September 6, 2011 PM-602-0048
SUBJECT: Continued Eligibility to File for Child VAWA Self-Petitioners After Attaining
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.