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USCIS Policy and Procedural Memoranda on Adoptions, Battered Spouses and Conditional Residence

These are memoranda which have been issued by USCIS on these topics. You will need the free Adobe Reader software available here to view these files.

  1. USCIS Policy and Procedural Memoranda on Adoptions

    June, 2003

    The “Adjudicate Orphan Status First” Pilot Program (239KB PDF)
    William R. Yates HQOPS
    06/04/2003

    May, 2003

    Additional Guidance: Processing Fingerprint Checks Prior to the Filing of Form I-600 Abroad (80KB PDF)
    William R. Yates HQOPS
    05/13/2003

    April, 2003

    Processing Fingerprint Checks Prior to the Filing of Form I-600 Abroad (100KB PDF)
    William R. Yates /s/ Janis Sposato HQISD
    04/07/2003

    December, 2001

    Suspension of Adjudication of Cambodian Orphan Petitions (106KB PDF)
    James W. Ziglar HQCOM
    12/21/2001

    January, 2001

    Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (69KB PDF)
    Thomas E. Cook HQADN
    01/17/2001

    November, 2000

    Guidance on Processing Petitions for Adopted Alien Children Less Than 18 Years of Age Considered a “Child” Under the Immigration and Nationality Act Through Public Law 106-139 (81KB PDF)
    Michael A. Pearson HQADN
    11/13/2000

  2. USCIS Policy and Procedural Memoranda on Battered Spouses

  3. USCIS Policy and Procedural Memoranda on Conditional Residence