Policy Manual for Comment
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.
There are no documents currently available for comment.
Previous Feedback Opportunities
|Type of Document
|Title of Document||Related Documents||Opening/Closing
Dates for Comment
|Effective Date of Policy|
|USCIS Policy Manual||Defining "Residence" in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship||Policy Alert (PDF, 646 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|
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.
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.