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Chapter 10 – Memoranda

This chapter includes Director's Memoranda (DM) and Policy Memoranda (PM).


DM 24-01 (PDF) Children's Cases in Immigration Court

DM 23-04 (PDF) Department of Homeland Security Enforcement Priorities and Prosecutorial Discretion Initiatives 

DM 23-03 (PDF) The Role of Child Advocates in Immigration Court

DM 23-02 (PDF) Language Access in Immigration Court

DM 23-01 (PDF) The Status Docket

DM 22-08 (PDF) The Asylum Procedures Rule

DM 22-07 (PDF) Internet-Based Hearings

DM 22-06 (PDF) Friend of the Court

DM 22-05 (PDF) Cancellation of Policy Memoranda 19-05, 21-06, and 21-13

DM 22-04 (PDF) Filing Deadlines in Non-Detained Cases

DM 22-03 (PDF) Administrative Closure

DM 22-02 (PDF) Updated Guidance on EOIR's Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak 

DM 22-01 (PDF) Encouraging and Facilitating Pro Bono Legal Services

Policy Memoranda (PM) that served the sole purpose of rescinding previous Operating Policies and Procedures Memoranda (OPPMs) are not included in the EOIR Reference Materials.  The absence of those documents does not reverse their effect, and any policies canceled by those PM remain canceled.

PM 20-16, OCAHO Settlement Officer Program, has been incorporated into the OCAHO Practice Manual.  Accordingly, it is not included as a separate document in the EOIR Reference Materials.


PM 21-28 (PDF) Cancellation of Policy Memorandum 21-07 and New Method for Updating Adjournment, Call-Up, and Case Identification Codes

PM 21-27 (PDF) Terminology

PM 21-26 (PDF) Migrant Protection Protocols and Motions to Reopen

PM 21-25 (PDF) Effect of Department of Homeland Security Enforcement Priorities

PM 21-24 (PDF) Cancellation of Policy Memorandum 21-10 and Information on EOIR Fees and Fee Waivers

PM 21-23 (PDF) Dedicated Docket

PM 21-22 (PDF) Cancellation of Policy Memorandum 21-09

PM 21-21 (PDF) Cancellation of Policy Memorandum 20-04

PM 21-20 (PDF) Cancellation of Policy Memorandum 19-12

PM 21-19 (PDF) Cancellation of Policy Memoranda 19-02 and 19-03

PM 21-18 (PDF) Revised Case Flow Processing Before the Immigration Courts

PM 21-17 (PDF) Cancellation of Policy Memorandum 21-05

PM 21-16 (PDF) Cancellation of Policy Memorandum 20-01

PM 21-15 (PDF) Adjudicator Independence and Impartiality

PM 21-14 (PDF) Rulemakings and Federal Court Orders

PM 21-03 (PDF) Immigration Court Hearings Conducted by Telephone and Video Teleconferencing

PM 21-01 (PDF) Guidelines for the Implementation of the Settlement Agreement in Mendez Rojas v. Wolf

PM 20-12 (PDF) Adjudicating Applications for CNMI Resident Status and Extending the Asylum Application Bar for Certain Persons in the CNMI

PM 20-11 (PDF) Filings and Signatures

PM 20-09 (PDF) The Immigration Court Practice Manual and Orders

PM 20-07 (PDF) Case Management and Docketing Practices

PM 20-06 (PDF) Section 7611 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, Public Law 116-92

PM 20-02 (PDF) Administrative Review of Recognition and Accreditation Determinations

PM 19-14 (PDF) Allegations of Misconduct by EOIR Adjudicators and Ex Parte Communications

PM 19-11 (PDF) "No Dark Courtrooms"

PM 19-10 (PDF) Policy for Public Use of Electronic Devices in EOIR Space

PM 19-09 (PDF) OCAHO Case Completion Goals

PM 19-08 (PDF) Acceptance of Notices to Appear and Use of the Interactive Scheduling System

PM 19-07 (PDF) Identifying and Reporting Fraud and Abuse

PM 19-06 (PDF) Internal Reporting of Suspected Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Professional Misconduct

PM 19-01 (PDF) New Format for Memoranda and Cancellation of OPPMs

All Operating Policies and Procedures Memoranda (OPPM) remaining in effect were issued prior to 2018.  Thus, technical details throughout the documents in this subchapter reflect the period of the documents' enactments and may not represent current terminology.  Such details include, but are not limited to, references to types of immigration proceedings, citations, contact information, and EOIR technology systems.  Unless context indicates otherwise, any such references in the OPPM should be read to refer to the most current terminology.


OPPM 23-01 (PDF) Enforcement Actions in or Near OCIJ Space

OPPM 18-01 (PDF) Change of Venue (Replaces OPPM 01-02)

OPPM 17-04 (PDF) Applications for Cancellation of Removal or Suspension of Deportation that are Subject to the Cap

OPPM 17-03 (PDF) Guidelines for Immigration Court Cases Involving Juveniles, Including Unaccompanied Alien Children (Cancelled December 21, 2023, by DM 24-01)

OPPM 10-01 (PDF) Procedures for Handling Requests for a Stipulated Removal Order

OPPM 09-02 (PDF) Protective Orders and the Sealing of Records in Immigration Proceedings (Replaces OPPM 02-02)

OPPM 09-01 (PDF) Classified Information in Immigration Court Proceedings (Replaces OPPM 98-10)

OPPM 05-04 (PDF) Security Guidelines in Detention Facilities

OPPM 05-03 (PDF) Background and Security Investigations in Proceedings Before Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals 

OPPM 05-02 (PDF) Procedures for Issuing Recusal Orders in Immigration Proceedings

OPPM 04-08 (PDF) Contact Interpreter Services (Replaces OPPM 04-05)

OPPM 03-06 (PDF) Procedures for Going Off-Record During Proceedings (Supplements OPPM 98-2)

OPPM 01-01 (PDF) Immigration Court Evaluation Program

OPPM 99-5 (PDF) Implementation of Article 3 of the UN Convention Against Torture

OPPM 98-2 (PDF) Guidelines for Recording Immigration Hearings (Replaces OPPM 83-3) 

OPPM 97-8 (PDF) Naturalization Oath Ceremonies

OPPM 97-7 (PDF) Procedures for Identifying Potential Battered Spouse/Battered Child Cases 

OPPM 97-3 (PDF) Procedures for Credible Fear and Claimed Status Reviews (Interim) 

OPPM 97-2 (PDF) Notices of Immigration Judge Hearings (Interim) 

OPPM 96-6 (PDF) Arrests by INS Officers in or near Immigration Court Facilities 

OPPM 93-1 (PDF) Immigration Judges Decisions and Orders 

OPPM 88-9 (PDF) Courtroom Security 

OPPM 84-9 (PDF) Processing Hearing Transcriptions

OPPM 84-1 (PDF) Case Priorities and Processing