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Administrative Decisions

The USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has jurisdiction over the appeals from decisions on most immigration petitions and applications that are entered by USCIS regional service centers and district offices.

There are numerous types of petitions and applications within the AAO’s jurisdiction, including employment-based immigration petitions, various waivers, legalization, and temporary protected status applications. The AAO produces appellate decisions that provide fair and legally supportable resolutions of individual applications and petitions for immigration benefits. These decisions provide guidance to applicants, petitioners, practitioners and government officials in the correct interpretation of immigration law, regulations and policy.

The decisions in this collection are published in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader 8 or higher to view them. You can download the latest version of Adobe Reader from the PDF Reader link at the bottom of this page.

Accessibility Note:

The PDFs from this section of our website may not be fully accessible under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Upon request, a fully accessible version will be provided to you. In order to request a fully accessible version, please indicate the date and code letter of the individual decision and the file name of the PDF. Requests may be sent to with a subject line of "Administrative Decisions".

Last updated: 05/02/2008

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