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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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Adjudication of Petitions and Applications Filed by or on Behalf of Transsexual Individuals Revisons to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Subchapter 21.3 (AFM Update AD09-03) (PDF, 2.30 MB)
Donald Neufeld Acting Associate Lori Scialabba, Associate Director, Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Carlos Iturregui, Chief, Office of Policy and Strategy
Initial Information Concerning the Child Soldiers Accountability Act, Public Law No. 110-340 (PDF, 60 KB)
Lori Scialabba, Associate Director, Refugee, Asylum and International Operations, Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations
Revised Credible Fear Quality Assurance Review Categories and Procedures (PDF, 77 KB)
Joseph E. Langlois, Chief, Asylum Division
Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693 (FILE, 0 KB)
Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director Domestic Operations
Intercountry adoption under the Hague Adoption Convention and the USCIS Hague Adoption Convention rule at 8 CFR 204, 213a and 322 (PDF, 99 KB)
Lori Scialabba, Associate Director Refugee Asylum International Operations, Don Neufeld Acting Associate Director Domestic Operations
Handling of Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker Petitions Affected by the October 1, 2008, Sunset Date (PDF, 105 KB)
Making ABC Registration Determinations, Chaly-Garcia v. U.S., 508 F.3d 1201 (9th Cir. 2007) (PDF, 84 KB)
Joseph E. Langlois, Chief, Asylum
Implementation of Section 691 of Division J of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, and Updated Processing Requirements for Discretionary Exemptions to Terrorist Activity Inadmissibility Grounds (PDF, 1.79 MB)
Michael L. Aytes, Acting Deputy Director, Chief Administrative Appeals, Chief Counsel
Acceptance of an I-600A and I-600 after 4/1/2008 for a child habitually resident in a Hague Adoption Convention country - adoptions and grants of custody obtained before April 1, 2008 (PDF, 68 KB)
Lori Scialabba, Associate Director, Refugee, Asylum & International Operations Directorate, Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations
Applicability of Section 245(k) to Certain Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications filed under Section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 23.5(d) (AFM Update AD06-47) (PDF, 84 KB)
Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations

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