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Policy Memoranda

This page provides access to various policy and procedural memoranda, which guides USCIS adjudicators as they process applications and petitions for immigration benefits while still protecting national security. In addition to the USCIS Policy Manual, USCIS policy memoranda contain the official policies of USCIS and assist immigration officers in rendering decisions. These policy memoranda are to be followed by USCIS officers in the performance of their duties but do not remove their discretion in making adjudicatory decisions. The policy memoranda do not create any substantive or procedural rights or benefits that are legally enforceable by any party against the United States, or its agencies or officers or any other person.

Policy memoranda that have been partially or fully superseded by the USCIS Policy Manual have been stamped and archived in the USCIS History and Library collection. If you have bookmarked links to affected memos, you will now be redirected to the USCIS Policy Manual where you may find current policy.

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This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance regarding the filing and adjudication of H-2B nonimmigrant petitions that fall under section 1045 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and supersedes the February 15, 2018 memorandum (PM-602-0156) that originally implemented section 1049 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018.
ALERT: On Feb. 6, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued a nationwide injunction enjoining USCIS from enforcing the Aug. 9, 2018, policy memorandum titled, “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants.” USCIS will continue to apply the prior policy guidance found in AFM Chapter 40.9.2, issued on May 6, 2009: Consolidation of Guidance Concerning Unlawful Presence for Purposes of Sections 212(a)(9)(b)(i) and 212(a)(9)(c)(i)(I) of the Act.
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This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators regarding the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) if initial evidence is not submitted or if the evidence in the record does not establish eligibility.
This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers for determining whether a petitioner is eligible for asylum or refugee status in light of the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of A-B-. ALERT: On December 19, 2018, in Grace v. Whitaker, No. 18-CV-01853 (EGS), 344 F. Supp. 3d 96 (D.D.C. 2018), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined USCIS from implementing and enforcing certain parts of this PM. A redacted version of the PM reflecting the court’s injunction can be found here.
This Policy Memorandum (PM) outlines how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Notice to Appear (NTA) and referral policies implement the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) removal priorities, including those identified in Executive Order 13768, and it provides updates to USCIS’ guidelines for referring cases and issuing NTAs. This PM supersedes Policy Memorandum 602-0050, Revised Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Removable Aliens, dated November 7, 2011.
This Policy Memorandum (PM) confirms and clarifies which Notice to Appear (NTA) and referral policies apply: (1) to DACA requestors when processing a DACA request or DACA-related benefit request and (2) to DACA recipients when the Federal Government is seeking to terminate DACA.
This policy memorandum (PM) amends U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) policy on DNA evidence of sibling relationships and revises the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), Chapter 21.9(c).
Matter of S- Inc. addresses the prohibition on multiple H-1B filings by “related entities (such as a parent company, subsidiary, or affiliate).” PM-602-0159
Matter of S-P-, Inc. clarifies that a beneficiary who worked abroad for a qualifying multinational organization for at least one year, but left its employ for a period of more than two years after being admitted to the United States as a nonimmigrant, does not satisfy the one-in-three foreign employment requirement for immigrant classification as a multinational manager or executive. To cure the interruption in employment, such a beneficiary would need an additional year of qualifying employment abroad before he or she could once again qualify.
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This policy memorandum (PM) establishes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy relating to H-1B petitions filed for workers who will be employed at one or more third-party worksites.
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