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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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Public Law 109-477 - Two-Year Extension of Conrad State 30 Program (PDF, 53 KB)
Michael Aytes HQOPS
Interim guidance for adjudicating national interest waiver (NIW) petitions and related adjustment applications for physicians serving in medically underserved areas in light of Schneider v. Chertoff (PDF, 150 KB)
450 F.3d 944 (9th Cir. 2006) ("Schneider decision") Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) (AFM Update AD06-46) Michael Aytes HQOPS
Guidance on Matter of C-A (PDF, 59 KB)
Lynden D. Melmed Chief Counsel
Eligibility of Arriving Aliens in Removal Proceedings to Apply for Adjustment of Status and Jurisdiction to Adjudicate Applications for Adjustment of Status (PDF, 82 KB)
Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 23.2(b) (AFM Update AD06-34)
Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693 (PDF, 71 KB)
Michael Aytes HQOPS
Creating Opportunities for Minor League Professional, Entertainers, and Teams through Legal Entry Act of 2006 (COMPETE Act of 2006) - Admission as P-1 Nonimmigrant (PDF, 54 KB)
Michael Aytes HQOPS
Public Law 109-423 - Reauthorization of H-1C Program under the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act of 2005 (PDF, 44 KB)
Michael Aytes HQOPS
Delegation of Authority to Service Center Directors to Adjudicate Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions; Adjudication of Form N-400, Applications for Naturalization when a Form I-829 is still Pending (PDF, 1.26 MB)
Delegation of Authority to Service Center Directors to Adjudicate Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions; Adjudication of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization when a Form I-829 is Still Pending; AFM Update: Chapter 25.2 (PDF, 323 KB)
Michael Aytes Associate Director, Operations
Guidance on Determining Periods of Admission for Aliens Previously in H-4 or L-2 Status; Aliens Applying for Additional Periods of Admission beyond H-1B Six Year Maximum; and Aliens Who Have Not Exhausted Six-Year Maximum But Who Have Been Absent from US (PDF, 106 KB)
Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 31.2(d), 31.3(g) and 32.6 (AFM Update 06-29)

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