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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

January 11, 2006 Alternate definition of "American firm or corporation" for purposes of section 316(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 USC 1427(b), and the standard of proof applicable in most administrative immigration proceedings
Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD06-12)
January 06, 2006 Applications for U Nonimmigrant Status (Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 39)
Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD06-11)
December 27, 2005 Interim Guidance for Processing I-140 Employment-Based Immigrant Petitions and I-485 and H-1B Petitions Affected by the American Competetiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) (Public Law 106-313)
Michael Aytes HQOPS Docket # USCIS-2008-0067
December 15, 2005 Processing Guidelines for E-3 Australian Specialty Occupation Workers and Employment Authorization for E-3 Dependent Spouses
Michael Aytes HQOPS
November 23, 2005 Guidance on Evaluating a Request for the Rescheduling of an Interview and Handling the Failure of an Applicant, a Petitioner, a Sponsor, a Beneficiary, or other Individual to Appear for a Scheduled Interview
Michael Aytes HQOPS (AFM Update AD06-01)
November 01, 2005 Guidance for Processing Pending Form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) when G-325A for Petitioner and Beneficiary is not Signed and/or Photos Not Submitted
William R. Yates HQOPS
October 21, 2005 Procedures for Calculating Maximum Period of Stay Regarding Limitations on Admission for H-1B and L-1 Nonimmigrants
William R. Yates HQOPS
October 05, 2005 Remedial Measures Made Necessary by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Michael Aytes HQOPS
September 19, 2005 Fee Waivers for Hurricane Katrina Victims
William R. Yates HQOPS
September 13, 2005 Naming Conventions; Use of Full Legal Name on All USCIS Issued Documents
William R. Yates HQOPS