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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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Revised Guidance for Processing Asylum Cases (PDF, 71 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) revises the agency hold policy for association or activity involving terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG).
VAWA amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act: Continued Eligibility for Abused Spouses and Children (PDF, 112 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers regarding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA).
Matter of L-S-M-, Adopted Decision 2016-03 (AAO Feb. 23, 2016) (PDF, 117 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) designates the attached decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of L-S-M- as an Adopted Decision.
Revised Guidance for Processing Refugee Cases Involving Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds and Amendment to the Hold Policy for Such Cases (PDF, 157 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) revises the agency hold policy for association or activity involving terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG).
Matter of Z-A-, Inc., Adopted Decision 2016-02 (AAO Apr. 14, 2016) (PDF, 158 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) designates the attached decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of Z-A-, Inc. as an Adopted Decision.
Matter of H-V-P-, Adopted Decision 2016-01 (AAO Feb. 9, 2016) (PDF, 133 KB)
Matter of H-V-P- clarifies that, in addition to primary care physicians, medical specialists who agree to practice in any area designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services as having a shortage of health care professionals may be eligible for the physician national interest waiver.
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 (PDF, 104 KB)
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).
Updated Paper Version of Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative (PDF, 81 KB)
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).
Initial Field Review of Appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office (PDF, 115 KB)
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).
Settlement Agreement in Duran Gonzalez v. Department of Homeland Security (PDF, 140 KB)
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.

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