In 2022, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began creating a centralized online repository for USCIS's immigration policies called the USCIS Policy Manual ("the Manual"), a tool to assist and further consistency in the decisions rendered by immigration officers. The Manual also establishes procedure around certain nuances of immigration policy. Consequently, USCIS has established new procedures around the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petition.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on November 28, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Pineda, Marcy, "The USCIS Policy Manual: Exercising Questionable Authority through Obscure Language" (2022). ERSJ Blog. 39.