A June 18, 2001 Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) field memo reminds INS officers that an application for change of nonimmigrant status is considered abandoned if the alien on whose behalf it was filed departs the United States before the application is adjudicated. The memo instructs INS adjudicators to deny a change of status application if they determine that the applicant had departed the U.S. while the application was pending. On a lighter note, the memo also states that traveling outside the U.S. while an extension of stay application is pending does not constitute abandonment of the extension application. [INS memo HQ 70/6.2.9, Tom Cook (June 18, 2001)] AMDOC #: 200206044