CBP Releases Officer's Reference Tool Documents

AILA, represented by the American Immigration Council and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a lawsuit to compel CBP compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and to request release of the CBP Officer's Reference Tool (ORT). The ORT replaced the CBP Inspector's Field Manual (IFM), which previously provided guidance regarding the inspection and admission of individuals into the United States at U.S. ports of entry. AILA seeks to ensure that CBP makes a copy of the ORT available to the public, as it did with the IFM.

AILA is posting the memos, guides, manuals, Standard Operating Procedures, and more, that is being released pursuant to the FOIA request. Given the large volume of documents received in response to this FOIA action, documents will be posted on a rolling basis. Check this page frequently for updates.

Title Date Type Topic
A Quick Guide to Modernizing TECS - Training and Production 5/11/15 Guides Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Admissibility and Advisory Network (AAN) - 35% Review Required of All Adverse Actions, or 100% Review if Core Category Error Rate Exceeds 5% - 5/15/15 Memos Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Abridged Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act (CRAA) Form I-877, Record of Sworn Statement in Administrative 5/27/15 Guides Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Abridged Standardized Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act Narrative 5/27/18 Guides Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Access to the Department of State Diplomatic Clearance Application System (DCAS) 2/7/08 Memos Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Addition of {Redacted} in the Traveler Primary Arrival Client 8/8/11 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Additional Aliens Final Rule Publication 1/16/09 Memos Admissibility Policy
Additional Countries Eligible for Travel under the VWP Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 - Memo 2/18/16 Memos Admissibility Policy
Additional Countries Eligible for Travel under the VWP Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 - Muster 2/18/16 Musters Admissibility Policy
Additional Streamlining of Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act (CRAA) Processing 5/27/15 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Admissibility Advisory Network Interim Standard Operating Procedures 3/12/13 SOPs Admissibility Policy
Admissibility Policy Review 6/10/13 Memos Admissibility Policy
Admissibility Processing and Family Units 2/25/16 Guides Admissibility Policy
Admission of R1 nonimmigrants 1/24/13 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Airport Wait Time Console 5/27/08 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Alien Admitted as a Non-Controlled Visitor Without an I-94 3/15/13 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Alien Transfer Exit Program 11/10/11 Memos Admissibility Policy
Amendment to Memorandum to the Field Regarding Lawful Permanent Resident's (LPRs) Evidence of LPR status at Ports of Entry 10/3/08 Memos Admissibility Policy
Amendment to the Follow up Guidance For Photo Comparison During Inspection Muster 12/4/13 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Annotating CBP Admission and Parole Stamps 3/27/13 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
APIS Operation and TECS Moderation 1/20/16 Memos Admissibility Policy
ARO I-212 Fee Increase Field Memo 11-2016 12/7/16 Memos Admissibility Policy
Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) Member Processing 7/29/10 Memos Admissibility Policy
Authoritative Guidance on Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States 2/1/17 Memos Admissibility Policy
Authorization for Visa Issuance and Admission for Certain Inadmissible Nonimmigrant Aliens 10/15/08 Memos Admissibility Policy
Authorization to Parole Select Crewmembers 3/8/04 Memos Admissibility Policy
Automated Passport Control Operation 3/9/15 Memos Admissibility Policy
Automated Passport Control Standard Operating Procedures 3/1/14 SOPs Admissibility Policy
Automatic Default Date for B-1 Nonimmigrants Time of Admission Extended to Six Months 6/21/10 Memos Admissibility Policy
Automatic Revalidation of Visas 5/23/12 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Automation of the CBP Form I-94W in the Air and Sea Environments 5/27/10 Memos Admissibility Policy
B-1 System Default Period of Admission Memo 6/21/10 Memos Admissibility Policy
Basic Elements of a Thorough Primary Inspection 11/27/09 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Biometric Mitigation Policy Revision 2/24/12 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Blanket HIV Waivers for Nonimmigrants 1/18/06 Memos Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Blanket Waiver of Passport Requirement for Holders of Turkish Republic of North Cyprus Travel Document 4/8/11 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Boarding and Inspection of Foreign Government and Foreign Military or State Vessels and Aircraft 7/8/13 Memos Admissibility Policy
Boarding and Inspection of Foreign Government and Military Aircraft 1/21/09 Memos Admissibility Policy
C1-D Crew Visa Fraud 3/19/07 Memos Admissibility Policy
Canadian Boater Landing Permit Standard Operating Procedures 12/22/06 Memos Admissibility Policy
Canadian Landed Immigrants and Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign 2/1/17 Memos Admissibility Policy
Carrier Fines and the Exercise of Discretion 8/8/12 Memos Admissibility Policy
Carrier Liaison Update Processing of First Time Refugees 9/10/15 Memos Admissibility Policy
CBP Customs Declaration (CBP Form 6059B) Transition to New 04 14 Version and Use of Fillable Format Form 6/24/14 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
CBP Customs Declaration (CBP Form 6059B) compliance with the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 3/23/16 Memos Admissibility Policy
CBP Form 623 Custody Receipt for Seized Entry Documents 3/1/10 Guides Admissibility Policy
CBP Headquarters Points of Contact for Cuba Air Service Program Expansion 12/1/11 Memos Admissibility Policy
CBP Officers Shall Maintain All Systems Access 5/13/11 Memos Admissibility Policy
CBP Policy on Equal Treatment of Same Sex Married Couples as Opposite Sex Married Couples 3/2/15 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Change Default Class Code Amount 12/22/16 Guides Admissibility Policy
Change in I-89 Requirement 6/11/15 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Change in I-94 Data Entry Vendor 10/9/14 Musters Admissibility Policy
Change of Circumstance - Preclearance Flights 7/2/12 Memos Admissibility Policy
Changes to Admission under the Religious Worker (R-1) Classification Resulting from the Final Religious Worker Rule 12/16/08 Memos Admissibility Policy
Changes to Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) 6/29/12 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Changes to Form I-90 Lockbox Addresses and Policy Changes for Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed Permanent Resident Cards 6/2/09 Musters Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Changes to Parole and Expedited Removal Policies Specific to Cuban Nationals 1/13/17 Musters Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Changes and Expedited Removal Policies Specific to Cuban Nationals 1/13/17 Memos Admissibility Policy
Changes to the SEVIS I-20A-B and I-20M-N Forms 5/19/15 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Changes to the SEVIS Login Process Muster 12/7/15 Musters Admissibility Policy
Changes to the SEVIS Login Process 12/7/15 Memos Admissibility Policy
Children in Parents' Passports 8/5/11 Memos Admissibility Policy
Clarification of Port of Entry L-1 Petition Processing and Appropriate Filing Fee Collections 4/22/11 Memos Admissibility Policy
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands-Only Parole 11/23/09 Memos Admissibility Policy
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana islands Transition Worker Classification 10/17/11 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Commuter Permanent Resident Cards (Form I-551) Sent to CBP Ports of Entry 7/1/10 Memos Admissibility Policy
Compact of Free Association, as amended, with the Federated States of Micronesia 8/24/04 Memos Admissibility Policy
Compact of Free Association, as amended, with the Republic of the Marshall Islands 4/30/04 Memos Admissibility Policy
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase) 1/7/16 Memos Admissibility Policy
Continued Vigilance When Conducting Primary Inspections 2/16/11 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Controlled Deliveries, Cold Convoys and Passthrough Operations at Ports of Entry 2/18/10 SOPs Admissibility Policy
Correction of Erroneous Admission 7/30/13 Memos Admissibility Policy
Correction of Erroneous Records of Admission (I-94 Corrections) 4/6/10 Memos Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Creating an Abscondee/Deserter ‹Redacted› 2/25/13 Memos Admissibility Policy
Creation of Admissibility Advisory Centers 11/08/12 Memos Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} ‹Redacted› Custody Enhancements 7/12/16 Musters Admissibility Policy
Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest 2/20/17 Memos Admissibility Policy
Erroneous Admissions and Corrections 4/19/10 Musters Admissibility Policy
Fraud and Misrepresentation Threshold Guidance 4/6/06 Memos Admissibility Policy
Fraud Prevention Program 10/14/08 Memos Admissibility Policy
Fraudulent Document Analysis Unit (FDAU) Update 9/29/15 Memos Admissibility Policy
Guidance on the Use of Interpreters and Interpreter Services; IFM Update IN03-44 8/12/03 Memos Admissibility Policy
Implementation of Admissibility Advisory Networks 3/13/13 Memos Admissibility Policy
Implementation of Court Order regarding Flores Settlement Agreement 10/19/15 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies 2/20/17 Memos Admissibility Policy
New Advance Parole-Employment Authorization Combo Card 1/31/11 Musters Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} New Disposition Code for {Redacted} 2/26/14 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
New HH-6 Class of Admission for Haitian Orphan Parolees 1/24/11 Musters Admissibility Policy
New I-94 Retrieval Website 2/24/15 Memos Admissibility Policy
New J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa Subcategory for Same-Sex Domestic Partners of U.S. Foreign Service Officers 4/8/11 Memos Admissibility Policy
New TECS Disposition Code for Silent Paroles 2/25/14 Musters Admissibility Policy
New U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Parole Programs 10/15/15 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Non-immigrant Classifications in CBP Systems 12/11/12 Musters Admissibility Policy
Nonimmigrant Unforeseen Emergency Waiver Under Section 212(d)(4)(A) of the Immigrant and Nationality Act-IFM Update IN02-29 9/30/02 Memos Admissibility Policy
North American Free Trade Agreement Admissibility Reference Guide 6/27/12 Memos Admissibility Policy
Operating Procedure for Section 289 North American Indian Born in Canada, Adjustment of Status and Completion of Form I-181 2/1/13 SOPs Admissibility Policy
Parole of Citizens of Russia into Guam 12/14/11 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Parole of Inadmissible Nonimmigrant Aliens - Revised 5/12/15 Memos Admissibility Policy
Parole of Inadmissible Nonimmigrant Aliens (Revised) 12/16/14 Memos Admissibility Policy
Parole of Inadmissible Nonimmigrant Aliens 11/19/14 Musters Admissibility Policy
Parole to Join a Foreign-Flagged Vessel in Puerto Rico 1/7/13 Memos Admissibility Policy
Paroles for Information Media Representatives 5/18/04 Memos Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Paroling Arriving Fugitives 8/8/12 Memos Admissibility Policy
Pasqua Yaqui Tribe Enhanced Tribal Card 7/20/10 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Redacted {Probably} Path Forward for the CBP Officer (Enforcement) Position 1/19/16 Memos Admissibility Policy
Processing Expedited Removal Cases 10/2/14 Memo/Muster Admissibility Policy
Promoting the Use of Discretionary Authority 12/31/07 Memos Admissibility Policy
Withdrawal of Application Procedures at Ports of Entry 3/9/15 Memos Admissibility Policy

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 18112701.