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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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

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Implementation of Clark v. Martinez, 125 S. Ct. 716 (2005) (PDF, 106 KB)
William R. Yates HQOPS
Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) (PDF, 294 KB)
William R. Yates HQOPS
Clarification of Classes of Applicants Eligible for Naturalization under Section 319(a) of the INA, as amended by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA), Pub. L. 106-386 (PDF, 90 KB)
William R. Yates HQOPS
Relief Efforts for Aliens Affected by the December 26, 2004 Tsunami (PDF, 128 KB)
01/10/05 William R. Yates HQOPS
Guidance on the Limitations of Denials Based on Requests for Evidence Standards Not Required by the Statute, Regulations, or Form Instructions (PDF, 162 KB)
Fujie O. Ohata HQOPS
Revised Interview Waiver Criteria for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (PDF, 145 KB)
William R. Yates /s/ Janis Sposato HQOPS
Age-Out Protections Afforded Battered Children Pursuant to The Child Status Protection Act and the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (PDF, 105 KB)
William R. Yates HQOPS
Unlawful Presence Memorandum (PDF, 230 KB)
This memorandum addresses issues relating to the 3- and 10-year bars to admission under section 212(a)(9)(B)(i)(I) and (II) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) and the decision to designate as a period of stay authorized by the Attorney General the entire period during which an alien has been granted deferred action by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
Continued Eligibility to File for Child VAWA Self-Petitioners After Attaining Age 21; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.14 (AFM Update AD07-02) (PDF, 82 KB)
The Jurisdiction of Amended Home Studies and the Application of Home Study Age Restrictions for Prospective Adoptive Child(ren) in Intercountry Adoption Cases (PDF, 346 KB)