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Update number and Date   Chapter(s) / Appendice(s) Affected   Topic(s)  
AFM PA-2019-01
(2/15/2019)
Chapter 21.3(a)(1)(A), (a)(2) This AFM update clarifies USCIS policy concerning the adjudication of I-130 spousal petitions involving minor(s).
PM-602-0168
(11/30/2018)
Chapter 25.1(g) and 25.1(i) Revises interview waiver guidance for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.
PM-602-0167
(11/15/2018)
Chapter 32.3(b) This memorandum amends AFM Chapter 32.3(b) to clarify the requirement that the qualifying organization employ the principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for 1 continuous year out of the 3 years before the time of petition filing (“one-year foreign employment requirement”).
PM-602-1060.1
(8/9/2018)
Chapter 40.9.2(b)(1)(E), (3)(D) This PM revises PM-602-1060 which was issued on May 10, 2018. It updates USCIS policy concerning the accrual of unlawful presence by F, J, or M nonimmigrants and their dependents who fail to maintain their nonimmigrant status while in the United States.
PM-602-0163
(7/13/2018)
Chapter 10.5(a); and Chapter 10.5(b) Amends standards for issuance of certain requests for evidence and notices of intent to deny.
PM-602-0106.1
(4/17/2018)
Chapter 21.9(c) Articulates USCIS policy on acceptance of DNA evidence in support of sibling relationships.
PM-602-0155
(12/29/2017)
Chapter 32.3(d) This PM instructs officers that proxy votes must be irrevocable from the time of filing the L-1 petition through adjudication to establish a qualifying relationship.
PM-602-0154
(11/21/2017)
Chapter 23.11(b)(1) This PM rescinds Matter of Vasquez as an adopted decision.
PM-602-0095
(11/20/2017)
Chapter 21.4(d)(5)(G) This PM provides final guidance on determining whether an adoptive child from another Hague Adoption Convention Country may be considered habitually resident in the United States.
PM-602-0152
PM-602-0149
(11/11/2017)
Chapter 20.3
Chapter 22.2
This PM adopts and provides guidance on the implementation of the Administrative Appeals Office's (AAO) adopted decision in Matter of V-S-G- Inc.
PM-602-0125.1
(1/17/2017)
Chapter 15.7 This PM provides guidance regarding the role and use of interpreters in certain interviews conducted in USCIS domestic field offices.
PM-602-0114
(11/23/2016)
Chapter 21.1 This PM amends AFM Chapter 21.1(c) to address discretionary options for designated spouses, parents, and sons and daughters of certain military personnel, veterans, and enlistees.
AD13-04
(7/29/2016)
Chapter 23.11 Provides guidance on the VAWA amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act for abused spouses and children.
AD16-01
03/10/2016
Chapter 30.13 Provides guidance on eligibility for employment authorization for battered spouses of certain nonimmigrants as provided by INA section 106. These provisions were added by VAWA 2005.
AD15-02
(?/?/2015)
Chapter 10.21(a), (b), (c)(2) and the last paragraph of (c)(5) This Policy Memorandum (PM) revises chapter 10.21(a), (b), (c)(2) and the last paragraph of (c)(5) of the Adjudicators Field Manual (AFM) to implement the decision in Williams v. DHS Secretary, 741 F.3d 1228 (11th Cir. 2014) for all spousal immediate relative visa petition cases under section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) after the death of a U.S. citizen petitioner.
AD
(8/17/2015)
Chapter 32.6(e) This memorandum replaces chapter 32.6(e) with revised chapters 32.6(e) to provide clarifying guidance for adjudicating L-1B specialized knowledge visa petitions.
AD
(7/5/2015)
Chapter 22.3(b)M This PM removes lawful status requirement for qualifying U.S. work experience
AD15-01
(6/25/2015)
Chapter 21.2(e)(6)(A), (B), (E), and (F) (CSPA) cases impacted by the Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio litigation. Officers are instructed to adjudicate affected cases without further delay.
AD14-06 (6/9/2015) Chapter 21.5(d)
Chapter 21.5(e)(4)
To provide guidance on Form I-604, Determination of Child for Adoption, or Orphan Determinations, related to Form I-600 adjudications
AD13-04
(6/19/2015)
Chapters 23.11(a), (e), (g)-(k), and (m) This PM provides guidance on the VAWA amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act for abused spouses and children.
AD13-06
(4/15/2015)
Chapter 39.1(a)(9); 39.1(f)(4) This PM adds guidance on the changes to the U nonimmigrant program created by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.
AD14-05
(4/15/2015)
Chapter 23.5(n), (o); 39.2(f)(1)(A) This PM adds guidance on the changes to the T and U nonimmigrant programs created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013.
AD14-02
(10/17/2014)
Chapter 21.9(c) This PM articulates USCIS policy on acceptance of DNA evidence in support of sibling relationships.
AD14-08
(8/11/2014)
Chapter 10.1(a)(2) This PM provides revised guidance on non-payment of filing fees.
AD13-15
(7/14/2014)
Chapters 21.14 This PM provides guidance on the amended definition of adopted child for abused children as provided by VAWA 2005.
AD14-06 (6/30/2014) Chapter 21.5(b)(4), Chapter 21.5(d), and Chapter 21.5(e) To provide guidance on the implementation of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 and the statutory change to section 101(b)(1)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
AD13-11
(11/23/2013)
Chapter 21.4 This PM provides guidance on habitual residence for children adopted from Hague Convention Countries, physically present in the United States.
AD13-10
(11/21/2013)
Chapter 21.2(e)(6) This PM provides guidance for properly assigning priority dates in those instances where a petitioner requests that the priority date from a separate, previously filed petition, be applied to a later filed F2B petition, pursuant to the CSPA.
AD12-30
(11/15/2013)
Chapters 21.1(c) and 40.6 This PM adds new Chapter 21.1(c) and amends Chapter 40.6.2(a) of the AFM.
AD11-30
(11/14/2013)
Chapters 10.3(j); 23.5(p),(q) This PM adds guidance regarding the adjudication of adjustment of status applications for immediate relatives who were last admitted under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). It also adds cross reference to chapter 10.3(j).
AD13-03
(5/31/2013)
Chapter21.5(d) Provides guidance on adjudication of Form I-600 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries from, and physically located in, Ethiopia.
AD12-01
(5/1/2013)
Chapters 10.4, 10.14 This PM clarifies the requirements governing the transfer of cases and directed decisions.
AD12-12
(3/1/2013)
Appendix 10-9 This PM amends Appendix 10-9 of the AFM.
AD13-02
(2/14/2013)
Chapter 21.5 This PM provides guidance on adjudication of Form I-600 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries from, and physically located in, Taiwan.
AD12-10
(11/6/2012)
Chapter 21.4, Chapter 21.5, Chapter 21.6, Chapter 21.10, Chapter 21.16, and Chapter 71.1 Provides guidance on providing age-out protection for derivative petitioners for U nonimmigrant status, including those petitioners who aged-out while the derivative petition was pending or whose U nonimmigrant status expired upon turning 21 years of age.
AD11-41
(10/24/2012)
Chapter 39.1(f)(4)(v)-(viii) This PM provides guidance on providing age-out protection for derivative petitioners for U nonimmigrant status, including those petitioners who aged-out while the derivative petition was pending or whose U nonimmigrant status expired upon turning 21 years of age.
AD12-02
(8/10/2012)
Chapter 10.22
Chapter 21.3
Provides guidance on the adjudication of applications and petitions for immigration benefits filed by or in behalf of transgendered individuals.
AD12-09
(06/06/2012)
Chapter 41.7;
Appendix 41-5;
Adds guidance on consideration of requests for expeditious adjudication of Forms I 601 filed by individuals who are located outside of the United States.
AD11-42
(05/23/2012)
Chapter 12;
Appendix 12-1;
Chapter 15.1(a);
Chapter 15.1(b)(2);
Chapter 15.2;
Chapter 15.3; and
Chapter 15.4.
This PM amends the AFM to include a revised Chapter 12, Private Attorneys and Other Representatives; new Appendix 12-1, Sample Affidavits; and revisions to Chapter 15.1(a), Chapter 15.1(b)(2), Chapter 15.2, Chapter 15.3, and Chapter 15.4.
AD11-41
(10/24/2012)
Chapter 39.1(f)(4)(v) - (viii) Provides guidance on providing age-out protection for derivative petitioners for U nonimmigrant status, including those petitioners who aged-out while the derivative petition was pending or whose U nonimmigrant status expired upon turning 21 years of age.
AD11-38
(05/14/2012)
Chapter 21.12 Establishes process for responding to requests by DOS to accept a locally filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
AD10-33
(04/04/2012)
Chapter 10.3; addition of
Appendices 10-14; 10-15; and 10-16.
For Official Use Only: Explains the use of the Secondary Inspections Tool (SIT) within the US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) system.
AD12-03
(03/08/2012)
Chapter 34.5(m) Provides instruction to Immigration Service Officers adjudicating R-1 nonimmigrant petitions for aliens coming to the United States temporarily to perform religious work, and their dependents.
AD11-15 update
(03/02/2012)
Chapter 38.1(e)(1);
Chapter 40.9.2(a)(8);
Chapter 40.9.2(b)(1)(F)(iii);
Chapter 40.9.2(c)(1)(D); and
Chapter 40.9.2(c)(2)(C)
Clarifies that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants cannot be denied status for grounds of inadmissibility.
AD11-03
(12/31/2011)
Chapter 33.5 Defines term "Internationally Recognized"
AD11-13
(12/29/2011)
Chapter 40.1(c) Extension of validity of medical certifications on Form I-693.
AD11-18
(10/04/2011)
Chapter 10.1 Guidance on adjudication and processing of Form I-765, specifically for the benefit of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).
AD07-02
(09/06/2011)
Chapter 21.14 Establishes conditions of continued eligibility to file for child VAWA self-petitioners after attaining 21 years of age.
AD06-32
(08/30/2011)
Chapter 21.15 Provides guidance on the rights of battered or abused parents of U.S. citizens, as well as on work authorization for approved VAWA self-petitioners.
AD11-27
(08/17/2011)
Chapter 30.2
Chapter 30.3
Ensures that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is consistent in processing Form I-539 applications for changes to and extensions of B-2 status for cohabitating nonimmigrant partners and other household members of principal nonimmigrants.
AD11-04
(08/05/2011)
Chapter 23.10 Transfers final adjudication authority to the Director of the National Benefits Center (NBC) for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
AD11-36 (7/7/2011) Chapter 10.5(b)(2) and (3);
Chapter 25.2(e)(3);
Chapter 38.1(e)(6); and
Appendix 10-9
Amends standard timeframes for applicants and petitioners to respond to requests for evidence, limits the discretion to reduce the response time from the standard timeframe, and clarifies when additional time is given in response to a request served by mail.
AD 11-34 (PM-602-0039, 06-07-2011) Chapter 12.6,
Appendix 12-1,
Appendix 12-2,
Appendix 12-3, and
Appendix 12-4
Clarifies the role and responsibilities of USCIS District Directors related to the recognition and accreditation process administered by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Department of Justice.
AD11-23
(03-22-2011)
Chapter 21.2(f)(3)(F) Provides guidance on the centralization of VAWA petition casework at the Vermont Service Center.
AD 11-10 (5-9-2011) Chapter 41.7
Appendix 41-5
Adds guidance on consideration of requests for expeditious adjudication of Forms I-601 filed overseas
AD 11-09
(01-26-2011)
Chapter 10.7(b)(5),
Chapter 20.3(b)(2),
Chapter 21.2(f)(3)(E),
Chapter 21.2(g)(2),
Chapter 21.2(h)(2)(F),
Chapter 21.3(b)(6)(B),
Chapter 21.4(f)(A),
Chapter 21.5(e)(2),
Chapter 21.5(e)(3),
Chapter 21.7(d)(7)(A),
Chapter 21.8(c)(4)(B),
Chapter 21.9(c)(4)(B),
Chapter 21.10(e)(2),
Chapter 22.2(j)(4),
Chapter 22.2(l)(2),
Chapter 22.3(b)(10),
Chapter 22.3(r)(3)(B),
Chapter 31.3(e)(2),
Chapter 31.4(i)(2),
Chapter 31.5(h)(2),
Chapter 31.6(c)(2),
Chapter 31.7(b)(2),
Chapter 33.4(f),
Chapter 33.5(f),
Chapter 33.6(f),
Chapter 33.7(f)
Revises AFM to require that notice of the right to file a motion to reopen or reconsider be included in all denial decisions.
AD 11-21
(01-21-2011)
Chapter 38.1(e)(12) This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 38.1(e)(12) to provide further guidance on Temporary Protected Status Grounds of Ineligibility.
AD 11-14
(12-22-2010)
Chapter 22.2(b)(5)(B), Chapter 22.2(b)(9), Chapter 22.2(b)(10), Chapter 22.2(i)(1)(A), Chapter 22.2(i)(1)(E), Chapter 22.2(i)(1)(F), Chapter 22.2(i)(2)(A), Chapter 22.2(j)(2)(A), and Chapter 22.2(j)(2)(B) Finalizes guidance provided in AFM Update AD 10-41 on evaluation of evidentiary criteria in certain Form I-140 petitions, and makes technical revisions to other portions of Chapter 22.2. Although this update clarifies some of the language in the earlier update, it does so without revising the basic policy stated therein.
AD 11-13
(12-16-2010)
Chapter 40.1 Adds guidance regarding the validity of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, submitted in conjunction with an application for adjustment of status.
AD10-53
(12-16-2010)
Chapter 75.3(b) through (i)
Appendix 75-5
Appendix 75-6
Appendix 75-7
Provides guidance on, and a model plan for conducting, Administrative Naturalization Ceremonies
PM-602-0017
AD10-51 (12/16/2010)
Chapter 10.21
Chapter 21.2(h)(1)(c)
This memorandum adds new Chapter 10.21 and revises Chapter 21.2(h)(1)(c) to reflect enactment of INA section 204(l), allowing some petitions and applications to be approved despite the death of the qualifying relative.
AD 10-49
(12-15-2010)
Chapter 21.14(z)
Chapter 21.15(z)
This memorandum provides guidance on revocations of VAWA-based I-360s.
AD11-02
(12-15-2010)
Chapter 20.1(e) Provides guidance on transferring visa-regressed adjustment of status cases from field offices to the TSC or NBC.
PM-602-0012
(12-14-2010)
Chapter 36.4 Adds Chapter 36.4, Waivers of Inadmissibility and Grants of Status for Certain Aliens Seeking Nonimmigrant Status in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
AD11-05
(11-18-2010)
Chapter 10.9 Provides guidance on considering and approving requests for fee waivers.
AD11-01
(11-9-2010)
Chapter 22.3(b)(1)
Appendix 22-04
Appendix 22-05
Provides guidance for processing Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widower, or Special Immigrant, filed on behalf of special immigrant religious workers in light of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' mandate overturning the permanent injunction issued in the U.S. District Court order in Ruiz-Diaz v. United States. It also supplements the guidance issued in AD09-45 by adding an editor's note.
AD10-48
(10-6-2010)
Chapter 31.1(b);
Chapter 31.3(h);
Chapter 32.3(a); and
Chapter 32.4(a)
Provides guidance on implementation of the provisions of Public Law 111-230 requiring the payment of an additional fee in the case of certain petitions and applications relating to H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrants.
AD10-47 (8-27-2010) Chapter 21.5(d) Provides guidance on adjudication of Form I-600 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries physically present in Nepal.
PM-602-0026
AD10-44 (1/11/2011)
Chapter 23.5(f)(4) This memorandum revises the AFM by adding Chapter 23.5(f)(4) to clarify the Evidence of Compliance with Employment Requirement Prior to Final Adjudication of Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Application.
AD10-43 (8-26-2010) Chapter 11.1 Provides guidance on adjudication of applications and petitions supported by Puerto Rico birth certificates.
PM-602-0027
AD10-42 (1/24/2011)
Chapter 72.2(d)(3) Provides field guidance on the acceptance of NGB Form 22, "National Guard Report of Separation and Record of Service," as certification of service in the Armed Forces for purposes of naturalization under section 328 or 329 of the INA.
AD10-41 (8/19/2010)

Chapter 22.2(i)(1)(A),
Chapter 22.2(i)(1)(E),
Chapter 22.2(i)(1)(F),
Chapter 22.2(i)(2)(A),
Chapter 22.2(j)(2)(A),
Chapter 22.2(j)(2)(B),
Chapter 22.2(b)(5)(B),
Chapter 22.2(b)(9), and
Chapter 22.2(b)(10).

Provides guidance on evaluation of evidentiary criteria in certain Form I-140 petitions, and makes technical revisions to other portions of Chapter 22.2.
AD 10-38 (7-21-2010) Chapters 23.5 and 39 Provides guidance regarding new statutory changes to the T and U nonimmigrant status and related adjustment of status.
AD 10-36 (7-20-2010) Chapter 33.4(e) This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 33.4(e)(1) and adds 33.4(e)(2) to provide guidance for processing and adjudicating Form I 129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, filed on behalf of O nonimmigrants
AD10-08 (6-22-2010) Chapter 39.1(g)(2)(i) This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 39.1(g)(2)(i) to clarify that the status of a U-1 or a dependent of a U-1 nonimmigrant may be extended for any valid reason that is consistent with the goals of the statute and not merely to overcome a consular processing delay.
AD10-28 (03-11-2010)   Chapter 33.6(d)   This update revises AFM Chapter 33.6(d) to provide guidance for processing and adjudicating Form I-129 , Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, filed on behalf of P-2 nonimmigrants.  
AD10-25 (08/26/2010) Chapter 10.7(b) Provides guidance on uniform denial language pertaining to appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
AD05-12 (10-31-2005)   Chapter 21.14(q)   This update adds AFM Chapter 21.14(q) to provide guidance for adjudicating self-petitions by abused spouses, children, and parents when determining the citizenship or immigration status of the abuser.  
D 10-31 (03-05-2010)  
Chapters:
·     72.2(d)
·     74.2(b)(7)
Appendix 72-21  
This memorandum revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 72.2(d) and 74.2(b)(7) and Appendix 72-21 to revise and/or remove references to Form G-325B, Biographic Information  
AD 10-03 (11-24-2009)   Chapters:
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24.2
·  
40.1
·  
41.3
·  
41-1
·  
41-2
·  
41-3  
This update revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to provide guidance that effective January 4, 2010, HIV infection will no longer make an alien inadmissible under section 212(a)(1)(A)(i) of the INA.  
AD 10-17 (02-17-2010)   Chapter 21.5   This update revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) Chapter 21.5 , Petition for an Orphan.  
AD 10-29 (01-29-2010)   Chapters:
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31.3(g)
·  
31.5(j)
 
This memorandum revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) Chapters 31.3(g) and 31.5(j) to reflect the addition of an exemption to H-1B and H-2B caps when employment and services will be performed in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and/or Guam. These cap exemptions are a result of implementation of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, Public Law 110-229 and valid only from November 28, 2009 and until December 31, 2014.  
AD 10-24 (01-10-2010)   Chapter 31.3(g)(16)   This memorandum adds Chapter 31.3(g)(16) to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual. Chapter 31.3(g)(16) provides guidance for identifying an employer-employee relationship for purposes of H-1B petition adjudication.  
AD 10-47 (07-14-2008)   Chapter 23.5(d)   This memorandum adds AFM Chapter 23.5(d) , Section 245(k) of the Act: Exemptions to the 245(c)(2) , (c)(7) and (c)(8) Bars to Adjustment for Certain Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants and renumbers current AFM Chapters 23.5(d)-23.5(l) as 23.5(e)-23.5(m) respectively.  
AD10-05 (01-15-2010)   Chapter 39.1(c)(2)(v)   This memorandum adds AFM Chapter 39.1(c)(2)(v) pertaining to the denial of petitions for U nonimmigrant status for lack of required certification.  
AD10-04 (9/2/2010) Chapter 22.3(a), (t), and (u) Provides procedural guidance on the adjudication of Form I-360 for Special Immigrant Visas for Certain Afghans
AD09-16 (08-05-2009)   Chapters:
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74.2(c)(9)(E)
·  
74.2(c)(9)(I) Appendices:
·  
74-26
·  
74-27  
The AFM is updated to revis e Chapters 74.2(c)(9)(E) and 74.2(c)(9)(I) and add Appendices 74-26 and 74-27 . The revised chapters and new appendices clarify guidance pertaining to English and civics testing of naturalization applicants.  
AD10-06 (12-24-2009)   Chapter 40.1(c)   The AFM is updated by revising AFM Chapter 40.1(c) to reflect a one-year extension date for adjudicating Form I-693 , Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, on or before January 1, 2011.  
AD10-07 (12-15-2009)   Chapters:
·  
40.1(e)(4)(B)
·  
40.1(e)(4)(C)
·  
Appendix 40-3  
The AFM is updated to revise Chapter 40.1(e)(4)(B) and add Chapter 40.1(e)(4)(C) and Appendix 40-3 . The chapters and appendix set forth the adjudicative procedures that pertain to vaccination requirements on Form I-693 , Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.  
AD09-47 (09-22-2009)   Chapters:
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21.2(b)(1)(C)
·  
25.1(c)(3) Appendices:
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21-8
·  
21-9
·  
21-10  
The AFM is updated to add Chapters 21.2(b)(1)(C) and 25.1(c)(3) and Appendices 21-8 , 21-9 , and 21-10 . The chapters and appendices set forth the adjudicative procedures that Immigration Services Officers must follow when adjudicating a standalone Form I-130 .  
AD09-38 (12-11-2009)   Chapters:
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22.4(a)(2)
·  
22.4(c)(3)
·  
22.4(c)(4)(D)(iii)
·  
22.4(c)(4)(F)
·  
22.4(c)(4)(G)
·  
25.2(e)(5)(E)  
This memorandum revises Chapters 22 and 25 of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) by amending sections 22.4 and 25.2 to clarify issues pertaining to EB 5 (Immigrant Investor) Regional Center Proposal petitions for classification ( Form I 526 ) and petitions for removal of conditions ( Form I 829 ).  
AD09-54 (11-24-2009)   Chapters:
·  
36
·  
36.1
·  
36.2  
The AFM is updated to add Chapter 36 , Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Chapter 36.1, Reserved, and Chapter 36.2 , Parole and other Benefits for Certain Aliens in the CNMI.  
AD10-09 (12-02-2009)   Chapters:
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21.2(a)(4)
·  
21.2(h)(1)(C)
·  
Appendix 21-8  
This memorandum deletes AFM Chapter 21.2(a)(4) , Effect of the Petitioner’s Death before Approval, and the Note at the end of AFM Chapter 21.2(h)(1)(C) , Discretionary Authority to Not Automatically Revoke Approval, and adds Appendix 21-8 explaining the deletions.  
AD09-26 (10-31-2008)   Chapters:
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21.4(d)(5)(A)
·  
21.4(d)(5)(F)
·  
21.5(a)(6)
·  
21.6
 
This memorandum adds AFM Chapters 21.4(d)(5)(A) , 21.4(d)(5)(F) , 21.5(a)(6), and 21.6 , pertaining to Intercountry adoption under the Hague Adoption Convention and the USCIS Hague Adoption Convention rule at 8 CFR 204 , 213a , and 322 .  
AD10-02 (11-23-2009)   Chapters:
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36.1
·  
36.2
·  
36.3
·  
36.4
·  
36.5
·  
36.6
·  
36.7
·  
36.8  
The AFM is updated to add Chapter 36 , Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Chapters 36.1-36.7 as reserved, and Chapter 36.8 , Effect of the CNRA, Title VII of Public Law 110-229 , Classification of Aliens under Sections 101(a)(15)(L) and 203(b)(1)(C) of the INA.  
AD09-14 (11-19-2009)   Chapters 31.4 & 31.5 Appendix 31-2   Updated Chapters 31.4 & 31.5 by correcting formatting errors and hyperlinks. Clearifying links to Appendix 31-2 and removing 31-4  
AD07-26 (09-14-2009)   Chapters 22.2
·  
(b)(3)(D) - (F)
·  
(b)(4)(C)(v)
·  
(b)(9) - (11)
·  
(i)(2)(B)
·  
(j)(3)  
This memorandum updates AFM Chapter 22.2 regarding general Form I-140 adjudication issues and considerations pertaining to EB-1 and EB-2 cases.  
AD09-51 (03-02-2009) and (07-14-2009)   Chapter 33.5(a) Appendices:
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33-2
·  
33-3  
This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 33.5(a) and adds Appendices 33-2 and 33-3 to clarify procedures for applying the period of authorized stay for P-1 nonimmigrant athletes and the period of authorized stay for P-1S nonimmigrant individual athletes' essential support personnel.  
AD09-45 (06/26/2009)   Chapter 22.3(b)(1) Appendix 22-4   This memorandum revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual Chapter 22.3(b)(1) and adds Appendix 22-4 to reflect the U.S. District Court decision in Ruiz Diaz establishing that as of June 11, 2009, Forms I-360 and I-485 may be concurrently filed in special immigrant religious worker cases.  
AD09-37 (08-06-2009)   Chapter 22.2(b)(5)   This update revises AFM Chapter 22.2(b)(5) pertaining to successor-in-interest determinations.  
AD09-31 (05-04-2009)   Chapters:
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40
·  
40.1
·  
40.2
·  
40.3
·  
40.4
·  
40.5
·  
40.6
·  
40.7
·  
40.8
·  
40.9
·  
40.10
 
This memorandum revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to add a table of contents for new Chapter 40 , Grounds of Inadmissibility under Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Individual chapters will be inserted at later dates.  
AD09-30 (06-29-2009)   Chapters:
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23.5(l)
·  
23.5(m)  
This memorandum renumbers Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 23.5(l) as Chapter 23.5 (m) and creates new Chapter 23.5(l), to clarify the use of Forms I-508 and I-508F , Waiver of Rights, Privileges, Immunities, and Exemptions.  
AD09-28 (08-04-2009)   Chapter 25.1(k)   This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 25.1(k) to provide guidance on conditional permanent residents and naturalization under section 319(b) of the Act.  
AD09-24 (04-29-2009)   Chapter 72.2(d)(3)   This memorandum revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) Chapter 72.2 to clarify when Form N-426 is required with naturalization applications  
AD09-14 (06-24-2009)   Chapters:
·  
31.4
·  
31.5 Appendices:
·  
31-2
·  
31-4  
This memorandum revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) Chapters 31.4 and 31.5 and Appendices 31-2 and 31-4 to reflect the publication of the H-2A and H-2B final rules in the Federal Register. 73 FR 76891 (Dec. 18, 2008) and 73 FR 78104 (Dec. 19, 2008).  
AD09-11 (08-25-2009)   Chapters:
·  
24.4(d)(1)
·  
24.4(k)  
This revision to AFM Chapters 24.4(d)(1) and 24.4(k) provides guidance for adjudication of Form I-817 , Application for Family Unity Benefits, pursuant to Hernandez v. Reno, 91 F.3d 776 (5th Cir. 1996).  
AD09-10 (06-17-2009)   Chapters:
·  
22.2(j)(1)(B)-(E)
·  
22.2(j)(5)  
This memorandum revises Chapter 22.2(j)(1)(B)-(E) pertaining to evaluation of foreign equivalent degrees and Chapter 22.2(j)(5) pertaining to evaluation of foreign medical degrees.  
AD09-09 (03-19-2009)   Chapters:
·  
23.3
·  
40.1  
This memorandum revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to redesignate Chapter 23.3 as Chapter 40.1 , Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility and Medical Examination.  
AD09-04 (06-17-2009)   Chapters:
·  
22.4(b)
·  
22.4(c)(4)(D)
·  
25.2(a)
·  
25.2(b)
·  
25.2(e)(1)
·  
25.2(g)(1)
·  
25.2(i)(2)(C)  
This update adds five paragraphs at the end of Chapter 22.4(c)(4)(D) ; adds a new first paragraph to Chapter 25.2(e)(1) ; adds three new paragraphs at the end of Chapter 25.2(e)(1) ; and makes changes to both Chapters 22.4 and 25.2 to reference that all EB-5 petitions and applications are now filed with the California Service Center all in the AFM .  
AD08-03 (05-06-2009)   Chapters:
·  
30.1(d)
·  
40.9.2  
This memorandum redesignates Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) Chapter 30.1(d) , (d) Unlawful Presence under Section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Act, as Chapter 40.9.2 , Inadmissibility Based on Prior Unlawful Presence Sections 212(a)(9)(B) and (C)(i)(I) of the Act.  
AD07-27 (12-23-2010)   Chapters: Appendices: Provides guidance on the adjudication of an application for an advance parole employment authorization document (EAD).
AD07-18 (03-03-2009)   Chapter:
·  
40.6 Appendices:
·  
40-1
·  
40-2
 
This memorandum revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to add Chapter 40.6 Section 212(a)(6) Of The Act – Illegal Entrants and Other Immigration Violators and adds Appendices 40-1 and 40-2 .  
AD09-23 (04-15-2009)   Chapters:
·     15.1(d)(2)(B)
·     72.3(q)
Appendix:
·     15-4
 
This Adjudicator's Field Manual update adds new notes to Chapters 15.1(d)(2)(B) and 72.3(q) and a new Appendix 15-4 . The update provides specific instructions for processing Form N-400 filed by members of the U.S. Armed Forces or veterans under sections 328 and 329 of the INA who fail to respond to a request for evidence or for appearance.  
AD09-03 (01-21-2009)   Chapter 21.3(a)(2)(J)   This Adjudicator’s Field Manual update revises criteria in Chapter 21.3(a)(2)(J) for adjudicating petitions that involve transsexual marriages.  
AD08-09 (01-15-2009)   Chapters:
·     22.3(b)
·     34.5

Appendices:
·     22-2
·     34-1
 
This memorandum revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 22.3(b) and 34.5 and adds Appendices 22-2 and 34-1 to reflect the publication of the Special Immigrant and Religious Workers final rule in the Federal Register on November 26, 2008. Also, the revisions and additions reflect the extension of the special immigrant non-minister religious worker program from the date of publication of the final religious workers rule to March 6, 2009.  
*AD08-04 (11-08-2007)   Chapters:
·     21.2(a)(4)
·     21.2h(1)(C)  
This memorandum adds Chapter 21.2(a)(4) , and revises "Note" at the end of Chapter 21.2(h)(1)(C) . For cases arising outside of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, this update reaffirms USCIS policy concerning the effect of a visa petitioner's death on the authority to approve the petition.  
AD09-01 (12-01-2008)   Chapters:
·     71.1(f)(2) ;
·     74.2(a)(2)

·     (c)(3) .  
This memorandum revises subchapters 71.1(f)(2) , 74.2(a)(2) , and (c)(3) of the AFM to provide guidance on the use of “Taiwan” as country of birth or nationality.  
AD08-17 (07-07-2008)   Chapter: ·     22.3(t)   This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 22.3(t) , Iraqi Nationals Who Worked for or on behalf of the U.S. Government in Iraq.  
AD08-16 (04-11-2008)   Chapter: ·     23.5(k)   This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 23.5 by adding a new section (k) , "VAWA-based Adjustment of Status Applications."  
AD08-12 (03-07-2008)   Chapter: ·     39   This memorandum adds a new Chapter 39 , U Nonimmigrants, to the AFM .  
AD08-10 (03-21-2008)   Chapter: ·     31.3   This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 31.3 to add guidance relating to the licensure requirements for H-1B petitions where full licensure is dependent upon receipt of a preceding immigration benefit.  
AD07-04 (04-11-2008)   Chapter: ·     21.2   This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 21.2 of the AFM is amended by revising guidance on The Child Status Protection Act. Pub. L. 107-208 .  
AD08-14 (08-15-2008)   Chapters:
·     71.1(d)(3) ;
·     73.3(c)(2) ,
·     73.3(f)(6) - (f)(7)
·     73.3(h)
·     73.4(g)(7) - (g)(8) ;
·     73.5(d)(5) ;
·     74.2(b)(2) ,
·     74.2(b)(8)(I) ,
·     74.2(c)(10)(A) ,
·     74.2(c)(10)(B) ,
·     74.2(c)(10)(C) ,
·     74.2(c)(10)(D) ,
·     74.2(d)(2)(C) ,
·     74.2(d)(2)(D) .  
This memorandum revises AFM Chapters 71.1(d)(3) ; 73.3(c)(2) ; 73.3(f)(6) - (f)(7) ; 73.3(h) ; 73.4(g)(7) - (g)(8) ; 73.5(d)(5) ; 74.2(b)(2) ; 74.2(b)(8)(I) ; 74.2(c)(10)(A)-(D) ; 74.2(d)(2)(C) - (D) . These revisions provide guidance on continuous residence, physical presence, and overseas naturalization for a spouse or child of a member of the Armed Forces, per amendments to the INA by the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008," Pub. L. 110-181 (as enacted January 28, 2008).  
* AD08-06 (05-30-2008)   Chapters:
·     20.2(d)
·     31.2(d)(4)
·     31.3(g)(8)
·     31.3(g)(10) , (11) , (12)

·     31.3(g)(13)(D)  
This memorandum revises AFM Chapters 20.2 , 31.2(d)(4) , 31.3(g)(8) , (10) , (11) , (12) , and 31.3(g)(13)(D) regarding issues related to adjudication of employment-based benefits under the AC21 and ACWIA provisions.  
AD08-19 (08-14-2008)   Chapter 74.2(c)(9)   This memorandum revises Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 74.2 (c)(9)  
AD07-20 (06-01- 2007)   Chapter 22.2   This memorandum revises AFM Chapter 22.2 regarding procedures that address the impact of the Department of Labor's (DOL) Final Rule on determining labor certification validity and the prohibition of labor certification substitution requests.  
AD07-19 (11-08-2007)   Chapter 23.2(j)(2)(A)   This memorandum revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) Chapter: 23.2(j)(2)(A) by amending section 23.2 regarding the Removal of Receipt Requirements for Certain H and L Adjustment Applicants Returning from a Trip Abroad.  
AD07-01 (09-18-2007)   Chapters:
·     72.2(d)(5) ,
·     72.2(d)(6) ,
·     72.2(d)(7) ,
·     72.2(d)(8) , and
·     72.2(d)(9)
 
This memorandum revises sections of subchapter 72.2(d)(5) , (6) , (7) , (8) , and (9) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) regarding guidelines for the adjudication of Form N648 waivers.  
AD07-19 (07-30-2007)   Chapter 10.9(a)
Appendix 10-10
 
This memorandum revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) Chapter 10.9(a) and adds Appendix 10-10 to reflect modifications to the availability of fee waivers by the final rule “Adjustment of the Immigration and Naturalization Benefit Application and Petition Fee Schedule.” 72 FR 29851 (May 30, 2007). This rule is effective on July 30, 2007.  
AD07-05 (06-18-2007)   Chapters:
·     10.1(c)
·     10.3(f) ;
·     10.5(a)
·     (b)
·     10.11(b)
·     11.1(m)
·     25.2(e)(2)
·     38.1(e)(6)
·     (7)
·     (9)
Appendix:

·     10-9  
This memorandum revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) Chapters 10.1(c) ; 10.3(f) ; 10.5(a) , (b ; 10.11(b) ; 25.2(e)(2) ; and 38.1(e)(6) , (7) , (9) and adds Appendix 10-9 to reflect the revised request for evidence and notice of intention to deny procedures as published in the Federal Register on April 17, 2007. 72 FR 19100 . Also, this memorandum revises AFM Chapter 11.1(m) to clarify when applicants or petitioners must submit documents as originals or as photocopies. 72 FR 19100 .  
AD07-22 (01-03-2007)   Chapter 23.3(e)(1)   This memorandum revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) Chapter 23.3(e)(1) to indicate that the validity of Form I-693 is extended until January 1, 2008.  
AD07-17 (02-08-2008)   Chapters:
· 21.2(f)
· 21.2(g)
· 21.2(h)
· 21.2(i)
Appendix:
·     21-6  
This memorandum revises Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.2(f) and adds Appendix 21-6 to provide guidance for adjudication of family-based petitions and Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)) under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Also, this update renumbers current chapter 21.2(f) as 21.2(g), 21.2(g) as 21.2(h), and 21.2(h) as 21.2(i).  
AD06-29 (12-05-2006)   Chapters:
·     31.2(d)
·     31.3(g)(14)
·     32.6(h)  
This memorandum revises: ·     Chapter 31.2(d) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to include new provisions regarding admission periods for aliens previously in H-4 status and provisions for aliens applying for additional periods of admission beyond the H-1B six year maximum; ·     Chapter 31.3(g) to include section (14) regarding appropriate of length of admission for H-1B aliens who have not exhausted their six-year maximum but have been absent from the U.S. for more than one year; and ·     Chapter 32.6 to include section (h) regarding decoupling time spent in L-2 status from L-1 maximum period of stay.  
AD06-46 (01-23-2007)   Chapters: ·     22.2(b) and ·     22.2(j)(6) ; ·     23.5   This memorandum provides interim field guidance in light of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Schneider v. Chertoff, 450 F.3d 944 (9th Cir. 2006) . This memorandum also establishes interim procedures for adjudicating national interest waiver (NIW) immigrant petitions and related adjustment of status applications filed on behalf of physicians practicing in medically underserved areas or at facilities operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  
AD06-31 & AD06-04 (12-21-2006)   Chapter: ·     25.2   Updates Adjudicator’s Field Manual Chapter 25.2 guidance on the adjudication of Form I-829 s for the removal of conditions for conditional permanent residents under the immigrant investor visa categories and for Form N-400 s filed by EB-5 conditional residents with pending Form I-829s.  
AD06-34 (01-12-2007)   Chapter: ·     23-2(b)   This memorandum revises Subchapter 23.2(b) of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM)  
AD07-06 (01-03-2007)   Chapter: ·     23.11(b)(1) Appendix: ·     23-6   This Adjudicator's Field Manual update revises criteria in Chapter 23.11(b)(1) (last bullet) for adjustment under the Cuban Adjustment Act to reflect publication of Matter of Buschini (June 30, 2006), USCIS Administrative Appeals Office Adopted Decision. This update also adds Appendix 23-6 , which reprints Matter of Buschini in full.  
AD06-41 (12-04-2006)   Chapters: ·     23.13(d)(2) , ·     23.13(d)(3) , ·     23.13(d)(4)(E) , ·     23.13(f)(1)   This memorandum revises Chapters 23.13(d)(2) , 23.13(d)(3) , 23.13(d)(4)(E) , and 23.13(f)(1) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) in order to modify the criteria for interview waivers by granting the Nebraska Service Center the jurisdiction to grant certain types of inadmissibility waivers.  
AD03-01 (09-12-2006)   Chapter 22   This memorandum replaces all of Chapter 22, which provides guidance on the adjudication of petitions for classification under the employment-based immigrant visa categories.  
AD07-03 (06-27-2006)   Appendix 41-2   This memorandum replaces Appendix 41-2 of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) with a correctly formatted Appendix 41-2.  
AD03-01 (09-12-2006)   Chapter 22   This memorandum replaces all of Chapter 22 , which provides guidance on the adjudication of petitions for classification under the employment-based immigrant visa categories.  
AD06-45 (08-24-2006)   Chapters 10.3 and Appendix 10-8   This memorandum revises Chapters 10.3 (General Adjudication Procedures) and adds Appendix 10-8 (Complying with Particular Timeframes When Processing Cases) the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM )  
AD05-34 (04-03-2006) Chapters 21.11 and 23.5(d) ; Appendices 21-4 and 21-5  This memorandum adds Chapters 21.11 and Appendices 21-4 and 21-5 , and revises Chapter 23.5(d) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ). These additions and revisions address petitions by survivors of certain U.S. Armed Forces Members.
AD05-15 (09-23-2005)   Chapter 31.3(g)(8)   This memorandum revises Chapter 31.3(g)(8) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to provide interim guidance pertaining to the Department of Labor PERM Regulations at 20 CFR 656 .  
AD06-43 (08-24-2006)   Chapters 75.2 and 75.3   This memorandum revises Chapters 75.2 (The Oath Ceremony) and 75.3 ( Ceremony-Related Issues ) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM )  
AD06-26 (07-11-2006)   Chapter 23.2(k)   This memorandum revises Chapter 23.2(k) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to provide guidance regarding the proper disposition of Forms I-508 and I-566.  
AD06-36 (06-30-2006)   Chapters 23.6(a)(1) and 23.6(b)(2) .   This memorandum revises Chapters 23.6(a)(1) and 23.6(b)(2) in the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM).  
AD06-35 (06-30-2006)   Chapter 32.4(a)(Note)   This memorandum replaces Chapter 32.4(a)(Note) with revised Chapter 32.4(a)(Note) of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM).  
AD06-33 (06-02-2006)   Chapter 25.1(g)(4)(C)   This memorandum revises Chapter 25.1(g)(4)(C) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to clarify procedures for I-751s filed by Conditional Permanent Residents who are overseas on official military or government orders.  
AD06-27 (06-06-2006)   Chapter 31.3(g)(13)   This memorandum revises Chapter 31.3(g) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to include section 13 regarding H-1B cap exemptions pursuant to 214(g)(5) of the Act.  
AD06-21 (06-14-2006)   Chapter 21.2(e)(4)(C)   This memorandum adds Chapter 21.2(e)(4)(C) to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to clarify the opting-out provisions for F2A visas.  
AD06-21 (06-14-2006)   Chapters 37.4(e)(2) , 37.4(g) , and 37.4(k)(1)   This memorandum revises Chapters 37.4(e)(2) , 37.4(g) , and 37.4(k)(1) in the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) regarding adjudication of Form I-539 for V-2, V-3 Status whose petitioning parent has naturalized.  
AD06-20 (06-27-2006)   Chapter 20.5   This memorandum replaces Chapter 20.5 of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) with a revised Chapter 20.5 (Enforceable Affidavits of Support)  
AD06-15 (01-30-2006)   Chapters 25.1(g)(1) and 25.1(g)(2)   This memorandum revises Chapters 25.1(g)(1) and 25.1(g)(2) in the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) regarding joint petition credibility issues.  
AD06-09 (05-10-2006)   Chapter 72.2(d)(5) and Appendix 72-13   This memorandum revises Chapter 72.2(d)(5) and Appendix 72-13 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) regarding adjudications of N-648 medical certifications for disability exceptions  
AD01-17 (05-10-2006)   Chapters 37.1, 37.2, 37.3   Guidance pertaining to K visas in Chapters 37.1, 37.2, 37.3 in the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) is undergoing revision.  
AD06-30 (04-20-2006)   Chapter 10.17(a)   This revision to Chapter 10.17(a) to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) clarifies when adjudication officers may reopen applications or petitions.  
AD06-22 (03-01-2006)   Appendix 10-6   This memorandum revises Appendix 10-6 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ).  
AD06-18 (02-17-2006)   Appendix 35-1   This memorandum adds an Appendix 35-1 to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) .  
AD06-17 (02-06-2006)   Chapters 10.12(b)(1) , (c)(1) and Appendices 10-1 , 10-2 , 10-3 , 10-4   This memorandum revises Chapters Chapters 10.12(b)(1) and 10.12(c)(1) and adds Appendices 10-1 , 10-2 , 10-3 , and 10-4 to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM).  
AD06-13 (01-11-2006)   Chapter 23.3(e)(1)   This memorandum revises Chapter 23.3(e)(1) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ).  
AD06-12 (01-11-2006)   Chapter 11.1(c) and Appendix 74-14   This memorandum revises Chapter 11.1(c) and Appendix 74-14 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ).  
AD06-02 (02-13-2006)   Chapter 4.6 and Appendices 4-15 through 4-28   This update adds Chapter 4.6 and Appendices 4-15 through 4-28 to the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM).  
AD06-01 (11-23-2005)   Chapter 15.1 Appendix 15-3   This memorandum revises sections (a) and (b) of and adds section (d) to Chapter 15.1 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ). This memorandum also adds Appendix 15-3 to the AFM .  
AD05-35 (09-19-2005)   Chapter 73.6(d)(3)(B)(third bullet)   This memorandum revises Chapter 73.6(d)(3)(B)(third bullet) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ).  
AD05-34 (04-03-2006)   Chapters 21.11 and 23.5(d) ; Appendices 21-4 and 21-5   This memorandum adds Chapters 21.11 and Appendices 21-4 and 21-5 , and revises Chapter 23.5(d) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ). These additions and revisions address petitions by survivors of certain U.S. Armed Forces Members.  
AD05-24 (12-15-2005)   Chapters 34.1 and 34.6   This memorandum revises Chapter 34.1 and adds Chapter 34.6 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to provide interim policy and processing guidelines for E-3 Specialty Occupation Workers and Employment Authorization for E-3 Dependent Spouses  
AD 06-03 (09-19-2005)   Chapter 10.9 (c)(1)   This memorandum revises Chapter 10.9 (c)(1) and adds Appendix 12-3 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ).  
(12-05-2005)   Chapter 20.5   Removed - Under Revision  
(12-05-2005)   Chapter 22   Removed - Under Revision  
AD06-05 (09-01-2005)   Chapter 12.1 & Appendix 12-1   Added new material on Representation in Immigration Proceedings  
AD05-33 (10-31-2005)   Chapter 41.6   This memorandum replaces Chapter 41.6 of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) with a revised Chapter 41.6  
AD05-26 (07-28-2005)   Chapters 32.3 , 32.4(a) and 32.5   This memorandum replaces Chapters 32.3, 32.4(a) and 32.5 with revised Chapters 32.3, 32.4(a) and 32.5 of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM)  
AD05-21 (10-20-2005)   Chapter 31.3 and Chapter 32.6   Adds guidance relating to the recapture of time spent outside the United States by H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrants  
AD05-18 (09-13-2005)   Chapter 51.4   This memorandum adds Chapter 51.4 to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ).  
AD05-11 (06-06-2005)   Chapter 30.3(c)(2)(A)   This memorandum replace s Chapter 30.3(c)(2)(A) with a revised Chapter 30.3(c)(2)(A) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM).  
(06-01-2005)   Appendix 73-1 ; Appendix 74-6 ; Chapter 71-1(d)(1)   Technical Amendments  
AD05-10 (05-08-2005)   Chapter 21-2, Section (d)(1)(G) Appendix 21-3, Editor’s Note and Part A   This memorandum replaces Chapter 21-2, section (d)(1)(G) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) and replaces Appendix 21-3 of the AFM.  
(03-13-2005)   Chapter 3.5(c) ; 3.5(a) ; 3.7 ; 23.3(e)(1) ; 30.4 ; 56 .; Appendix 75-3   Technical Amendments provided by Program Regulations Development AFM Coordinator  
(02-09-2005)   Appendix 72-1   NQP4 Processing Memorandum Issued September 30, 2003  
AD05-07 (01-18-2005)   Chapter 25.2(g) ; Appendix 25-1 FAQs 9 - 10   This memorandum replaces Chapter 25.2(g) and Appendix 25-1 FAQs 9 - 10 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) with a revised Chapter 25.2(g) and a revised Appendix 25-1 FAQs 9-10.  
AD04-14 (09-30-2004)   Chapter 3.6(g) and Appendix 3-1   Incorporates DHS policy regarding the Office of the Inspector General.  
AD04-11 (08-23-2004)   Chapters 10.9(a) and 10.9(b)   This memorandum revises Chapters 10.9(a) and 10.9(b) in the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) by updating instructions and processing guidance for adjudication of fee waiver requests pursuant to 8 CFR 103.7(c).  
AD04-09 (08-30-2004)   Chapter 41.1(a)(1)   Revised guidance concerning 212(g)(1)(A) waiver.  
AD04-08 (11-01-2004)   Chapter 75.2   This memorandum replaces Chapter 75.2 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) with a revised Chapter 75.2.  
AD04-05 (11-02-2004)   Chapter 41.3(b)   This memoranda revises Chapter 41.3(b) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual ( AFM ) to add guidance on waivers for HIV infected K and V nonimmigrants.  
AD04-02 (08-25-2004)   Chapter 23.10 Appendix 23-5   Adds guidance on the adjudication of applications for adjustment of status under section 13 of the Act of September 11, 1957.  
AD04-07 (02-09-2004)   Chapter 10.3(b)   Revises the validity period for IBIS checks from 35 days to 90 days.  
AD03-36 (11-28-2003)   Chapter 20.5   Revises paragraphs (a) and (b) to clarify that the enforceable affidavit of support is not required if the adjustment of status application was filed prior to December 19, 1997.  
AD03-31 (09-22-2003)   Chapter 30.12   Provides guidance on Health Care Worker Certification  
AD03-29 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 73.6   Adds guidance on good moral character.  
AD03-28 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 74.2 , Appendix 74-20 , Appendix 74-21 , Appendix 74-22 , Appendix 74-23 , Appendix 74-24 , and Appendix 74-25 .   Adds guidance on review of the naturalization application.  
AD03-26 (03-26-2003)   Chapter 61 ; Chapter 62 ; Chapter 81 ; Chapter 82 ; and Chapter 83 .   Adds guidance on bonds, fines, liquidated damages, statistical reports, management techniques and liaison.  
AD03-25 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 73.3, Chapter 73.5   Adds guidance on the continuity and physical presence requirements for naturalization applicants.  
AD03-24 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 71 , Appendix 71- 5 , Appendix 71-6 , Appendix 71-7 , Appendix 71-8 , and Appendix 71-9   Adds guidance on the adjudication of applications for certificates of citizenship and related appendices.  
AD03-23 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 73.7 ; Chapter 73.8   Adds a discussion of the naturalization eligibility requirements that an applicant be attached to the Constitution, proficient in English and knowledgeable about U.S. history and government.  
AD03-22 (02-20-2003)   Chapter 73.4   Adds guidance on discussion of the naturalization residence requirements.  
AD03-21 ( 01-24-2003)   Chapter 37.4(g)   Revises guidance on the period of admission for V-2 and V-3 nonimmigrants to include the 45 day period provided for in section 424 of the USA PATRIOT Act.  
AD03-20 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 73.1   Adds guidance on the requitement that an applicant for naturalization be “Lawfully Admitted for Permanent Residence”  
AD03-18 (03-26-2003)   Chapter 56   Adds guidance on the adjudication of applications for various USCIS documents.  
AD03-16 (08-04-2003)   Chapter 20.2(c)   Provides guidance on the validity of immigrant petitions under section 106(c) of AC21 (Public Law 106-313)  
AD03-13 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 74.2(a) and Chapter 74.2(h)   Adds guidance on the review of Form N-400 with regard to Part 1 (“Information about you”)and Part 8 (“Allegiance to the United States”).  
AD03-12 (01-03-2003)   Chapter 74.2(d)   Adds guidance on the review of Form N-400 with regard to Part 4 (“Information about your residence and employment”).  
AD03-11 (12-10-2002)   Chapter 74.2(c) and Appendix 72-13   Revises adjudicative guidelines regarding aliens to are medically exempt from certain naturalization requirements; adds a new Appendix on the same topic.  
AD03-10 (06-23-2003)   Chapter 54   Adds a new chapter on the adjudication of Applications for Advance Parole  
AD03-09 (04-24-2003)   Chapter 31.1(b) ; Chapter 31.2(d) ; and Chapter 31.3(g)   Provides guidance on granting extensions of H-1B stay beyond the 6 th year in accordance with Pub. 107-273.  
AD03-08 (12-04-2002)   Appendix 71-1 ; Appendix 71-2 ; Appendix 71-3 ; and Appendix 71-4 ;   Updates the Nationality Charts contained in the indicated Appendices.  
AD03-07 (07-18-2003)   Chapter 45   Adds a discussion of Section 212(e) waivers for J-1 nonimmigrants  
AD03-06 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 32.6 ; Appendix 32-1   Revises the Technical Issues section of the chapter on adjudication of L-1 petitions to Clarify points relating to appropriate legal entities; provide suggestions on more specific qualifying relationship evidence; provide suggestions on additional evidence that can be required of publicly traded SEC regulated companies, especially in a merger/acquisition situation; provide suggestions evidence pertaining to "doing business" for an Import/Export business; and clarify points relating to specialized knowledge.  
AD03-04 (10-15-2002)   Chapter 30.2(e)(2)   Revises designation of person in HQOPRD to whom Visas Mantis reports must be sent.  
AD03-03 (03-26-2003)   Chapter 38   Adds guidelines relating to the adjudication of applications for temporary protected status and deferred enforced departure.  
AD03-02 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 24   Adds a discussion of the legalization and family unity programs.  
AD02-31 (02-06-2003)   Chapter 75 ; Appendix 75-1 ; Appendix 75-2 ; Appendix 75-3 ; and Appendix 75-4   Adds a chapter to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual concerning the Oath of Naturalization and the Oath Ceremony, along with relating appendices. Also cancels relating Operations Instructions.  
AD02-30 (08-20-2002)   Chapter 74   Adds AFM Chapters 74.1, 74.2(c) and 74.2(g) pertaining parts 3 and 7 of the Form N-400, revises the AFM Table of Contents.  
AD02-26 (08-20-2002)   Appendix 23-7 ; and Appendix 45-1   Adds Appendices pertaining to INSAMS and Waivers for Certain Exchange Visitors.  
AD02-25 (11-19-2002)   Chapter 76   Adds Chapter to the Adjudicator's Field Manual concerning Adjudicator's responsibilities relating to denaturalization  
AD02-24 (01-04-2002)   Chapter 37.4   Adds a new chapter concerning V nonimmigrants.  
AD02-23 (05-12-2003)   Chapter 52   Adds a new chapter concerning re- entry permits; removes the old OI 223 from the Service’s Operations Instructions.  
AD02-22 (04-24-2003)   Chapter 31.5(b) and Chapter 31.5(c)   H-2B Labor Certification for Canadian Musicians Coming to Perform within 50 miles of the Canadian Border.  
AD02-21 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 34   Adds guidance on the adjudication of applications for benefits under certain employment authorized nonimmigrant classifications (E, I & R)  
AD02-20 (09-25-2002)   Chapter 30.3(c)(1) ; and Appendix 30-1   Explains the bar on applicants for change from B to F-1 or M-1 attending school prior to approval of the application; adds an Appendix containing the SOP for Form I-539 .  
AD02-17 (10-06-2003)   Chapter 21.4 ; Chapter 21.6 ; Chapter 21.7 ; Chapter 21.8 ; Chapter 21.9 ; and Chapter 21.10 .   Adds guidelines relating to the adjudication of various relative visa petition cases.  
AD02-16 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 21.3   Adds guidelines relating to the adjudication of spousal relative visa petition cases.  
AD02-15 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 21.5 ; Appendix 21-2   Adds guidelines relating to the adjudication of orphan cases.  
AD02-14 (03-18-2002)   Table of Contents   Updates the AFM Table of Contents.  
AD02-13 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 35   Adds guidelines relating to the adjudication of applications pertaining to students and exchange visitors.  
AD02-11 (05-14-2004)   Chapter 25.1   Adds Chapter 25.1 on joint petitions and waiver applications for removal of conditions pursuant to the marriage fraud amendments of 1986  
AD02-09 (02-26-2002)   Chapter 32.3(b) ; Chapter 32.3(d) ; Chapter 32.4(a) ; and Chapter 32.5(a)   Updates discussion of L-1 nonimmigrants to reflect change in law allowing blanket L-1 beneficiaries to qualify with as little as 6 months experience in the previous 3 years.  
AD02-08 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 21.1 , Chapter 21.2 , Appendix 21-3   Adds Chapters dealing with relative visa petitions in general.  
AD02-07 (01-30-2002)   Chapter 72.1 , 72.2 , 72.3   Processes and Procedures for Conducting Naturalization Interviews.  
AD02-05 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 26   Rescission of adjustment to lawful permanent resident status.  
AD02-04 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 53   Adds a new chapter dealing with refugee travel documents  
AD02-03 (05-12-2003)   Chapter 55 ; Appendix 55- 2 ; and Appendix 55-3 .   Adds guidance regarding the adjudication of Employment Authorization Documents  
AD02-02 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 51 ; Appendix 51-1   Adds a new chapter and appendix relating to Applications to Replace Permanent Resident Card  
AD01-34 (05-12-2003)   Chapter 10.3 ; Chapter 10.12 ; Appendix 10-5 ; and Appendix 10-6   IBIS Checks on Applications and Petitions  
AD01-33 (08-21-2001)   Chapter 10.3   Completion of Interagency Border Inspection System (IBIS) Lookout Checks on Applications and Petitions for Immigration Benefits  
AD01-29 (07-26-2001)   Chapter 23.14   Adjustment of status for certain Syrian nationals granted asylum in the U.S.  
AD01-28 (06-27-2001)   Appendix 81-3   Lists regular reports required by the Adjudication (including Naturalization) program  
AD01-27 (06-22-2001)   Appendix 81-1   Adds DOJ Handbook entitled “Developing Useful Performance Indicators”  
AD01-26 (06-11-2001)   Chapters 10.7 , 10.8   Provides instructions for preparing denial orders and appellate case records  
AD01-25 (06-07-2001)   Chapter 14.10   Describes procedures for obtaining a report from the Library of Congress  
AD01-24 (05-22-2001)   Appendix 14-1   Provides a list of internet websites useful for doing adjudicative research  
AD01-23 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 42   Adds a new chapter relating to Applications for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant  
AD01-21 (03-20-2003)   Chapter 10.20   Adds a chapter to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual concerning Approval Stamps.  
AD01-19 (06-05-2001)   Chapter 20   Adds discussion of general immigrant issues pertaining to Adjudications Program  
AD01-18 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 11.1 ; Chapter 15.1 ; and Chapter 15.4 ; Appendix 10-5 ; Appendix 11-1 ; and Appendix 15-2   Updates AFM discussions concerning Submission of Supporting Documents; Consideration of Evidence; and Interview Policies and Procedures  
AD01-16 (04-18-2001)   Appendix 21-1   Adds information about States recognizing common law marriages  
AD01-15 (10-11-2001)   Chapter 30 ; Chapter 31 ; Chapter 32 ; Chapter 33 ; Appendix 31-4   General information on nonimmigrants and information on the adjudication of temporary worker petitions.  
AD01-14 (06-06-2003)   Chapter 23   Adds several new subchapters on the adjudication of Applications for Adjustment of Status  
AD01-11 (03-08-2001)   Chapter 3.6(e)   Miscellaneous AFM Update  
AD01-10 (01-25-2001)   Appendix 10-1   Codes for Pubic Copies of Decisions  
AD01-05 (12-08-2000)   Chapter 12   Miscellaneous Updates (Attorneys and Other Representatives)  
AD01-04 (12-08-2000)   Appendices 73-1 , 73-2 , 73-3 , and 73-4   Naturalization Instruction Guides  
AD 01-03 (10-17-2002)   Chapter 23.3 ; Chapter 41.3 ; Chapter 41.6 ; Chapter 83.4 ; Appendix 41-1 ; Appendix 41-2 ; Appendix 41-3 ; and Appendix 41-4 .   Adds guidance concerning medical examinations, vaccination requirements, waivers of medical grounds of inadmissibility, and designation of civil surgeons and revocation of such designation.  
AD01-02 (12-08-2000)   Chapters 3 , 4 , 10 , 11 , 14 & 15 ; Appendices 10-1 , 10-2 , 23-4 and 33-1   Miscellaneous Updates  
AD01-01 (04-17-2003)   Chapter 43 ; Appendix 43-1   Adds a new chapter on the adjudication of Applications for Consent to Reapply for Admission After Deportation or Removal  
AD00-24 (09-25-2000)   Appendix 33-1   List of Organizations Which Provide Consultations for O and P Petitions  
AD00-23 (09-18-2000)   Appendices 31-2 , 31-2a& 31-3   H-1B SOP Documents  
AD00-22 (09-18-2000)   Appendix 31-1   List of Occupational Categories for H, J and L Nonimmigrants  
AD00-17 (08-10-2000)   Chapters 2.5(b) & 32.2   Guidance on the Treatment of Certain International Accounting Firms  
AD00-14 (03-01-2000)   Adds Chapter 17 and Appendix 17-1    
AD00-13   Adds Appendix 71-4 ; Adds Appendix 15-1 ; Removes and reserves Appendix 72-9   Revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual Table of Contents;  
AD00-11   Appendix 10-4   Visa Cable Formats  
AD00-10   Appendices 4-1 thru 4-14   Position Descriptions for Various Adjudications positions  
AD00-09   Appendix 23-1C , Appendix 23-1E and Appendix 23-1W   Designated Civil Surgeons List - Central Region Designated Civil Surgeons List - Eastern Region Designated Civil Surgeons List - Western Region  
AD00-08     Educational and Experience Requirements for Employment-Based Second Preference (EB-2) Immigrants (March 20, 2000)  
AD00-07   Adds Chapter 30.1(d)    
AD00-06   Chapter 22.6   National Interest Waivers for Second Preference Employment-Based Immigrant Physicians Serving in Medically Underserved Areas or at Veterans Affairs Facilities  
AD00-05 (05-14-2004)   Chapter 21.5(g)(1)(C)   Clarifies issues relating to the automatic revocation of visa petitions upon the death of the petitioner, the discretionary authority not to revoke the petition, and the effect of the Family Sponsor Immigration Act.  
AD99-09     Adjudication of Advance Parole Requests Filed by NACARA section 202 Dependents  
AD99-08     Immigrant Investor Petitions - Form I-829 Adjudication  
AD99-06   Adds Chapter 10.9   Fee Waivers  
AD99-04   Adds Chapter 2   Customer Service  
AD99-03     NQP4 Procedures Appendices (July 12, 1999)  
AD99-02     HRIFA Adjustment Procedures (Pub. L. 105-277)  
AD99-01   Chapter 23.12   Adjustment of Status under NACARA, revises section (f)(3), Advance parole: alien outside the U.S. at time of request  
    Removal Conditions for Section 203(b)(5) Immigrants  
  ( Appendix 25-1 )   Frequently Asked Questions about Form I-829  
  ( Appendix 25-2 )   Model Notice to Appear  
  ( Appendix 25-3 )   Model Notice of Automatic Termination of Conditional Residence of Immigrant Investor Based Upon Failure to Properly File Form I-829 Petition  
  ( Appendix 25-4 )   Points of Contact for EB-5 Cases  




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