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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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 www.uscis.gov/policymanual for current policy.

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Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For the Receipt of Military-Type Training Under Duress (PDF, 2.10 MB)
Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For the Solicitation of Funds or Members under Duress (PDF, 1.87 MB)
Issuance of Advance Parole Employment Authorization Document; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 54.2(b), 54.3(d)(3), 54.3(e) (h), and 55.3, and addition of Appendices 55-4, 55-5, 55-6, and 55-7 (AFM Update AD07- 27) (PDF, 830 KB)
Notice to Applicants and Petitioners Concerning Ability to File Motions to Reopen or Reconsider; Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.7; AFM Update AD11-09 (PDF, 327 KB)
Temporary Protected Status Adjudications Involving "No Jail" or "No Incarceration" Certifications, and Reminders for Cases Involving Certain Potential Misdemeanors (PDF, 44 KB)
Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 38.1 (e) (12) AFM Update AD11-21
Implementation of Provisions of Public Law 111-230 Instituting Increased Fees for Certain H-1B and L-1 Petitions and Applications (PDF, 96 KB)
Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 31.1(b), 31.3(h), 32.3(a), and 32.4(a); AFM Update AD11-19
Adjudication of Adjustment of Status Applications from Aliens Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) on or after November 28, 2009. Addition of Chapter 36.3 to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM); AFM Update AD10-19 (PDF, 281 KB)
Instructions for Handling Regressed Visa Number (Employment-Based and Family-Based) Adjustment of Status Cases Interviewed at USCIS Field Offices; Revision to <i>Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) </i>Chapter 20.1 (e) (<i>AFM</i> Update AD 11-02) (PDF, 415 KB)
Approval of Petitions and Applications after the Death of the Qualifying Relative under New Section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act; (PDF, 102 KB)
Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM): New Chapter 10.21 and an Amendment to Chapter 21.2(h)(1)(C) (AFM Update AD-10-51)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns the Permanent Injunction Issued by the District Court in Ruiz Diaz v. United States, No. 09 35734 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2010) (PDF, 59 KB)
Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.3(b)(1), AFM Update AD11-01

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