Policy Memorandum: Instructions for Handling Regressed Visa Number (Employment-Based and Family- Based) Adjustment of Status Cases Interviewed at USCIS Field Offices; Revision to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 20.1(e) (AFM Update AD 11-02) [open pdf - 343KB]
"This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] offices with instructions for handling regressed visa number Adjustment of Status cases (employment-based and family-based) interviewed at USCIS field offices on or after January 1, 2011. This memorandum: 1) Standardizes the handling of visa-regressed cases throughout USCIS field offices nationwide; 2) Eliminates the need for USCIS field offices to request allocation of a visa number for an otherwise eligible applicant for whom a visa number is unavailable at the time of interview; 3) Centralizes the storage of each case type at designated locations; 4) Facilitates the collection of performance data to enable generation of statistical reports and to improve case tracking and inventory control of visa regressed cases; and 5) Offers better visibility to the Department of State (DOS) Visa Office of USCIS inventory levels so that they can better plan and manage the movement of priority dates displayed within their monthly visa bulletin. This PM also provides specific instructions regarding the handling of regressed visa number cases for which USCIS field offices have already requested, but not yet received, allocated visa numbers. Such cases must be shipped to the locations specified in this memorandum by December 31, 2010."
Policy Memorandum: PM-602-0015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/