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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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17-Month Extension of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students Enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degree Programs (PDF, 74 KB)
Exception to the Two Year Custody and Two Year Residency Requirement for Abused Adopted Children (PDF, 311 KB)
Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693 (PDF, 108 KB)
Acceptance of Diversity Visa-Related I-485 Applications during the Advanced Notification Period Reflected in the Visa Bulletin (PDF, 319 KB)
Certification of Decisions to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) (PDF, 125 KB)
AAO Precedent and Non-Precedent Decisions PM (PDF, 357 KB)
Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny (PDF, 77 KB)
Ethiopia Pre-Adoption Immigration Review -Filing Form I 600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, on Behalf of a Child Being Adopted in Ethiopia (PDF, 94 KB)
EB-5 Adjudications Policy (PDF, 254 KB)
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, 149 KB)