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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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Standard Timeframe for Applicants to Respond to Requests for Evidence Issued in Relation to a Request for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, Form I-601A (PDF, 80 KB)
Revised Guidance Concerning Adjudication of Certain I-751 Petitions (PDF, 366 KB)
Operational Guidance for EB-5 Cases Involving Tenant Occupancy (PDF, 80 KB)
Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693 (PDF, 110 KB)
Age-Out Protection for Derivative U Nonimmigrant Status (PDF, 375 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance relating to certain U-3 derivative nonimmigrant petitions that are being held for final adjudication or have had their prior approvals limited in time due to the derivative aging-out. This PM also authorizes the approval of U-3 derivative nonimmigrant petitions for the full eligibility period of four years, allowing the U-3 derivative to remain in U nonimmigrant status past his or her 21st birthday, if necessary. This PM updates the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) by adding Chapter 39.1(f)(4)(v-viii); AFM Update AD11-41.
Exceptions for Permitting the Filing of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, and any associated Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal (PDF, 79 KB)
Jurisdiction of Amended Home Studies and the Application of Home Study Age Restrictions for Prospective Adoptive Child(ren) in Intercountry Adoption Cases (PDF, 89 KB)
Guidance for Determining if an Adoption is Valid for Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Purposes (PDF, 156 KB)
Addressing Upcoming Expiration of Status for Certain Chinese and Guatemalan "Grandfathered" Orphan Adoption Cases (PDF, 70 KB)
Designation of Military Physicians as Civil Surgeons for Members and Veterans of the Armed Forces and Eligible Dependents (PDF, 106 KB)