3 - Medical Disability Exception (Form N-648)

Part F - Good Moral Character

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Adjudicative Factors

Chapter 3 - Evidence and the Record

Chapter 4 - Permanent Bars to GMC

Chapter 5 - Conditional Bars for Acts in Statutory Period

Part G - Spouses of U.S. Citizens

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Marriage and Marital Union for Naturalization

Chapter 3 - Spouses of U.S. Citizens Residing in the United States

Chapter 4 - Spouses of U.S. Citizens Employed Abroad

Chapter 5 - Conditional Permanent Resident Spouses and Naturalization

Part H - Children of U.S. Citizens

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Definition of Child for Citizenship and Naturalization

Chapter 3 - United States Citizens at Birth (INA 301 and 309)

Chapter 4 - Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship after Birth (INA 320)

Chapter 5 - Child Residing Outside of the United States (INA 322)

Chapter 6 - Special Provisions for the Naturalization of Children

Part I - Military Members and their Families

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - One Year of Military Service during Peacetime (INA 328)

Chapter 3 - Military Service during Hostilities (INA 329)

Chapter 4 - Permanent Bars to Naturalization

Chapter 5 - Application and Filing for Service Members (INA 328 and 329)

Chapter 6 - Required Background Checks

Chapter 7 - Revocation of Naturalization

Chapter 8 - Posthumous Citizenship (INA 329A)

Chapter 9 - Spouses, Children, and Surviving Family Benefits

Part J - Oath of Allegiance

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - The Oath of Allegiance

Chapter 3 - Oath of Allegiance Modifications and Waivers

Chapter 4 - General Considerations for All Oath Ceremonies

Chapter 5 - Model Plan for Administrative Naturalization Ceremonies

Chapter 6 - Judicial and Expedited Oath Ceremonies

Part K - Certificates of Citizenship and Naturalization

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Certificate of Citizenship

Chapter 3 - Certificate of Naturalization

Chapter 4 - Replacement of Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization

Chapter 5 - Cancellation of Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization

Part L - Revocation of Naturalization

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 - Grounds for Revocation of Naturalization

Chapter 3 - Effects of Revocation of Naturalization