Thursday, July 29, 2010

USCIS Policy Memo on T and U Visas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a final policy memorandum entitled “William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008: Changes to T and U Nonimmigrant Status and Adjustment of Status Provisions; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 23.5 and 39 (AFM Update AD10-38) ” [PM 602-0004]. The policy memorandum informs immigration services officers who adjudicate petitions for T and U nonimmigrant status and related applications for adjustment of status about new legislation affecting the T and U nonimmigrant programs.  Please note that the memorandum can be viewed by visiting the Feedback Updates section at

The draft memorandum was posted for public comment on the USCIS website from May 17 – June 1, 2010.  USCIS received 6 comments and approved the final policy memorandum on July 21, 2010. 

To learn more about this process and to provide your input on future draft memoranda, please visit the Draft Memorandum for Comment section on the USCIS website.  Please feel free to contact the Office of Public Engagement at


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