From USCIS: On November 18, 2015, the legacy Volume 9 of the Foreign Affairs Manual (9 FAM) will be replaced by the 9 FAM-e. As of this date the 9 FAM-e will become the authoritative source for visa guidance.
The new 9 FAM-e represents the revision and reorganization of more
than 4,000 pages of the legacy 9 FAM content that traditionally
paralleled Volume 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
While the new 9
FAM-e overhauls language and organization, it does not alter substance.
Guidance is not changed, but rather presented in an improved way. The
former interpretive and procedural notes, along with appendices were
The new 9 FAM-e adopts a hierarchical structure that is both
more logical and better suited to modern search technologies. The
revised 9 FAM-e uses a new citation system that is similar to the
citation system used in other volumes of the Foreign Affairs Manual and
Foreign Affairs Handbook.
The Department also developed crosswalk
tables correlating old citations with new, so that users can match new
sections with former locations in the legacy FAM and vice versa.