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 timeframe. 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.

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Current Feedback Opportunities

Policy Manual Update

Related Document Feedback Timeframe Effective Date of Policy
Refugee and Asylee Adjustment of Status Interview Criteria and Guidelines Policy Alert (PDF, 297.67 KB)

September 16, 2021 to September 29, 2021

(Extended to October 18, 2021)

September 16, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Immigration Medical Examination Policy Alert (PDF, 969.45 KB)

September 14, 2021 to September 27, 2021

(Extended to October 14, 2021)

October 1, 2021

How to Submit Feedback

Please email your feedback to USCISPolicyManual@uscis.dhs.gov.  Include the following to make your feedback clear:

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

We will accept feedback on Policy Manual content at any time; however, we encourage stakeholders to submit feedback within the timeframe noted in the table above. We may distribute any feedback we receive (including any personal information and contact information) on our public website or to those who request copies. By providing feedback, you consent to its use and consideration by USCIS, and you acknowledge that your feedback may become public.

Previous Feedback Opportunities
Title of Document Related Documents Timeframe for Providing Feedback Effective Date of Policy
Temporary Extension of Validity Period of Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record (Form I-693) Policy Alert (PDF, 329.89 KB)

August 12, 2021 to August 25, 2021

(Extended to September 13, 2021)

August 12, 2021
Rescinding Guidance on Discretionary Employment Authorization for Parolees Policy Alert (PDF, 301.9 KB)

August 12, 2021 to August 25, 2021

(Extended to September 13, 2021)

August 12, 2021
Assisted Reproductive Technology and In-Wedlock Determinations for Immigration and Citizenship Purposes Policy Alert (PDF, 373.32 KB)

August 5, 2021 to August 18, 2021

(Extended to September 7, 2021)

August 5, 2021
Extension of Blanket Civil Surgeon Designation for Certain Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Applicants Policy Alert (PDF, 305.76 KB)

July 30, 2021 to August 12, 2021

(Extended to August 30, 2021)

July 26, 2021
Immigrant Investors and Investment of Loan Proceeds Policy Alert (PDF, 305.66 KB)

July 22, 2021 to August 4, 2021

(Extended to August 23, 2021)

July 22, 2021
Change of Status to Nonimmigrant Student (F-1) Visa Classification Policy Alert (PDF, 318.8 KB)

July 20, 2021 to August 2, 2021

(Extended to August 20, 2021)

July 20, 2021
Bona Fide Determination Process for Victims of Qualifying Crimes, and Employment Authorization and Deferred Action for Certain Petitioners Policy Alert (PDF, 372.89 KB)

June 14, 2021 to June 25, 2021

(Extended to July 14, 2021)
June 14, 2021
USCIS Expedite Criteria and Circumstances Policy Alert (PDF, 293.62 KB)

June 9, 2021 to June 22, 2021

(Extended to July 9, 2021)

June 9, 2021
Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny Policy Alert (PDF, 319.1 KB)

June 9, 2021 to June 22, 2021

(Extended to July 9, 2021)

June 9, 2021
Employment Authorization for Certain Adjustment Applicants Policy Alert (PDF, 296.76 KB)

June 9, 2021 to June 22, 2021

(Extended to July 9, 2021)

June 9, 2021
Veterans Residing Outside the United States and Naturalization Policy Alert (PDF, 436.87 KB)

May 28, 2021 to June 11, 2021

(Extended to June 28, 2021)

May 28, 2021
Naturalization Eligibility and Voter Registration Through a State’s Benefit Application Process Policy Alert (PDF, 332.67 KB)

May 27, 2021 to June 10, 2021

(Extended to June 28, 2021)

May 27, 2021
Preserving Continuous Residence and Physical Presence for Purposes of Naturalization while Engaged in Religious Duties Outside the United States Policy Alert (PDF, 316.3 KB)

May 25, 2021 to June 8, 2021

(Extended to June 25, 2021)

May 25, 2021
Exemption to the Temporary Need Requirement for Certain H-2B Workers on Guam and in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 Policy Alert (PDF, 321.72 KB)

May 13, 2021 to May 26, 2021

(Extended to June 14, 2021)

May 13, 2021
Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in Requests for Extensions of Petition Validity Policy Alert (PDF, 298.85 KB)

April 27, 2021 to May 10, 2021

(Extended to May 27, 2021)

April 27, 2021
Additional Guidance Relating to P-1A Internationally Recognized Athletes Policy Alert (PDF, 314.77 KB)

March 26, 2021 to April 8, 2021

(Extended to April 26, 2021)

March 26, 2021
Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification and Saravia v. Barr Settlement Policy Alert (PDF, 362.73 KB)

March 18, 2021 to March 31, 2021

(Extended to April 19, 2021)

March 18, 2021
Revising Guidance on Naturalization Civics Educational Requirement Policy Alert (PDF, 320.79 KB)

February 22, 2021 to March 5, 2021

(Extended to March 22, 2021)

March 1, 2021
Applications for Discretionary Employment Authorization Involving Certain Adjustment Applications or Deferred Action Policy Alert (PDF, 292.52 KB)

January 14, 2021 to January 29, 2021

(Extended to February 15, 2021)

January 14, 2021
Refugee and Asylee Adjustment of Status Interview Criteria and Guidelines Policy Alert (PDF, 319.68 KB)

December 15, 2020 to December 30, 2020

(Extended to January 15, 2021)

December 15, 2020
Properly Completed Medical Certification For Disability Exception (N-648) Policy Alert (PDF, 300.08 KB)

December 4, 2020 to December 17, 2020

(Extended to January 4, 2021)

December 4, 2020
Schedule A Designation Policy Alert (PDF, 309 KB)

December 2, 2020 to December 15, 2020

(Extended to January 4, 2021)

December 2, 2020
Prerequisite of Lawful Admission for Permanent Residence under All Applicable Provisions for Purposes of Naturalization Policy Alert (PDF, 329.41 KB)

November 18, 2020 to December 2, 2020

(Extended to December 18, 2020)

November 18, 2020
Use of Discretion for Adjustment of Status Policy Alert (PDF, 295.45 KB)

November 17, 2020 to December 1, 2020

(Extended to December 17, 2020)

November 17, 2020
Job Portability after Filing Application to Adjust Status Policy Alert (PDF, 297.79 KB)

November 17, 2020 to December 1, 2020

(Extended to December 17, 2020)

November 17, 2020
Civics Educational Requirement for Purposes of Naturalization Policy Alert (PDF, 318.72 KB)

November 13, 2020 to November 27, 2020

(Extended to December 14, 2020)

November 13, 2020
Age and “Sought to Acquire” Requirement under Child Status Protection Act Policy Alert (PDF, 234.55 KB)

November 13, 2020 to November 27, 2020

(Extended to December 14, 2020)

November 13, 2020
Nonimmigrant Cultural Visitor (Q) Visa Classification Policy Alert (PDF, 297.67 KB)

October 15, 2020 to October 28, 2020

(Extended to November 16, 2020)

October 15, 2020
Temporary Protected Status and Eligibility for Adjustment of Status under Section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act Policy Alert (PDF, 333.28 KB)

October 6, 2020 to October 20, 2020

(Extended to November 6, 2020)

October 6, 2020
Inadmissibility Based on Membership in a Totalitarian Party Policy Alert (PDF, 297.9 KB)

October 2, 2020 to October 16, 2020

(Extended to November 2, 2020)

October 2, 2020
Residency Requirements for Children of Service Members and Government Employees Residing Outside of the United States for Purposes of Acquisition of Citizenship Policy Alert (PDF, 303.84 KB)

September 18, 2020 to October 1, 2020

(Extended to October 19, 2020)

September 18, 2020
O Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Policy Alert (PDF, 296.54 KB)

September 17, 2020 to September 30, 2020

(Extended to October 19, 2020)

September 17, 2020
Clarifying Procedures for Terminating Asylum Status in Relation to Consideration of an Application for Adjustment of Status Policy Alert (PDF, 302.12 KB)

August 21, 2020 to September 3, 2020

(Extended to September 22, 2020)

August 21, 2020
Clarifying Guidance for Deployment of Capital in Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5) Category Policy Alert (PDF, 314.97 KB)

July 24, 2020 to August 6, 2020

(Extended to August 24, 2020)

July 24, 2020
Applying Discretion in USCIS Adjudications Policy Alert (PDF, 318.92 KB)

July 15, 2020 to July 28, 2020

(Extended to August 14, 2020)

July 15, 2020

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

Policy Alert (PDF, 307.26 KB)

April 24 to May 7

(Extended to May 25, 2020)

April 24, 2020

Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

Policy Alert (PDF, 344.44 KB)

April 7 to April 20

(Extended to May 7, 2020)

April 7, 2020

Submission of Benefit Requests

Policy Alert (PDF, 343.94 KB)

March 5, 2020 to March 18, 2020

(Extended to April 6, 2020)

March 5, 2020

Effect of Breaks in Continuity of Residence on Eligibility for Naturalization

Policy Alert (PDF, 300.08 KB)

February 26, 2020 to March 10, 2020

(Extended to March 26, 2020)

February 26, 2020

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

Policy Alert (PDF, 315.53 KB)

January 31, 2020 to February 13, 2020

February 1, 2020

Biometrics Services Updates

Policy Alert (PDF, 294.28 KB)

January 30, 2020 to February 12, 2020

January 30, 2020

Replacing Permanent Resident Card Policy Alert (PDF, 271.14 KB) January 16, 2020 to January 30, 2020 January 16, 2020

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

Policy Alert (PDF, 330.66 KB)

December 20, 2019 to January 6, 2019

December 20, 2019

Conditional Bar to Good Moral Character for Unlawful Acts Policy Alert (PDF, 290.14 KB) December 13, 2019 to December 27, 2019 December 13, 2019
Implementing the Decisions on Driving Under the Influence Convictions on Good Moral Character Determinations and Post-Sentencing Changes Policy Alert (PDF, 404.24 KB) December 10, 2019 to December 23, 2019 December 10, 2019
Adjustment on New Basis After Termination of Conditional Permanent Residence Policy Alert (PDF, 389.11 KB) November 21, 2019 - December 5, 2019 November 21, 2019
Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification Policy Alert (PDF, 375.22 KB) November 19, 2019 to December 3, 2019 November 19, 2019
Defining "Residence" in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship Policy Alert (PDF, 308.45 KB) August 28 – September 12, 2019 October 29, 2019
Employment Authorization for Parolees Policy Alert (PDF, 305.14 KB) August 19-30, 2019 August 19, 2019
USCIS Public Services Policy Alert (PDF, 220.75 KB) May 10-24, 2019 May 10, 2019
Controlled Substance-Related Activity and Good Moral Character Determinations Policy Alert (PDF, 210.76 KB) April 19, 2019 to May 2, 2019 April 19, 2019
Secure Identity Documents Policies and Procedures Policy Alert (PDF, 344.9 KB) January 16, 2019 to January 30, 2019 January 16, 2019
Sufficiency of Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions (Form N-648) Policy Alert (PDF, 339.8 KB) December 12, 2018 to December 27, 2018 February 12, 2019
Immigrant Investors and Debt Arrangements Policy Alert (PDF, 170.08 KB) October 30, 2018 to November 12, 2018 October 30, 2018
Use of Form G-325A Policy Alert (PDF, 168.81 KB) October 25, 2018 to November 7, 2018 October 25, 2018
Form I-693 Validity Update Policy Alert (PDF, 168.6 KB) October 16 2018 to October 29, 2018 November 1, 2018
Marriage and Living in Marital Union Requirements for Naturalization Policy Alert (PDF, 169.26 KB) October 12, 2018 to October 25, 2018 October 12, 2018
Special Naturalization Provisions for Children Policy Alert (PDF, 108.23 KB) September 26, 2018 to October 9, 2018 September 26, 2018
Geographic Area of a Regional Center Policy Alert (PDF, 173.22 KB) August 24, 2018 to September 9, 2018 August 24, 2018
Child Status Protection Act Policy Alert (PDF, 167.53 KB) May 23, 2018 – June 6, 2018 May 23, 2018
Adjustment of Status Interview Guidelines and Waiver Criteria Policy Alert (PDF, 98.91 KB) May 15, 2018 – May 29, 2018 May 15, 2018
Rescinding Tenant-Occupancy Methodology Policy Alert (PDF, 162.32 KB) May 15, 2018 – May 29, 2018 May 15, 2018
Documentation of Conditional Permanent Resident Status for Investors with a Pending Form I-829 Policy Alert (PDF, 172.14 KB) May 2, 2018 – May 15, 2018 May 2, 2018
INA 309 Written Agreement and Nationality Charts Policy Alert (PDF, 307.92 KB) April 18, 2018 – May 1, 2018 April 18, 2018
Waiver Policies and Procedures Policy Alert (PDF, 167.74 KB) August 23, 2017 – September 7, 2017 August 23, 2017
Biometrics Requirements for Naturalization Policy Alert (PDF, 273.64 KB) July 26, 2017 – August 9, 2017 July 26, 2017
Administrative Naturalization Ceremonies Policy Alert (PDF, 116.64 KB) June 28, 2017 – July 13, 2017 June 28, 2017
Job Creation and Capital At Risk Requirements for Investors Policy Alert (PDF, 244.49 KB) June 14, 2017 – June 28, 2017 June 14, 2017
Registration of Lawful Permanent Resident Status Policy Alert (PDF, 165.43 KB) December 21, 2016 – January 6, 2017 December 21, 2016
False Claim to U.S. Citizenship Ground of Inadmissibility Policy Alert (PDF, 59.72 KB) December 14, 2016 – December 28, 2016 December 14, 2016
Employment-Based Fifth Preference Immigrants: Investors Policy Alert (PDF, 72.82 KB) November 30, 2016 – December 14, 2016 November 30, 2016
Definition of Certain Classes of Medical Conditions and Other Updates Relating to Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility Policy Alert (PDF, 191.38 KB) November 2, 2016 - November 16, 2016 November 2, 2016
Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification and Special Immigrant-Based Adjustment of Status Policy Alert (PDF, 72.9 KB) October 26, 2016 - November 25, 2016 October 26, 2016
Department of Defense Military Accessions Vital to National Interest Program Policy Alert (PDF, 333.64 KB) August 3, 2016 – August 17, 2016 August 3, 2016
Effective Date of Lawful Permanent Residence for Purposes of Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Alert July 27, 2016 – August 10, 2016 July 27, 2016
Removing Obsolete Form I-643 from Filing Requirements for Certain Adjustment Applications Policy Alert (PDF, 325.7 KB) June 22, 2016 - July 7, 2016 June 22, 2016
General Adjustment of Status Policies and Section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act Policy Alert (PDF, 171.82 KB) February 25, 2016 - March 10, 2016 February 25, 2016
Volume 2, Part K: Media Representatives Policy Alert (PDF, 168.73 KB) November 10, 2015 – November 24, 2015 November 10, 2015
Volume 9, Part B: Extreme Hardship (DRAFT) Draft Policy Guidance (PDF, 746.17 KB) October 7, 2015 – November 23, 2015 TBD
Volume 12, Part J: Modified Oath Policy Alert (PDF, 100.51 KB) July 21, 2015 – August 4, 2015 July 21, 2015
Volume 12, Part H: Children of U.S. Citizens (Update) - Assisted Reproductive Technology Policy Alert (PDF, 399.41 KB) October 28, 2014 - November 7, 2014 October 28, 2014
Volume 2, Part J: Trainees (H-3) Policy Alert (PDF, 396.73 KB) September 9, 2014 - September 19, 2014 September 9, 2014
Volume 1, Part A: Customer Service Policy Alert (PDF, 209 KB) August 26, 2014 - September 9, 2014 August 26, 2014


Additional Legal Information

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