Feedback Updates

Whether we asked the question or you asked us, this page is your source for USCIS feedback responses. On this page, you will find:

  • List of memorandum, review periods and results
  • Link to the final policy memorandum

See Immigration Policy and Procedural Memoranda for all published memos

 


Previous Feedback Opportunities

Title

Document Type

Closing Date

Status

Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants (PDF) Policy Memorandum June 11, 2018
  • Review Period: May 10, 2018 - June 11, 2018
  • Number of Comments: 297
  • Status: Policy memorandum published August 9, 2018.
E-1 Employee of Treaty Trader (PDF, 341 KB) Draft RFE Template October 21, 2016
  • Review Period: October 6, 2016 - October 21, 2016
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
E-1 Treaty Trader (PDF, 289 KB) Draft RFE Template October 21, 2016
  • Review Period: October 6, 2016 - October 21, 2016
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
E-2 Employee of Treaty Investor (PDF, 334 KB) Draft RFE Template October 21, 2016
  • Review Period: October 6, 2016 - October 21, 2016
  • Number of Comments: 9
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
E-2 Treaty Investor (PDF, 361 KB) Draft RFE Template October 21, 2016
  • Review Period: October 6, 2016 - October 21, 2016
  • Number of Comments: 6
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Signatures on Paper Applications, Petitions, Requests, and Other Documents Filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (PDF, 1.49 MB) Interim Policy Memorandum July 1, 2016
  • Review Period: June 7, 2016 - July 1, 2016
  • Number of Comments: 8
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker O-1B Extraordinary Ability in the Arts (PDF, 181 KB) Draft RFE Template February 22, 2016
  • Review Period: January 21, 2016 - February 22, 2016
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Comparable Evidence Provision for O Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications (PDF, 143 KB)

Draft Memorandum February 22, 2016
  • Review Period: January 21, 2016 - February 22, 2016
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
The Role and Use of Interpreters (PDF, 1.07 MB) Draft Memorandum January 8, 2016
  • Review Period: November 24, 2015 - January 8, 2016
  • Number of Comments: 20
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Determining Whether a New Job is in “the Same or a Similar Occupational Classification” for Purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability (PDF, 220 KB) Draft Memorandum January 4, 2016
  • Review Period: November 20, 2015 - January 4, 2016
  • Number of Comments: 697
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Guidance on the Job Creation Requirement and Sustainment of the Investment for EB-5 Adjudication of Form I-526 and Form I-829 (PDF, 126 KB) Draft Memorandum September 8, 2015
  • Review Period: August 10, 2015 - September 8, 2015
  • Number of Comments: 16
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
USCIS Draft Policy Memorandum on Requirements for Agents and Sponsors Filing as Petitioners for the O and P Visa Classifications (PDF, 598 KB) Draft Memorandum August 13, 2015
  • Review Period: July 16, 2015 - August 13, 2015
  • Number of Comments: 5
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Guidance on Conducting Form I-604, Determination on Child for Adoption, Orphan Determinations (PDF, 946 KB) Interim
Guidance
July 17, 2015
  • Review Period: June 16, 2015 - July 17, 2015
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
VAWA amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act: Continued Eligibility for Abused Spouses and Children Interim
Guidance
July 3, 2015
  • Review Period: June 19, 2015 - July 3, 2015
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
USCIS Draft Guidance on When to File an Amended H-1B Petition after the Simeio Solutions Decision Draft Memorandum June 26, 2015
  • Review Period: May 26, 2015 - June 26, 2015
  • Number of Comments: 57
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

RFE Template: Form I-140, Petition for Immigrant Worker Ability to Pay (PDF, 492 KB)

 

Draft RFE Template

May 31, 2015
  • Review Period: May 11, 2015 - May 31, 15
  • Number of Comments: 0
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
RFE Template: E13, Multinational Executive and Manager Immigrants (PDF, 192 KB)

Draft RFE Template

January 21, 2015
  • Review Period: January 8, 2015 - January 21, 2015
  • Number of Comments: 0
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
New T Nonimmigrant Derivative Category and T and U Nonimmigrant Adjustment of Status for Applicants from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (PDF, 236 KB) Interim
Guidance
November 13, 2014
  • Review Period: October 30, 2014 - November 13, 2014
  • Number of Comments: 0
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Adjudication of H-1B Petitions for Nursing Occupations (PDF, 221 KB)

Interim  Guidance

August 29, 2014
  • Review Period: August 15, 2014 - August 29, 2014
  • Number of Comments: 0
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Changes to U Nonimmigrant Status and Adjustment of Status Provisions (PDF, 631 KB)

Interim Guidance

August 8, 2014
  • Review Period: June 27, 2014 - August 8, 2014
  • Number of Comments: 0
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Guidance on the Implementation of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 in Intercountry Adoption Adjudications (PDF, 703 KB)
 
Interim Guidance August 13, 2014
  • Review Period: July 2, 2014 - August 13, 2014
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Guidance on Evaluating Claims of “Extraordinary Circumstances” for Late Filings When the Applicant Must Have Sought to Acquire Lawful Permanent Residence Within One Year of Visa Availability Pursuant to the Child Status Protection Act Interim Guidance July 11, 2014
  • Review Period: June 27, 2014 - July 11, 2014
  • Number of Comments: 0
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Criteria for Determining Habitual Residence in the United States for Children from
Hague Convention Countries (PDF, 410 KB)
Interim Guidance January 17, 2014
  • Review Period: January 3, 2014 - January 17, 2014
  • Number of Comments: 4
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Additional Guidance on Determining Periods of Admission for Foreign Nationals Previously Admitted as H-4 Nonimmigrants who are Seeking H-2 or H-3 Status (PDF, 86 KB) Interim
Guidance
December 2, 2013
  • Review Period: November 15, 2013 - December 2, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: Policy memorandum published on November 11, 2013

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, 530 KB)

Interim
Guidance
November 1, 2013
  • Review Period: October 21, 2013 - November 1, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 4
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Exception to the Two Year Custody and Two Year Residency Requirement for Abused Adopted Children  Interim
Guidance
October 2, 2013
  • Review Period: September 19, 2013 - October 2, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 1
    Status: Policy memorandum published on July 14, 2014.
PM-602-0086 - AAO Precedent and Non-Precedent Decisions PM (PDF, 357 KB) Interim Guidance July 17, 2013
  • Review Period: July 3, 2013 - July 17, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
EB-5 Adjudications Policy Memo Draft Memorandum April 1, 2013
  • Review Period:  February 14, 2013 - April 1, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 16
  • Status: Policy memorandum published on May 30, 2013.
Summary of New and Updated Policies in USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 12: Citizenship and Naturalization Interim
Guidance
February 5, 2013
  • Review Period:  January 22, 2013 - February 5, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
RFE Template: I-129 O-1B Arts RFE Template for Comment February 5, 2013
  • Review Period:  January 22, 2013 - February 5, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

 

RFE Template: I-129 O-2 Artist or Athlete RFE Template for Comment February 5, 2013
  • Review Period:  January 22, 2013 - February 5, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
RFE Template: I-129 O-2 in the Motion
Picture or TV Industry
RFE Template for Comment February 5, 2013
  • Review Period:  January 22, 2013 - February 5, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
RFE Template: I-129 O-1B Motion Picture
and Television Production
RFE Template for Comment February 5, 2013
  • Review Period:  January 22, 2013 - February 5, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
RFE Template: I-129 O-1A SEBA RFE Template for Comment February 5, 2013
  • Review Period:  January 22, 2013 - February 5, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Revised Guidance Concerning Adjudication of Certain I-751 Petitions

Interim Memo January 18, 2013
  • Review Period:  January 4, 2013 - January 18, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Eligibility for Employment Authorization upon Approval of a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petition; and, Eligibility for Employment Authorization for Battered Spouses of Certain Nonimmigrants Draft Memorandum January 10, 2013
  • Review Period:  December 12, 2012 - January 10, 2013
  • Number of Comments: 15
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Age-Out Protection for Derivative U Nonimmigrant Status Interim Memorandum January 10, 2013
  • Review Period:  December 12, 2012 - January 10, 2013
  • Number of Comments:  16
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Designation of Military Physicians as Civil Surgeons for Members and Veterans of the Armed Forces and Eligible Dependents

Interim Memorandum October 16, 2012
  • Review Period: October 2 - 16
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: Policy memorandum published September 26, 2012.

The 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)

Interim Memorandum August 21, 2012
  • Review Period: August 8 - 21
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: Policy memorandum published November 5, 2012.

Guidance for Determining if an Adoption is Valid for Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Purposes; Updates to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 21.4, 21.5, 21.6, 21.10 and 71.1; AFM Update AD12-10 (PDF, 156 KB)

Interim Memorandum July 31, 2012
  • Review Period: June 18 - 31
  • Number of Comments: 4
  • Status: Policy memorandum published November 6, 2012.

Addressing Upcoming Expiration of Status for Certain Chinese and Guatemalan "Grandfathered" Orphan Adoption Cases (PDF, 70 KB)

Interim Memorandum July 31, 2012
  • Review Period: June 18 - 31
  • Number of Comments: 4
  • Status:  Policy memorandum published October 2, 2012.
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, at International USCIS Offices (PM-602-0062) (PDF, 79 KB) Interim Memorandum June 13, 2012
  • Review Period:  January 05 - February 3, 2012
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: Policy memorandum published November 30, 2012.
I-129 L-1 Intracompany Transferees: Blanket Petition: L-1A New Office - Extension after the First Year Draft RFE Template May 1, 2012
  • Review Period:  January 05 - February 3, 2012
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Adjudication of Immigration Benefits for Transgender Individuals; Addition of Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Subchapter 10.22 and Revisions to AFM Subchapter 21.3 (AFM Update AD12-02) Interim Memorandum April 27, 2012
  • Review Period:  January 17 - February 14, 2012
  • Number of Comments: 8
  • Status: Policy memorandum published August 10, 2012.

Representation and Appearances and Interview Techniques: Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 12 and 15; AFM Update AD 11-42 (Formaly Role of Private Attorneys) (PDF, 115 KB)

Interim Memorandum February 14, 2012
  • Review Period:  January 17 - February 14, 2012
  • Number of Comments: 18
  • Status: Policy memorandum published May 25, 2012.
I--129 L-1 Intracompany Transferees: Blanket Petition Draft RFE Template February 3, 2012
  • Review Period:  January 05 - February 3, 2012
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
I--129 L-1 Intracompany Transferees: L-1A New Office (First Year) Draft RFE Template February 3, 2012
  • Review Period:  January 05 - February 3, 2012
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
I--129 L-1 Intracompany Transferees: L-1A Manager or Executive Draft RFE Template February 3, 2012
  • Review Period:  January 05 - February 3, 2012
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693; Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Update AD 11-13, Chapter 40.1(c) Validity of Form I-693 (PDF, 54 KB) Interim Memorandum January 31, 2012
  • Review Period:  January 13  - January 30, 2012
  • Number of Comments: 0
  • Status:  Policy memorandum published March 2, 2012.
I-129 L-1 Intracompany Transferees:
Qualifying Relationship/Ownership and Control/Doing Business
Draft RFE Template January 17, 2012
  • Review Period:  December 15, 2011  - January 17, 2012
  • Number of Comments: 4
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
EB-5 Adjudications Policy (Director's Message (included in document) Draft Memorandum December 9, 2011
  • Review Period: November 9 - December 9, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 19
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Appeal of a Denied Form I-140, Immigrant Petition For Alien Worker Amicus Curiae Brief October 18, 2011
  • Review Period: August 18 - October 18, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 7
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing the amicus briefs submitted. USCIS obtained permission to publish five of the submitted briefs.
Transfer of Final Adjudication Authority to the National Benefits Center for Adjustment of Status Cases Filed Pursuant to Section 13 of Public Law 85-316 of 9/11/1957; Revision to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 23.10 (AFM Update AD 11-04) Interim Memorandum August 30, 2011
  • Review Period: August 17 - 30, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Process for Responding to Requests by the Department of State (DOS) to Accept a Locally Filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative; Utilization of Reserved Section of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) – Chapter 21.12; AFM Update AD11-38 (PDF, 61 KB) Interim Memorandum August 24, 2011
  • Review Period: August 10 - 24, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 16
  • Status: Policy memorandum published May 25, 2012.
Change in Standard Timeframes for Applicants or Petitioners to Respond to Requests for Evidence; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(b), Chapter 25.2(e)(3), Chapter 38.1(e)(6), and Appendix 10-9; AFM Update AD11-36 Interim Memorandum July 27, 2011
  • Review Period: July 13 - 27, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 11
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
The Role of USCIS District Directors in the Board of Immigration Appeals
Recognition and Accreditation Process; Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual, New Chapter 12.6, AFM Update AD 11-34
Interim Memorandum June 22, 2011
  • Review Period: June 9 - 22, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 5
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Proposed Changes to USCIS’s Processing of EB-5 Cases Proposal June 17, 2011
  • Review Period: May 19 - June 17, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 51
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Additional Guidance to the Field on Giving Deference to Prior Determinations of H-1B Cap Exemption Based on Affiliation Interim Memorandum May 16, 2011
  • Review Period: May 2 - 16, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 8
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Procedures for Recommending Revocation of a U.S. Passport to the Department of State; Adjudicators Field Manual, Chapter 83 (AFM Update AD 10-46) Interim Memorandum May 5, 2011
  • Review Period: April 22 - May 5, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 5
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.
Supplemental Guidance to USCIS Service Centers on Adam Walsh Act Adjudication - Centralization of Identified Adam Walsh Act Related Petitions at the Vermont Service Center for Adjudication and Review (AFM Update AD11-23) (PDF, 71 KB) Interim Memorandum

April 7, 2011

  • Review Period: March 24 - April 7, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status: Policy memorandum published April 22, 2011.

Delegation of Appellate Jurisdiction with Respect to Certain Forms I-360 Filed by Afghan or Iraqi Nationals; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.3 (AFM Update AD 10-40)  (PDF, 55 KB)

Draft Memorandum March 31, 2011
  • Review Period: March 17 - 31, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 0
  • Status: Policy memorandum published April 13, 2011.

Extension of Status for T and U Nonimmigrants; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 39.1(g)(3) and Chapter 39.2(g)(3) (AFM Update AD11 22) (Final date for comment March 22, 2011) (PDF, 91 KB)

Interim Memorandum

March 22,  2011

  • Review Period: March 8 - 22, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 5
  • Status: Policy memorandum published April 19, 2011.

I-129 P-1A Athletes and Teams

Draft RFE Template

March 11, 2011

  • Review Period: February 25 - March 11, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 5
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

I-129 P-1B Entertainment Groups and Performers

Draft RFE Template

March 11, 2011

  • Review Period: February 25 - March 11, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 6
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

I-129 P-2 Reciprocal Exchange Artists or Entertainers

Draft RFE Template

March 11, 2011

  • Review Period: February 25 - March 11, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 5
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

I-129 P-3 Culturally Unique Artists and Entertainers

Draft RFE Template

March 11, 2011

  • Review Period: February 25 - March 11, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 6
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

I-129 P Essential Support Workers

Draft RFE Template

March 11, 2011

  • Review Period: February 25 - March 11, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 7
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Issuance of Advance Parole Employment Authorization Document; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 54.2(b), 54.3(d)(3), 54.3(e) (h), and 55.3, and addition of Appendices 55-4, 55-5, 55-6, and 55-7 (AFM Update AD07- 27) (PDF, 108 KB)

Interim Memorandum

February 28, 2011

  • Review Period: February 11 - 28, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published April 4, 2011.

Guidance for Coordinating the Adjudication of Applications and Petitions Involving Individuals in Removal Proceedings; Revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) New Chapter 10.3(i): AFM Update AD 11-16 (PDF, 61 KB)

Interim Memorandum

February 22, 2011

  • Review Period: February 8 - 22, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 4
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published April 15, 2011.

Notice to Applicants and Petitioners Concerning the Ability to File Motions to Reopen or Reconsider; Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.7; AFM Update AD11-09

Interim Memorandum

February 14, 2011

  • Review Period: January 31 - February 14, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 8
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Eligibility for Members of the National Guard of the United States to Naturalize under Section 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and Acceptance of NGB Form 22 as Certification of Military Service for National Guard Veterans; Revision to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 72.2(d)(3); AFM Update AD10-42 (PDF, 2.25 MB)

Interim Memorandum

February 10, 2011

  • Review Period: January 27 - February 10, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published April 15, 2011.

Clarification of Grounds of Inadmissibility that do not apply to Applicants for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Circumstances Requiring an Individual Waiver of Inadmissibility; Revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 38.1(e)(1), 40.9.2(a)(8), 40.9.2(b)(1)(F)(iii), 40.9.2(c)(1)(D), and 40.9.2(c)(2)(C); AFM Update AD11-15

Draft Memorandum

February 10, 2011

  • Review Period: January 27 - February 10, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 2
  • Status:  Policy memorandum published March 2, 2012.

Adjudication of Adjustment of Status Applications from Aliens Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) on or after November 28, 2009. Addition of Chapter 36.3 to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM); AFM Update AD10-19 (PDF, 76 KB)

Interim Memorandum

January 31, 2011

  • Review Period: January 14 - 31, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published August 9, 2011.

Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693; Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Update AD11-13, Chapter 40.1(c) Validity of Form I-693

Interim Memorandum

January 31, 2011

  • Review Period: January 14 - 31, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 0
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing the memorandum and will issue final guidance upon completion.

Clarifying Guidance on Definition of “Internationally Recognized” for the P-1 Classification; Revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 33.5(a) AFM Update AD 11-03

Draft Memorandum

January 31, 2011

  • Review Period: January  14 - 31, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published on November 7, 2011.

Requests to Expedite Adjudication of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by individuals outside the United States; Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Update AD 11-10 (PDF, 108 KB)

Draft Memorandum

January 28, 2011

  • Review Period: January 13 - 28, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 7
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published May 9, 2011.

Instructions for Handling Regressed Visa Number (Employment-Based and Family-Based) Adjustment of Status Cases Interviewed at USCIS Field Offices; Revision to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 20.1 (e) (AFM Update AD 11-02)

Interim Memorandum

January 26, 2011

  • Review Period: January 11 - 21, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 5
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Eligibility to Self-Petition as a Battered or Abused Parent of a U.S. Citizen; Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.15, Update AD 06-32 (PDF, 79 KB)

Draft Memorandum

January 24, 2011

  • Review Period: January 7  - 24, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 8
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published August 31, 2011.

Revised Guidance for Determining the Sufficiency of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions

Interim Memorandum

January 21, 2011

  • Review Period: December 22, 2010 - January 21, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 7
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Adjudication of EB-5 Regional Center Proposals and Affiliated Form I-526 and Form I-829 Petitions; Adjudicators Field Manual (AFM) Update to Chapters 22.4 and 25.2 (AD09-38)

Current Memorandum

January 21, 2011

  • Review Period: December 10, 2010 - January 21, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 19
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Model Plan for Administrative Naturalization Ceremonies; Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Update AD 10-53 (PDF, 468 KB)

Interim Memorandum

January 20, 2011

  • Review Period: December 20, 2010 - January 20, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 8
  • Status: Policy memorandum published September 20, 2011.

Implementation of the Help HAITI Act of 2010 (PDF, 55 KB)

Interim Memorandum

January 14, 2011

  • Review Period: December 30, 2010 - January 14, 2011
  • Number of Comments: 4
  • Status: Policy memorandum published April 4, 2011.
Fee Waiver Guidelines as Established by the Final Rule of the USCIS Fee Schedule; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.9 (AFM Update AD11-05) (PDF, 78 KB)

Interim Memorandum

December 7, 2010

  • Review Period: November 22 - December 7, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 9
  • Status: Policy memorandum published March 24, 2011.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns the Permanent Injunction Issued by the District in Ruiz-Diaz v. United States, No. 09-35734 (9th Cir. Aug 20, 2010); Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.3 (b)(1), AFM Update AD11-01 (PDF, 59 KB)

Interim Memorandum

November 30, 2010

  • Review Period: November 15 - 30, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 5
  • Status: Policy memorandum published January 6, 2011.

Waivers of Inadmissibility and Grants of Status for Certain Aliens Seeking Nonimmigrant Status in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Addition to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 36.4 AFM Update AD10-12 (PDF, 61 KB)

Draft Memorandum

November 4, 2010

  • Review Period: October 21 - November 4, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: Policy memorandum published December 14, 2010.

Implementation of Provisions of Public Law 111-230 Instituting Increased Fees for Certain H-1B and L-1 Petitions and Applications (AFM Update AD10-48) (PDF, 96 KB)

Interim Memorandum

October 22, 2010

  • Review Period: October 7 - 22, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: Policy memorandum published January 26, 2011.

Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.3 (AFM Update AD10-04): Special Immigrant Visas under Section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009

Interim Memorandum

October 4, 2010

  • Review Period: September 20 - October 4, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Validity of Puerto Rico Birth Certificates as Evidence (AFM Update AD10-43)

Interim Memorandum

October 4, 2010

  • Review Period: September 20 - October 4, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 1
  • Status: USCIS is currently reviewing your comments and will consider them before issuing final guidance.

Revocation of VAWA-Based Self-Petitions (Forms I-360) (AFM Update AD10-49) (PDF, 63 KB)

Final Memorandum

October 4, 2010

  • Review Period: September 20 - October 4, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 10
  • Status: Policy memorandum published December 15, 2010.

Request for Evidence - I-140 E11 Alien of Extraordinary Ability

Revised RFE Template

May 3, 2011

  • Review Period: September 1 - 23, 2010
  • Number of Comments: N/A
  • Status: The final RFE template was posted for viewing from May 4, 2011 to May 17, 2011. If you feel you have received a version of an RFE that is grossly inconsistent with the RFE template that was posted, you may e-mail scopsrfe@dhs.gov to inform USCIS. USCIS will look into the inconsistency, but will not respond to your inquiry.

Nepal Initiative - Filing Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, to adopt a child in Nepal (AFM Update AD10-47) (PDF, 53 KB)

Interim Memorandum

September 13, 2010

  • Review Period: August 27 - September 13, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: Policy memorandum published April 13, 2011.

 

Evaluation of Evidence Submitted with Certain Form I-140 Petitions Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.2, AFM Update AD11-14 (PDF, 138 KB)

Final Memorandum

September 3, 2010

  • Review Period: August 20 - September 3, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 16
  • Status: Policy memorandum published December 22, 2010.

I-129 Q-1Cultural Exchange Visitors

Draft RFE Template

August 17, 2010

  • Review Period: August 3 - August 17, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 6
  • Status: The final RFE template was posted for viewing from December 10, 2010 to December 23, 2010. If you feel you have received a version of a Q Nonimmigrant RFE that is grossly inconsistent with the Q RFE template that was posted, you may e-mail scopsrfe@dhs.gov to inform USCIS. USCIS will look into the inconsistency, but will not respond to your inquiry.

Continued Eligibility to File for Child VAWA Self-Petitioners After Attaining Age 21; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.14 (AFM Update AD07-02) (PDF, 58 KB)

Draft Memorandum

June 24, 2010

  • Review Period: June 15 - June 24, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 5
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published September 7, 2011.

Guidance on Uniform Denial Language Pertaining to Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.7(b) (AFM Update AD-10-25) (PDF, 51 KB)

Draft Memorandum

June 21, 2010

  • Review Period: June 7 - 21, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 7
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published August 26, 2010.

Approval of Petitions and Applications after the Death of the Qualifying Relative; New INA Section 204(I) updates the AFM with New Chapter 20.6 and an Amendment to Chapter 21.2(h)(1)(C) (PDF, 102 KB)

Draft Memorandum

June 1, 2010

  • Review Period: May 17- June 1, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 19
  • Status: Policy Memorandum published December 26, 2010.

Extension of U Nonimmigrant Status for Derivative Family Members Using the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM), New Chapter 39.1 (g)(2)(i)(AFM Update AD10-08) (PDF, 54 KB)

Draft Memorandum

June 1, 2010

  • Review Period: May 17- June 1, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 3
  • Status: Policy memorandum published June 22, 2010.

William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008: Changes to T and U Nonimmigrant Status and Adjustment of Status Provisions; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 23.5 and 39 (AFM Update AD10-38) (PDF, 94 KB)

Draft Memorandum

June 1, 2010

  • Review Period: May 17- June 1, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 6
  • Status: Policy memorandum published July 21, 2010.

Clarifying Guidance "O" petition Validity Period Revisions to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM)Chapter 33.4 (e)(2) AFM Update AD10-36 (PDF, 57 KB)

Draft Memorandum

May 24, 2010

  • Review Period: May 10-24, 2010
  • Number of Comments: 81
  • Status: Policy memorandum published July 20, 2010.

 

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