Adopted AAO Decisions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) occasionally “adopts” an Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) non-precedent decision to provide policy guidance for USCIS personnel.

An adopted AAO decision is identified by a unique citation format as well as by a USCIS cover memorandum announcing its designation as an adopted decision.

Current adopted AAO decisions are listed below.

Previous adopted decisions, now superseded by USCIS policy or by designation of the adopted decision as a precedent decision, are listed below:

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