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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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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.

Approval of a Spousal Immediate Relative Visa Petition under Section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act after the Death of a U.S. Citizen Petitioner

Issue Date: November 30, 2015 The Policy Memorandum (PM) revises chapter 10.21(a), (b), (c)(2) and the last paragraph of (c)(5) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to implement the decision in Williams v. DHS Secretary, 741
November 30, 2015 Approval of a Spousal Immediate Relative Visa Petition under Section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act after the Death of a U.S. Citizen Petitioner
The Policy Memorandum (PM) revises chapter 10.21(a), (b), (c)(2) and the last paragraph of (c)(5) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to implement the decision in Williams v. DHS Secretary, 741 F.3d 1228 (11th Cir. 2014) for all spousal immediate relative visa petitions under section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) after the death of a U.S. citizen petitioner, including petitions filed outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (11th Circuit court).
November 17, 2015 Updated Paper Version of Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative
This policy memorandum (PM) provides current U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidance regarding changes in the paper version of the new Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative (G-28).
November 04, 2015 Initial Field Review of Appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office
This policy memorandum (PM) and accompanying revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) provide guidance to employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the proper processing of appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).
August 26, 2015 Settlement Agreement in Duran Gonzalez v. Department of Homeland Security
Adjudication of Requests for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Motions to Reopen Certain Consent to Reapply and Adjustment of Status Applications Filed in the Ninth Circuit Between August 13, 2004, and November 30, 2007.
August 17, 2015 L-1B Adjudications Policy
This policy memorandum provides guidance on the adjudication of the L-1B classification, which permits multinational companies to transfer employees who possess “specialized knowledge” from their foreign operations to their operations in the United States.
July 29, 2015 Guidance on Evaluating Claims of “Extraordinary Circumstances” for Late Filings When the Applicant Must Have Sought to Acquire Lawful Permanent Residence Within 1 Year of Visa Availability Pursuant to the Child Status Protection Act
An alien seeking classification as a child under sections 203(a)(2)(A) or 203(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), or as a derivative beneficiary under INA 203(a) or 203(b), who is under 21 years of age as determined by the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA
July 21, 2015 USCIS Final Guidance on When to File an Amended or New H-1B Petition After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC
On April 9, 2015, USCIS’ Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued the precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC (Simeio), which held that an H-1B employer must file an amended or new H-1B petition when a new Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers (LCA) is required due to a change in the H-1B worker’s place of employment.
July 05, 2015 Qualifying U.S. Work Experience for Special Immigrant Religious Workers
On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Shalom Pentecostal Church v. Acting Secretary DHS, 783 F.3d 156 (3d Cir. 2015), found the regulatory requirements that qualifying work experience gained in the United States must have been acquired in lawful status (herein “lawful status requirements”) in 8 CFR 204.5(m)(4) and (11) to be beyond the Department’s legal authority (ultra vires).
June 30, 2015 Updated Guidance to USCIS Offices on Handling Certain Family-Based Automatic Conversion and Priority Date Retention Requests Following the Supreme Court Ruling in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio
June 25, 2015 Updated Implementation of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Perez-Olano Settlement Agreement
The purpose of this policy memorandum (PM) is to update the guidance previously provided to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) personnel in PM-602-0034: Implementation of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Perez-Olano Settlement Agreement, in light of the recent agreement entered into between USCIS and the plaintiffs in Perez-Olano v. Holder, No. CV 05-3604 (C.D. Cal.), which took effect on March 27, 2015.

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