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  1. December 2020

    1. December 2, 2020

      DOS tightens visa restrictions for Chinese Communist Party members

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 24, 2020

      DOS imposes bond pilot program for business, tourists visas from certain countries

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor Bureau of Consular AffairsICE Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 20, 2020

      State Department proposes new rule impacting intercountry adoption

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedCitizenship Bureau of Consular Affairs Proposed Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 26, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 Status

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor Bureau of Consular Affairs Proposed Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. October 21, 2020

      DOS proposes rule ending "B-1 in lieu of H" policy

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor Bureau of Consular Affairs Proposed Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. October 21, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    4. October 17, 2020

      POTUS issues EO 13894, excluding individuals related to conflict in Syria, Turkish officials

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas Bureau of Consular AffairsCBP Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 7, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to J-1 visa waiver recommendation application

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based Bureau of Consular Affairs Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    6. October 1, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS provides information on national interest exceptions for certain travelers from Europe

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. September 2020

    1. September 30, 2020

      DOS releases instructions for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 15, 2020

      DOS publishes FAQ on J Visa Processing Under Presidential Proclamation 10052

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based Bureau of Consular AffairsDOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. September 15, 2020

      DOS releases guidance on DV-2020 adjudications after Gomez v. Trump ruling

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2020

    1. August 31, 2020

      DOS announces high prioritization of K visas

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Family-Based Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 25, 2020

      DOS and DHS temporarily expand interview waiver eligibility

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2020

    1. July 14, 2020

      POTUS issues Executive Order on Hong Kong, affecting visas

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2020

    1. May 29, 2020

      POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of certain students and researchers from China

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Student CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 28, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP/TSA restrict arrivals of flights carrying persons traveling from Brazil

      Enforcement CBPTSABureau of Consular Affairs Rescinded Change in Practice
    3. May 4, 2020

      National Visa Center no longer accepts inquiries by mail

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Special Immigrant Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2020

    1. March 26, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS informs medical professionals of continuing ability to request visa appointments

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS suspends visa services worldwide

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs In LitigationReplaced Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. February 2020

    1. February 19, 2020

      USCIS opens application period for new status for long-term residents of CNMI

      HumanitarianImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2020

    1. January 31, 2020

      POTUS issues Presidential Proclamation 9983, adding six new countries to Travel Ban

      Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. January 24, 2020

      State Department aims to limit 'birth tourism' with new visa rule

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. January 23, 2020

      USCIS announces Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 or E-2 visas due to treaty termination

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based Bureau of Consular AffairsUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. January 14, 2020

      POTUS issues EO 13902, suspending entry of Iranians with certain industry connections

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant VisasBorder CBPBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2019

    1. October 31, 2019

      State Department clarifies standard of review for blanket L visa applications

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 11, 2019

      State Department acts on 'Public Charge' changes, including issuing Interim Final Rule

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule
    3. October 4, 2019

      POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of immigrants unable to obtain health care

      Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs In Litigation Presidential Orders
  1. August 2019

    1. August 20, 2019

      Reported: DOS Changes Validity Of E Visas For French Citizens

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 2, 2019

      USCIS to terminate Haitian Family Reunification Parole program and Filipino World War II Veterans Parole program

      Humanitarian USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency DirectiveProgram Termination

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2019

    1. July 26, 2019

      POTUS issues EO 13882, suspending entry of persons engaged in certain activities in Mali

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 23, 2019

      DOS imposes visa restrictions on Nigerians

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2019

    1. June 19, 2019

      DOS seeks approval to collect information from A, G, or NATO visa applicants

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 7, 2019

      US recognizes five-year extension of validity for Venezuelan passports

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2019

    1. May 21, 2019

      State Department confirms effective date for final rule on Electronic Visa Update System

      Non-Immigrant Visas: VisitorNon-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 16, 2019

      State Department Imposes and Waives PLO and PA Visa Denials

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 6, 2019

      State Department limits requirement to refer nonimmigrant inadmissibility waiver requests

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2019

    1. April 29, 2019

      Secretary of State excepts activities related to Kataeb militias from terrorism related inadmissibility grounds under INA 212(a)(3)(B)(i)

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas ICEUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 22, 2019

      State Department and DHS announce reciprocal investor visa with Israel

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 22, 2019

      DOS instructs consular officers to "discontinue granting" visas in countries that do not accept their citizens when removed from the United States

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas ICEUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 22, 2019

      White House directs agencies to tighten B-1/B-2 visitor visa enforcement

      Non-Immigrant Visas: VisitorNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular AffairsUSCISICECBPAG Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. April 9, 2019

      Secretary of State delegates authority to waive visa bans for certain Burmese nationals

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2019

    1. February 5, 2019

      USCIS closes field office in Moscow, Russia

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2019

    1. January 31, 2019

      DHS and DOS impose visa sanctions on Ghana

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2018

    1. October 1, 2018

      DOS stops issuing diplomatic visas to unmarried same-sex partners

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 10, 2018

      DHS imposes visa sanctions on Laos and Myanmar for failure to accept nationals.

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 1, 2018

      DOS advises it is processing visas according to Travel Ban post-Supreme Court decision

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
  1. June 2018

    1. June 25, 2018

      State Department requires electronic filing for EB-5 applications

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 11, 2018

      Reported: Visas for Chinese students and researchers in sensitive areas restricted

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2018

    1. May 31, 2018

      Secretary of State delegates Special Immigrant authority

      Immigrant Visas: Special Immigrant USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 5, 2018

      DOS announces end of bilateral investment treaty with Ecuador and limits future E-2 visas for Ecuadorians

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Program Termination

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2018

    1. April 18, 2018

      USCIS clarifies parental physical presence requirements for child born abroad

      Citizenship USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 10, 2018

      POTUS issues Presidential Proclamation, removing Chad from Travel Ban

      Non-Immigrant Visas: VisitorImmigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. March 2018

    1. March 12, 2018

      DOS updates language on inadmissibility for application denials.

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 10, 2018

      State Department announces New Delhi consulate will cease to issue certain family-related visas

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 6, 2018

      Reported: State Dept. grants few travel ban waivers

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Reported Change in Practice
    4. March 1, 2018

      State Dept. plans to propose rule creating a presumption against waiver of J-visa two-year return requirement

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Rescinded Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    5. March 1, 2018

      State Dept. considers amending regulation to include medical examinations for all K Visa applicants

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Family-Based Bureau of Consular Affairs In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2018

    1. January 26, 2018

      State Department issues guidance on issuing visas for less than full reciprocity period

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2017

    1. December 15, 2017

      DHS adds requirements for countries to participate in Visa Waiver Program

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 2, 2017

      U.S. ends participation in Global Compact on Migration

      RefugeesImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular AffairsBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationOther Final/Actual Program Termination

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2017

    1. November 20, 2017

      USCIS issues new standards for adoption from Hague Convention countries.

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedCitizenship USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 16, 2017

      DOS restricts visas for certain Cambodian officials

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2017

    1. October 10, 2017

      DOJ and DOS sign agreement on employer visa misconduct

      EnforcementWorkplace EnforcementEmployment Verification IERBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 8, 2017

      White House releases details on interior enforcement principles and policies

      Sanctuary RestrictionsInteriorDetention ICEBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2017

    1. September 24, 2017

      POTUS issues Presidential Proclamation 9645, restricting visas as part of travel ban Executive Order 13780

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. September 21, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13810, barring categories of North Koreans from entry

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. September 13, 2017

      DHS imposes visa sanctions on four countries for failure to accept return of nationals

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular AffairsUSCISICECBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. September 5, 2017

      DOS allows CBP to waive visa requirements in emergencies

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2017

    1. August 1, 2017

      DOS expands presumption of misrepresentation for nonimmigrants

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2017

    1. July 14, 2017

      DOS issues expanded definition of "close familial relationship" under EO 13780

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 12, 2017

      DOS issues vetting standards for countries under EO 13780 Travel Ban

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2017

    1. June 30, 2017

      DHS changes Affidavit of Support sponsorship forms to reflect Public Charge Rule

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 28, 2017

      DOS implements Travel Ban after preliminary injunctions lifted

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    3. June 21, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13802, removing three-week timeline requirement for consular non-immigrant visa interviews

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2017

    1. April 18, 2017

      POTUS issues "Buy American and Hire American" EO 13788, calling for H-1B reform proposals

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOLBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. April 7, 2017

      DOS accepts EU Laissez-Passer as "passport"

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2017

    1. March 17, 2017

      DOS issues new guidance for heightened vetting of visa applicants

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 10, 2017

      DOS issues guidance for issuing visas under EO 13780 (Travel Ban 2)

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. March 6, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13780, extending travel ban and instructing agencies to enhance screening of certain foreign nationals

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    4. March 6, 2017

      President issues memo implementing heightened vetting of visa applications and reporting requirements

      RefugeesNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular AffairsBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationORRUSCISDHSDOJ Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. February 2017

    1. February 22, 2017

      DOS changes guidance for B-1 Visa eligiblity for noncitizens seeking E-2 or EB-5 visas.

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based Bureau of Consular AffairsUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2017

    1. January 27, 2017

      DOS revokes nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for seven countries subject to Travel Ban

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. January 24, 2017

      DOS amends FAM to allow for DNA tests to establish sibling relationships

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect