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USCIS Policy Memo re TRIG, hold policy

PM-602-0051 - Revised Guidance on the Adjudication of Cases Involving Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) and Further Amendment to the Hold Policy for Such Cases - "This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides updated instruction to all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices...

USCIS Policy Memo re Material Support, medical care

PM-602-0052 - Implementation of New Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) for the Provision of Material Support in the Form of Medical Care Purpose - "On October 13, 2011, following consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security (the Secretary...

New R-1 Memo: Procedures for Calculating the Maximum Period of Stay

Procedures for Calculating the Maximum Period of Stay for R-1 Nonimmigrants: "This memorandum provides instruction to Immigration Service Officers who adjudicate R-1 nonimmigrant petitions for aliens who are coming to the United States temporarily to perform religious work, and their dependents...

USCIS Policy Memo: Accommodating Religious Beliefs during Photograph and Fingerprint Capture

"This policy memorandum (PM) sets forth policy for the capture of photographs or fingerprints by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees and contractors during the course of their duties. This PM explains when accommodations are to be offered to individuals wearing religious...

USCIS Intercountry Adoption Memo

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance in two distinct areas pertaining to suitability determinations in intercountry adoption cases: 1. Jurisdiction over the suitability determination when an approved Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, expires, but a...

USCIS Posts Sept. 2012 Asylum Memo

USCIS, Jan. 29, 2013 : "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent this bulletin at 01/29/2013 06:46 PM EST. A USCIS memo has been posted . Subject: Asylum Division National Customer Access Standards - Date: Sept 28, 2012 ."

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment: Extension of OPT for STEM

SUBJECT: 17-Month Extension of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students Enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degree Programs "The purpose of this policy memorandum (PM) is to clarify the eligibility requirements for a 17-month extension...

Immigrants Closely Tied to Military Get Reprieve

"The Obama administration issued a new policy on Friday that will allow immigrants in the United States illegally who are close relatives of active military troops and veterans to stay and move toward becoming permanent residents. The long-awaited memorandum , coming after three years of deliberations...

DHS Clarifies Immigration Benefits for Family Members of Selected Reserve and Veterans

"On November 15, 2013, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sub-agency that administers immigration benefits, announced a new national “parole in place” policy that affects the immigrant parents, spouses...

June 2013 USCIS H-1B Anti-Fraud Memo

David E. Gluckman writes: " I filed a FOIA request with USCIS asking for a specific updated memorandum from June 2013 on H-1B Anti-Fraud measures. USCIS produced the memo , with some redactions. This may be of use to the community, as it outlines some specific "anti-fraud" measures USCIS...

USCIS Interim Memo: Hague Convention, Residence

Criteria for Determining Habitual Residence in the United States for Children from Hague Convention Countries "This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies the criteria to follow in determining whether or not the Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption...

USCIS Liberalizes Criteria for Determining Habitual Residence in Some Hague Convention Adoption Cases

"Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), there are three ways that adopted children can qualify as the children of a U.S. citizen parent for purposes of acquiring lawful permanent resident status, and generally derivative U.S. citizen status, through that adoptive parent....

USCIS Memo: Changes to Case Categories Requiring Asylum HQ Review

"The Asylum Division is revising the categories of affirmative asylum cases that require Headquarters (HQ) review, effective immediately." - USCIS, Jan. 27, 2014 .

New Lafferty Memo Raises Credible Fear Bar

"With a growing number of immigrants asking for asylum at the border, Department of Homeland Security officials have set new guidelines that raise the bar on who can enter the United States and formally file for protection, according to documents released Thursday. The internal U.S. Citizenship...

USCIS Revised Credible Fear (Lafferty) Memo, Lesson Plan

"This memorandum announces the release of a revised version of the ADOTC Lesson Plan , Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations, dated February 28, 2014 (the revised Credible Fear Lesson Plan) and describes the major changes in the lesson from previous versions." - USCIS, Feb...

USCIS TRIG Exemption Memo for KDP, PUK

"On December 19,2014, the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA FY 2015), Public Law (P.L.) 113-291, 128 Stat. 3292 (2014). Section 1264(a)(I) of the NDAA FY 2015 provides that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan...

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment - VAWA amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act: Continued Eligibility for Abused Spouses and Children

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers regarding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). The amendments provide for continued eligibility for adjustment of status under section 1 of...

USCIS Pulls Draft Memo on 'Role and Use of Interpreters' from Web

This memo (draft, 'Role and Use of Interpreters') was on the official USCIS website for a few days here . Now it's not. "This memo is in the process of being deleted until further notice," says the USCIS Public Engagement Division in an email, Nov. 10, 2015. For research and...

USCIS Posts Draft Policy Memo for Comment: Determining Whether a New Job is in “the Same or a Similar Occupational Classification” for Purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability

USCIS E-Mail dated Nov. 20, 2015 to stakeholders: "USCIS has posted the following draft policy memorandum for your review: Determining Whether a New Job is in “the Same or a Similar Occupational Classification” for Purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability Comment Process: Please...

USCIS Draft Policy Memo for Comment: The Role and Use of Interpreters

USCIS, Nov. 24, 2015 - "This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance regarding the role and use of interpreters, as well as ensures the consistent use of interpreters who appear before USCIS during certain interviews conducted in domestic field offices." "DRAFT FOR COMMENT ONLY Posted...

USCIS Posts Drafts on O Visas: Comment Period Ends 2-22-16

Jan. 21, 2016 DRAFT: Comparable Evidence Provision for O Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications DRAFT: REQUEST FOR EVIDENCE, Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, O-1B Extraordinary Ability in the Arts