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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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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
Implementation of the Help HAITI Act of 2010 (PDF, 87 KB)
Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Activities and Associations Relating to the All Burma Students' Democratic Front (ABSDF) Memo (PDF, 65 KB)
Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Material Support to the All India Sikh Students Federation-Bittu Faction (AISSF-Bittu) Memo (PDF, 61 KB)
Evaluation of Evidence Submitted with Certain Form I-140 Petitions (PDF, 138 KB)
Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.2, AFM Update AD11-14
Model Plan for Administrative Naturalization Ceremonies; Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Update AD 10-53 (PDF, 315 KB)
Revocation of VAWA-Based Self-Petitions (Forms I-360) (PDF, 63 KB)
AFM Update AD10-49
Waivers of Inadmissibility and Grants of Status for Certain Aliens Seeking Nonimmigrant Status in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); Addition to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 36.4 (PDF, 61 KB)
Fee Waiver Guidelines as Established by the Final Rule of the USCIS Fee Schedule; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.9 (AFM Update AD11-05) (PDF, 111 KB)
Implementation of Provisions of Public Law 111-230 Instituting Increased Fees for Certain H-1B and L-1 Petitions and Applications (AFM Update AD10-48) (PDF, 146 KB)

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