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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

Clarifying Guidance on "O" Petition Validity Period Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 33.4(e)(2) AFM Update AD10-36 (PDF, 57 KB)
Extension of U Nonimmigrant Status for Derivative Family Members Using the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM), New Chapter 39.1 (g)(2)(i)(AFM Update AD10-08) (PDF, 54 KB)
Clarifying Guidance on Adjudicating Reciprocal Exchange Agreements Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 33.6(d) AFM Update AD10-28 (PDF, 129 KB)
Donald Neufeld, Associate Director, Service Center Operations
Notification of Ramos v. Holder; Former Gang Membership as a Potential Particular Social Group in the Seventh Circuit (PDF, 341 KB)
Joseph E. Langlois, Chief, Asylum Division
Numerical Limitation Exemption for H Nonimmigrants Employed in the CNMI and Guam (PDF, 51 KB)
Donald Neufeld Acting Associate Director, Service Center Operations, Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM), Chapters 31.3 and 31.5
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Adjudications involving New York traffic infractions or New York violations (PDF, 569 KB)
Determining Employer-Employee Relationship for Adjudication of H-1B Petitions, Including Third-Party Site Placements (PDF, 2.18 MB)
Additions to Officer's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 31.3(g)(15)(AFM Update AD 10-24)
Adjudication of EB 5 Regional Center Proposals and Affiliated Form I 526 and Form I 829 Petitions; Adjudicators Field Manual (AFM) Update to Chapters 22.4 and 25.2 (AD09-38) (PDF, 157 KB)
Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations
Requirements for Agents and Sponsors Filing as Petitioners for the O and P Visa Classifications (PDF, 890 KB)
Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations
Public Law 110-293, 42 CFR 34.2(b), and Inadmissibility Due to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection (PDF, 163 KB)
Lori Scialabba, Refugee, Asylum & International Operations Directorate Donald Neufeld, Domestic Operations Pearl Chang, Office of Policy and Strategy