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Policy for Review

USCIS seeks your input on the new or revised USCIS Policy Manual guidance listed below within the specified comment period. In addition, you can submit feedback on the USCIS Policy Manual at any time by clicking the “Feedback” button on the USCIS Policy Manual page.  The USCIS Policy Manual is the agency’s centralized online repository for USCIS’ immigration policies and contains guidance to USCIS Field Offices and Service Centers.

Type of Document
for Comment
Title of Document Related Documents Opening/Closing
Dates for Comment
Effective Date of Policy
USCIS Policy Manual Immigrant Investors and Debt Arrangements Policy Alert (PDF) October 30, 2018 to November 12, 2018 October 30, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual Use of Form G-325A Policy Alert (PDF) October 25, 2018 to November 7, 2018 October 25, 2018

Previous Feedback Opportunities

Type of Document
for Comment
Title of Document Related Documents Opening/Closing
Dates for Comment
Effective Date of Policy
USCIS Policy Manual Form I-693 Validity Update Policy Alert (PDF) October 16 2018 to October 29, 2018 November 1, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual Marriage and Living in Marital Union Requirements for Naturalization Policy Alert (PDF) October 12, 2018 to October 25, 2018 October 12, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual Special Naturalization Provisions for Children Policy Alert (PDF) September 26, 2018 to October 9, 2018 September 26, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual Geographic Area of a Regional Center Policy Alert (PDF) August 24, 2018 to September 9, 2018 August 24, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual Child Status Protection Act Policy Alert (PDF) May 23, 2018 – June 6, 2018 May 23, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual Adjustment of Status Interview Guidelines and Waiver Criteria Policy Alert (PDF) May 15, 2018 – May 29, 2018 May 15, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual Rescinding Tenant-Occupancy Methodology Policy Alert (PDF) May 15, 2018 – May 29, 2018 May 15, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual Documentation of Conditional Permanent Resident Status for Investors with a Pending Form I-829 Policy Alert (PDF) May 2, 2018 – May 15, 2018 May 2, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual INA 309 Written Agreement and Nationality Charts Policy Alert (PDF) April 18, 2018 – May 1, 2018 April 18, 2018
USCIS Policy Manual Waiver Policies and Procedures Policy Alert (PDF) August 23, 2017 – September 7, 2017 August 23, 2017
USCIS Policy Manual Biometrics Requirements for Naturalization Policy Alert (PDF) July 26, 2017 – August 9, 2017 July 26, 2017
USCIS Policy Manual Administrative Naturalization Ceremonies Policy Alert (PDF, 117 KB) June 28, 2017 – July 13, 2017 June 28, 2017
USCIS Policy Manual Job Creation and Capital At Risk Requirements for Investors Policy Alert (PDF, 244 KB) June 14, 2017 – June 28, 2017 June 14, 2017
USCIS Policy Manual Registration of Lawful Permanent Resident Status Policy Alert (PDF) December 21, 2016 – January 6, 2017 December 21, 2016
USCIS Policy Manual False Claim to U.S. Citizenship Ground of Inadmissibility Policy Alert (PDF) December 14, 2016 – December 28, 2016 December 14, 2016
USCIS Policy Manual Employment-Based Fifth Preference Immigrants: Investors Policy Alert (PDF) November 30, 2016 – December 14, 2016 November 30, 2016
USCIS Policy Manual Definition of Certain Classes of Medical Conditions and Other Updates Relating to Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility Policy Alert (PDF, 191 KB) November 2, 2016 - November 16, 2016 November 2, 2016
USCIS Policy Manual Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification and Special Immigrant-Based Adjustment of Status Policy Alert (PDF) October 26, 2016 - November 25, 2016 October 26, 2016
USCIS Policy Manual Department of Defense Military Accessions Vital to National Interest Program Policy Alert (PDF, 334 KB) August 3, 2016 – August 17, 2016 August 3, 2016
USCIS Policy Manual Effective Date of Lawful Permanent Residence for Purposes of Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Alert (PDF, 172 KB) July 27, 2016 – August 10, 2016 July 27, 2016
USCIS Policy Manual Removing Obsolete Form I-643 from Filing Requirements for Certain Adjustment Applications Policy Alert (PDF) June 22, 2016 - July 7, 2016 June 22, 2016
USCIS Policy Manual General Adjustment of Status Policies and Section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act Policy Alert (PDF, 172 KB) February 25, 2016 - March 10, 2016 February 25, 2016
USCIS Policy Manual Volume 2, Part K: Media Representatives Policy Alert (PDF) November 10, 2015 – November 24, 2015 November 10, 2015
USCIS Policy Manual Volume 9, Part B: Extreme Hardship (DRAFT) Draft Policy Guidance (PDF, 746 KB) October 7, 2015 – November 23, 2015 TBD
USCIS Policy Manual Volume 12, Part J: Modified Oath Policy Alert (PDF) July 21, 2015 – August 4, 2015 July 21, 2015
USCIS Policy Manual Volume 12, Part H: Children of U.S. Citizens (Update) - Assisted Reproductive Technology Policy Alert (PDF, 399 KB) October 28, 2014 - November 7, 2014 October 28, 2014
USCIS Policy Manual Volume 2, Part J: Trainees (H-3) Policy Alert (PDF, 397 KB) September 9, 2014 - September 19, 2014 September 9, 2014
USCIS Policy Manual Volume 1, Part A: Customer Service Policy Alert (PDF, 209 KB) August 26, 2014 - September 9, 2014 August 26, 2014

Comment Submission Process
Please email all comments to publicengagementfeedback@uscis.dhs.gov.  Please include the following to make your comments clear:

  • State the title of the relevant volume and section in the subject line of your message;
  • Refer to a specific portion of the document;
  • Explain the reason for any recommended change; and
  • Include data, information, or authority that supports the recommendation.

You must submit your comments before the closing date noted in the table above. USCIS may distribute any comments received (including any personal information and contact information) on its public website or to those who request copies. By providing comments, you consent to their use and consideration by USCIS, and you acknowledge that your comments may become public.

Background and Additional Legal Information

In April 2010, USCIS embarked on an unprecedented and comprehensive initiative to examine the agency’s adjudication and applicant guidance and policies. This policy review effort was completed with participation of the USCIS workforce, federal partners, our applicants and stakeholders, and the general public.

USCIS has now published a new online USCIS Policy Manual which will serve as a centralized resource for all agency policy and operational guidance. The Policy Manual will be published in iterations, with content  being added periodically.  Sections of the USCIS Policy Manual that contain new or revised policy guidance will be posted on the Feedback Opportunities page of uscis.gov with instructions on how to submit comments. The Policy Manual will ultimately replace the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM), agency policy memoranda, and other guidance documents.

As part of the agency’s commitment to achieving transparency and consistency in the implementation of policy, USCIS invites stakeholders to examine and provide feedback on new or updated policies in the Policy Manual.

Policy guidance documents are available for public review on USCIS's website (www.uscis.gov) as part of the USCIS Policy Manual. USCIS will post certain sections that contain new or revised policies for public comment.  USCIS will not post sections containing information that is law enforcement sensitive, confidential or otherwise protected from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. USCIS is not required to solicit public comment on the draft or interim policy memos under the Administrative Procedure Act and therefore cannot guarantee that it will respond to any comments submitted. This informal comment process does not replace any statutory or other legal requirement for public comment on agency action.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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