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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

June 14, 2006 Clarification of Aging Out Provisions as They Affect Preference Relatives and Immediate Family Members Under The Child Status Protection Act Section 6 and Form I-539 Adjudications for V Status (AFM Update AD 06-21)
Michael Aytes HQOPS
June 06, 2006 Guidance on the Requirement of a "Permanent Offer of Employment" for Outstanding Professors and Researchers - Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.2(c)(2)(B)
Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD06-00)
June 06, 2006 Guidance Regarding Eligibility for Exemption from the H-1B Cap Based on 103 of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) (Public Law 106-313)
Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD 06-27)
May 03, 2006 Disclosure of Certain Information Relating to Criminal Histories of Petitioners to Potential Visa Beneficiaries
Robert C. Divine HQUSCIS Docket # USCIS-2008-0069
May 03, 2006 Legal and Discretionary Analysis for Adjudication
Robert C. Divine HQUSCIS
May 02, 2006 AFM Update: Chapter 31: H-1B Cap Exemption for Aliens Holding a Master's or Higher Degree from a U.S. Institution (AD 06-24)
Michael Aytes HQOPS
April 03, 2006 Amended Guidance Pertaining to Posthumous Immigration Benefits under Section 1703 of Public Law 108-136, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004
Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD05-34)
March 31, 2006 Effect of Perez-Gonzalez v. Ashcroft on adjudication of Form I-212 applications filed by aliens who are subject to reinstated removal orders under INA 241(a)(5)
Michael Aytes HQOPS, Dea Carpenter HQOCC Docket # USCIS-2008-0068
January 30, 2006 Delegation of Authority for I-751, "Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence"
Michael Aytes HQOPS
January 11, 2006 Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693
Michael Aytes HQOPS