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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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New T Nonimmigrant Derivative Category and T and U Nonimmigrant Adjustment of Status for Applicants from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (PDF, 126 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance on legislation affecting the T nonimmigrant status program and related T and U nonimmigrant adjustment of status applications. This PM revises Chapters 23.5 and 39.2 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM); AFM Update AD14-05.
Updated Processing Requirements for Discretionary Exemptions to Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds for Activities and Associations Relating to the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PDF, 6.51 MB)
This Policy Memorandum (PM) explains the relevant changes in the law and modifies existing instructions for USCIS adjudicators for processing of benefit applications where an applicant is found to have activities or associations with the KDP and PUK
Adjudication of H-1B Petitions for Nursing Occupations (PDF, 221 KB)
Policy Memorandum: Implementation of the Settlement Agreement in Duran Gonzalez v. Department of Homeland Security (PDF, 209 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) ensures the consistent implementation of the Settlement Agreement based on Duran Gonzalez, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security, et al., and amends all earlier memoranda on this subject, including the May 19, 2009, memorandum.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Application for T Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-914, Application for Immediate Family Member of T-1 Recipient, Supplement A, Declaration of Law Enforcement Officer for Victim of Trafficking in Persons, Supplement B; (PDF, 197 KB)
Field Guidance Pertaining to Applicants for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers (PDF, 77 KB)
Guidance to USCIS Offices on Handling Certain Family-Based Automatic Conversion and Priority Date Retention Requests Pending a Supreme Court Ruling on Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio (PDF, 104 KB)
Precedent and Non-Precedent Decisions of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) (PDF, 99 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) and accompanying revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) guide U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers on the distinction between and proper use of precedent and non-precedent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decisions.
Parole of Spouses, Children and Parents of Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Effect of Parole on Inadmissibility under Immigration and Nationality Act (PDF, 127 KB)
Parole of Spouses, Children and Parents of Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, and Former Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve and the Effect of Parole on Inadmissibility under Immigration and Nationality Act
Adjudication of Adjustment of Status Applications for Individuals Admitted to the United States Under the Visa Waiver Program (PDF, 102 KB)
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