Supplemental Guidance to USCIS Service Centers on Adam Walsh Act Adjudication - Centralization of Identified Adam Walsh Act Related Petitions at the Vermont Service Center for Adjudication and Review (AFM Update AD11-23) [open pdf - 92KB]
"This memorandum provides guidance to USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] service centers regarding changes in the handling of all stand-alone I-130 and I-129F petitions filed by petitioners who have been convicted of any 'specified offense against a minor' under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 ('Adam Walsh Act' or 'AWA') and related issues. This memorandum applies only to petitions that are adjudicated at the service centers and not to petitions adjudicated at USCIS field offices. [...] This memorandum outlines operational changes to the handling and adjudication of these cases by service centers. Centralization of AWA-related adjudications at one designated service center will: 1) Promote consistency in the adjudication of these sensitive and complex adjudications; 2) Promote uniformity and transparency in the application of the 'no-risk' standard; 3) Enhance efficiency by developing a highly trained team of adjudicators; 4) Enhance the integrity of the adjudications process by enabling the team of adjudicators to identify and address sensitive and unique issues quickly; and 5) Enhance case management and tracking through centralized filing. The centralization of identified AWA-related adjudications at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) will enable USCIS to process these sensitive cases more efficiently and expeditiously."
Policy Memorandum: PM-602-0033
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/