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Headquarters Guidance Documents Collection

This page contains guidance documents that DHS headquarters components issue to help the public understand how DHS administers its statutory and regulatory authorities. You can find further information about DHS guidance documents, including guidance documents issued by other DHS components, at https://www.dhs.gov/guidance.

In general, guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract.