September 6, 2011  PM-602-0048 
Policy Memorandum 
SUBJECT: Continued Eligibility to File for Child VAWA Self-Petitioners After Attaining 
Age 21;  
        Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.14 (AFM Update 
This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
(USCIS) officers regarding an amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) that 
provides for continued eligibility for certain individuals to file a VAWA self-petition as a child 
after attaining age 21, but before attaining age 25.  The guidance contained in this PM is 
effective immediately and in advance of regulatory amendments.

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