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Policy Memoranda

This page provides access to various policy and procedural memoranda, which guides USCIS adjudicators as they process applications and petitions for immigration benefits while still protecting national security. In addition to the USCIS Policy Manual, USCIS policy memoranda contain the official policies of USCIS and assist immigration officers in rendering decisions. These policy memoranda are to be followed by USCIS officers in the performance of their duties but do not remove their discretion in making adjudicatory decisions. The policy memoranda do not create any substantive or procedural rights or benefits that are legally enforceable by any party against the United States, or its agencies or officers or any other person.

Policy memoranda that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and archived in the USCIS History and Library collection. If you have bookmarked links to affected memos, you will now be redirected to the USCIS Policy Manual where you may find current policy.

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This policy memorandum (PM) designates the attached decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of E-A-L-O-, Adopted Decision 2019-04 (AAO Oct. 11, 2019)
This policy memorandum (PM) designates the attached decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of A-O-C-, Adopted Decision 2019-03 (AAO Oct. 11, 2019)
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers for determining whether an applicant is eligible for asylum or refugee status or withholding of removal in light of the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of L-E-A-, 27 I&N Dec. 581 (A.G. 2019).
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in Chapter 23.11(a)(1), (h) and (n) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) relating to adjustment of status under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA).1
This policy memorandum (PM) designates the attached decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of H-G-G- as an Adopted Decision.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to add Chapter 21.3(a)(2)(D)(iv), Interview Guidelines for Form I-130 Spousal Petitions Involving a Minor, and to update Chapter 21.3(a)(2)(I), Interviewing Petitioner and Spouse, to incorporate additional guidance on the adjudication of Form I-130 spousal petitions involving minor(s).
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to revise Chapter 21.3(a)(1)(A), Concurrent Filing of Form I-130 and Form I-485, and add Chapter 21.3(a)(2)(D), Marriage Involving Minor(s). These updates provide guidance for the adjudication of Form I-130 spousal petitions involving minor(s).
This memorandum provides guidance to immigration officers in USCIS regarding the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), including supporting the exercise of prosecutorial discretion by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This memorandum follows the Secretary of Homeland Security’s January 25, 2019, memorandum, Policy Guidance for Implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols.
The purpose of this policy memorandum (PM) is to provide guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers on waiving the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. This PM revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) at Chapter 25.1(g) and 25.1(i).
This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies the requirement that the qualifying organization employ the principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for 1 continuous year out of the 3 years before the time of petition filing (“one-year foreign employment requirement”). This clarification is intended to ensure consistent adjudications of L-1 petitions with respect to the 1-year foreign employment requirement.

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