• Clarifies that USCIS gives deference to prior determinations when adjudicating extension
requests involving the same parties and facts unless there was a material error, material change
in circumstances or in eligibility, or new material information that adversely impacts the
petitioner’s, applicant’s, or beneficiary’s eligibility.
• Affirms that USCIS considers, but does not defer to, previous eligibility determinations on
petitions or applications made by other U.S. government agencies; that officers make
determinations on the evidence of record in the petition or application under adjudication.