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Current Policy Memoranda for Comment

USCIS seeks your input on the current policy memoranda listed below. In an effort to improve guidance to our workforce, USCIS may occasionally seek feedback on specific memos currently utilized by our Field Offices and Service Centers. After review and consideration of the received comments, USCIS will determine what, if any, changes it should make to the policy memos, or if other agency action is required. 

Comment Process:  Please e-mail all comments to Please include the following to make your comments clear:

  • State the title of the relevant memo in the subject line of your message;
  • Refer to a specific portion of the memo; 
  • Explain the reason for any recommended change; and 
  • Include data, information, or authority that supports the recommendation.

You have 30 days to review and submit comments on the policy memo. 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. USCIS cannot guarantee that it will acknowledge or respond to any comments submitted.

See the Feedback Updates for the status of all reviewed memos and links to published memos.

Background and Additional Legal Information: Field guidance documents are available for public review on USCISs website as part of the Adjudicators Field Manual (AFM). In a continued effort to promote transparency and consistency in our operations, USCIS periodically posts policy memos for public comment to assist USCIS in improving immigration services. USCIS will not post memos 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 current policy memos under the Administrative Procedure Act. This informal comment process does not replace any statutory or other legal requirement for public comment on agency action. 

Last updated: 12/13/2010