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ATTENTION: Policy memos that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and republished.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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Guidance for Processing Reasonable Fear, Credible Fear, Asylum, and Refugee Claims in Accordance with Matter of A-B (PDF, 133 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers for determining whether a petitioner is eligible for asylum or refugee status in light of the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of A-B-. ALERT: On December 19, 2018, in Grace v. Whitaker, No. 18-CV-01853 (EGS), 344 F. Supp. 3d 96 (D.D.C. 2018), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined USCIS from implementing and enforcing certain parts of this PM. A redacted version of the PM reflecting the court’s injunction can be found here. (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2018/2018-06-18-PM-602-0162-USCIS-Memorandum-Matter-of-A-B_Redacted_12-19-201.pdf)