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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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Matter of T-O-S-U-, Adopted Decision 2017-01 PM-602-0140 (PDF, 108 KB)
Matter of T-O-S-U- clarifies that, for purposes of 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(h)(4)(viii)(C) (2016), a “physician of national or international renown” is a doctor of medicine or osteopathy who is widely acclaimed and highly honored in the field of medicine within one or more countries, so long as the achievements leading to national renown are comparable to that which would result in national renown in the United States. The decision also suggests, but does not mandate, what types of evidence may be persuasive in establishing eligibility for this exemption.
Discretionary Options for Designated Spouses, Parents, and Sons and Daughters of Certain Military Personnel, Veterans, and Enlistees (PDF, 143 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies and supplements guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in 2013 (“the 2013 PM”) with respect to designated family members of certain military personnel and veterans.
Extension of Status for T and U Nonimmigrants (Corrected and Reissued) (PDF, 133 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance about extensions of status for T and U nonimmigrants, including any related Forms I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
Matter of R-C-C-S-D-, Adopted Decision 2016-04 (AAO Oct. 24, 2016) (PDF, 351 KB)
Matter of R-C-C-S-D- clarifies that a language immersion school may be eligible for designation as an international cultural exchange program, such that it may petition to classify teachers as Q-1 international cultural exchange visitors.
Revised Guidance for Processing Asylum Cases (PDF, 71 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) revises the agency hold policy for association or activity involving terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG).
VAWA amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act: Continued Eligibility for Abused Spouses and Children (PDF, 112 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers regarding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA).
Matter of L-S-M-, Adopted Decision 2016-03 (AAO Feb. 23, 2016) (PDF, 117 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) designates the attached decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of L-S-M- as an Adopted Decision.
Revised Guidance for Processing Refugee Cases Involving Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds and Amendment to the Hold Policy for Such Cases (PDF, 157 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) revises the agency hold policy for association or activity involving terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG).
Matter of Z-A-, Inc., Adopted Decision 2016-02 (AAO Apr. 14, 2016) (PDF, 158 KB)
Matter of Z-A-, Inc. clarifies that, when determining whether the beneficiary of an L-1A nonimmigrant classification will primarily manage an essential function, USCIS officers must weigh all relevant factors including, as pertinent in the instant case, evidence of the beneficiary's role within the wider qualifying international organization.
Matter of H-V-P-, Adopted Decision 2016-01 (AAO Feb. 9, 2016) (PDF, 133 KB)
Matter of H-V-P- clarifies that, in addition to primary care physicians, medical specialists who agree to practice in any area designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services as having a shortage of health care professionals may be eligible for the physician national interest waiver.