Adopted Decision [Immigration] Law and Legal Definition

Adopted decision refers to an Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision, binding on all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudication officers, but not yet published. The 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. 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.