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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 for USCIS officers.

USCIS will not accept comments submitted through this webpage or the “Feedback” button that are intended for rulemaking actions. Submit your public comments by following the instructions for commenting in the Federal Register publication pertaining to the specific rule on which you would like to comment at regulations.gov instead. Comments received through this page or by clicking the “Feedback” button are not considered public comments for purposes of notice-and-comment rulemaking.

  • There are currently no documents available for comment.

Comment Submission Process
Please email all comments to USCISPolicyManual@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.

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

False Claim to U.S. Citizenship Ground of Inadmissibility and Matter of Zhang

Policy Alert (PDF, 307 KB)

April 24 to May 7

(Extended to May 25, 2020)

April 24, 2020

USCIS Policy Manual

Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

Policy Alert (PDF, 344 KB)

April 7 to April 20

(Extended to May 7, 2020)

April 7, 2020

USCIS Policy Manual

Submission of Benefit Requests

Policy Alert (PDF, 344 KB)

March 5, 2020 to March 18, 2020

(Extended to April 6, 2020)

March 5, 2020

USCIS Policy Manual

Effect of Breaks in Continuity of Residence on Eligibility for Naturalization

Policy Alert (PDF, 300 KB)

February 26, 2020 to March 10, 2020

(Extended to March 26, 2020)

February 26, 2020

USCIS Policy Manual

Accepting Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) Abroad

Policy Alert (PDF, 316 KB)

January 31, 2020 to February 13, 2020

February 1, 2020

USCIS Policy Manual

Biometrics Services Updates

Policy Alert (PDF, 294 KB)

January 30, 2020 to February 12, 2020

January 30, 2020

USCIS Policy Manual Replacing Permanent Resident Card Policy Alert (PDF, 271 KB) January 16, 2020 to January 30, 2020 January 16, 2020

USCIS Policy Manual

Effect of Travel Abroad by Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries with Final Orders of Removal

Policy Alert (PDF, 331 KB)

December 20, 2019 to January 6, 2019

December 20, 2019

USCIS Policy Manual Conditional Bar to Good Moral Character for Unlawful Acts Policy Alert (PDF, 290 KB) December 13, 2019 to December 27, 2019 December 13, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual Implementing the Decisions on Driving Under the Influence Convictions on Good Moral Character Determinations and Post-Sentencing Changes Policy Alert (PDF, 404 KB) December 10, 2019 to December 23, 2019 December 10, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual Adjustment on New Basis After Termination of Conditional Permanent Residence Policy Alert (PDF, 389 KB) November 21, 2019 - December 5, 2019 November 21, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification Policy Alert (PDF, 375 KB) November 19, 2019 to December 3, 2019 November 19, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual Defining "Residence" in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship Policy Alert (PDF, 308 KB) August 28 – September 12, 2019 October 29, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual Employment Authorization for Parolees Policy Alert (PDF, 305 KB) August 19-30, 2019 August 19, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual USCIS Public Services Policy Alert (PDF, 221 KB) May 10-24, 2019 May 10, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual Controlled Substance-Related Activity and Good Moral Character Determinations Policy Alert (PDF, 211 KB) April 19, 2019 to May 2, 2019 April 19, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual Secure Identity Documents Policies and Procedures Policy Alert (PDF) January 16, 2019 to January 30, 2019 January 16, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual Sufficiency of Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions (Form N-648) Policy Alert (PDF) December 12, 2018 to December 27, 2018 February 12, 2019
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
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) 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) 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) 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

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' 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.

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