Revised Interview Waiver Guidance for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (PDF, 115 KB)
The purpose of this policy memorandum (PM) is to provide guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers on waiving the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. This PM revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) at Chapter 25.1(g) and 25.1(i).
Satisfying the L-1 1-Year Foreign Employment Requirement; Revisions to Chapter 32.3 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) (PDF, 121 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies the requirement that the qualifying organization employ the principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for 1 continuous year out of the 3 years before the time of petition filing (“one-year foreign employment requirement”). This clarification is intended to ensure consistent adjudications of L-1 petitions with respect to the 1-year foreign employment requirement.
Guidance on Determining Suitability of Prospective Adoptive Parents for Intercountry Adoption (PDF, 296 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) amends the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) to provide guidance on issues related to prospective adoptive parent (PAP) suitability that may arise when adjudicating intercountry adoption cases.
Procedural Guidance for Implementing Regulatory Changes Created by Interim Final Rule, Aliens Subject to a Bar on Entry under Certain Presidential Proclamations; Procedures for Protection Claims (PDF, 82 KB)
This memorandum provides USCIS asylum officers with guidance for considering and processing claims of asylum, statutory withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), including in the credible fear context, to conform to the Interim Final Rule (IFR), Aliens Subject to a Bar on Entry under Certain Presidential Proclamations; Procedures for Protection Claims, 83 Fed. Reg. 55,934 (Nov. 9, 2018).
Implementing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 and the Exemption to the Temporary Need Requirement for H-2B Workers on Guam and in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (PDF, 108 KB)
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance regarding the filing and adjudication of H-2B nonimmigrant petitions that fall under section 1045 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and supersedes the February 15, 2018 memorandum (PM-602-0156) that originally implemented section 1049 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018.
Notice to Appear Policy Memorandum
On June 28, 2018, USCIS issued a new Notice to Appear (NTA) policy memorandum (PM) providing guidance on when USCIS may issue Form I-862, Notice to Appear.
Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants (PDF, 129 KB)
This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers and assists USCIS officers in the calculation of unlawful presence of those in student (F nonimmigrant), exchange visitor (J nonimmigrant), or vocational student (M nonimmigrant) status and their dependents while in the United States.
Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(a), Chapter 10.5(b) (PDF, 113 KB)
This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators regarding the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) if initial evidence is not submitted or if the evidence in the record does not establish eligibility.
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-.
Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens (PDF, 140 KB)
This Policy Memorandum (PM) outlines how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Notice to Appear (NTA) and referral policies implement the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) removal priorities, including those identified in Executive Order 13768, and it provides updates to USCIS’ guidelines for referring cases and issuing NTAs. This PM supersedes Policy Memorandum 602-0050, Revised Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Removable Aliens, dated November 7, 2011.

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