New USCIS Policy Manual: A Great Overview of Immigration Process


Just last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) announced the release of its new USCIS Policy Manual, consisting of several distinct volumes, each relating to a different aspect of immigration policy and procedure.

This manual is the result of an extensive review of all adjudication and service policies, including a survey of members of the public and the USCIS workforce. USCIS received approximately 8,000 survey responses that helped to guide the development of the manual. For USCIS staff, training has been conducted to ensure familiarity with the new online tool and its content.

The new tool features an overview of general policies and procedures, as well as distinctly separate volumes dedicated to policy and procedure for:

  • Immigrants;
  • Non-immigrants;
  • Refugees; and
  • Asylees.

The manual also contains volumes related to:

  • Citizenship and naturalization;
  • Adjustments of status;
  • Protection and parole; and
  • Waivers.

For those we are concerned about identity documents relating to travel and employment, there is a separate volume for that as well.

The USCIS Policy Manual page on the USCIS site offers up the entire manual, in volume by volume clicks, for those who are interested. It is not necessarily light reading, and it does not clarify all of the legal interpretations of policy and procedure made by courts and hearing officers, but it can help a bewildered individual to answer questions about many different aspect of the immigration process.

Of course, you still need a qualified and experienced lawyer to navigate the process as quickly and effectively as possible. So, if you need help with an immigration problem, do not hesitate to contact our office at (847) 564-0712 to speak with a reputable and knowledgeable immigration lawyer. You can also check out our immigration law Website for more information on how we might assist you.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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