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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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/policy-manual for current policy.
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The purpose of this policy memorandum (PM) is to provide guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers on waiving the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. This PM revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) at Chapter 25.1(g) and 25.1(i).
This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies the requirement that the qualifying organization employ the principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for 1 continuous year out of the 3 years before the time of petition filing (“one-year foreign employment requirement”). This clarification is intended to ensure consistent adjudications of L-1 petitions with respect to the 1-year foreign employment requirement.
This memorandum provides USCIS asylum officers with guidance for considering and processing claims of asylum, statutory withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), including in the credible fear context, to conform to the Interim Final Rule (IFR), Aliens Subject to a Bar on Entry under Certain Presidential Proclamations; Procedures for Protection Claims, 83 Fed. Reg. 55,934 (Nov. 9, 2018).
This policy memorandum (PM) amends the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) to provide guidance on issues related to prospective adoptive parent (PAP) suitability that may arise when adjudicating intercountry adoption cases.
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance regarding the filing and adjudication of H-2B nonimmigrant petitions that fall under section 1045 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and supersedes the February 15, 2018 memorandum (PM-602-0156) that originally implemented section 1049 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018.
ALERT: On May 3, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued an injunction regarding PM-602-1060 and PM-602-1060.1, policy memoranda titled, “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants,” issued on May 10, 2018, and Aug. 9, 2018, respectively. Due to the nationwide preliminary injunction, USCIS is preliminarily enjoined from applying the policies in these policy memoranda to F, J, and M nonimmigrants. Until further notice, USCIS will apply the prior policy guidance in AFM Chapter 40.9.2, issued on May 6, 2009: Consolidation of Guidance Concerning Unlawful Presence for Purposes of Sections 212(a)(9)(b)(i) and 212(a)(9)(c)(i)(I) of the Act.
This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers and assists USCIS officers in the calculation of unlawful presence of those in student (F nonimmigrant), exchange visitor (J nonimmigrant), or vocational student (M nonimmigrant) status and their dependents while in the United States.
This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators regarding the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) if initial evidence is not submitted or if the evidence in the record does not establish eligibility.
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers for determining whether a petitioner is eligible for asylum or refugee status in light of the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of A-B-. ALERT: On December 19, 2018, in Grace v. Whitaker, No. 18-CV-01853 (EGS), 344 F. Supp. 3d 96 (D.D.C. 2018), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined USCIS from implementing and enforcing certain parts of this PM. A redacted version of the PM reflecting the court’s injunction can be found here. (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2018/2018-06-18-PM-602-0162-USCIS-Memorandum-Matter-of-A-B_Redacted_12-19-201.pdf)
This Policy Memorandum (PM) confirms and clarifies which Notice to Appear (NTA) and referral policies apply: (1) to DACA requestors when processing a DACA request or DACA-related benefit request and (2) to DACA recipients when the Federal Government is seeking to terminate DACA.
The purpose of this policy memorandum (PM) is to provide guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers on waiving the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Remove