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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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Travel After Filing a Request for a Change of Nonimmigrant Status (PDF, 613 KB)
Thomas Cook HQPGM
Parole Decision Authority (PDF, 11 KB)
Michael A. Pearson HQOPS
Implementing of Amendment to the LIFE Act Regarding Applicability of INS section 241(a)(5) (reinstatement) to NACARA 203 Beneficiaries (PDF, 351 KB)
Joseph E. Langlois HQASY
Post-December 21, 2000, Procedures for Aliens Who Have Been Issued Orders of Deportation of Removal and Fall Within the Classes of Aliens Made Eligible for Adjustment Under NACARA Section 202 or HRIFA under LIFE (PDF, 60 KB)
Michael A. Pearson HQOPS
Changes to Section 202 of NACARA, and HRIFA Adjustment of Status under 245(i) LIFE (PDF, 127 KB)
Michael A. Pearson HQOPS
Guidelines for Children's Asylum Claims (PDF, 1.95 MB)
Jeff Weiss HQOIA
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)