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  1. January 2021

    1. January 15, 2021

      USCIS requests comments on proposed revisions to Form N-400

      Naturalization USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. December 2020

    1. December 8, 2020

      USCIS updates Policy Manual chart regarding citizenship for children born out of wedlock pre-1934

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 30, 2020

      USCIS provides new edition of Form N-644, Application for Posthumous Citizenship

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 24, 2020

      DHS provides Q&As on USCIS’s processing of concurrently pending Forms N-400 and I-751

      Immigrant VisasNaturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. November 23, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on disability accommodations for naturalization applicants

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. November 18, 2020

      USCIS updates Policy Manual to clarify lawful admission requirements for naturalization

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. November 13, 2020

      USCIS revises naturalization test, making civics portion more difficult

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. October 2020

    1. October 16, 2020

      DHS 'ratifies' prior actions by former Acting Secretary and USCIS Deputy Director

      EnforcementHumanitarianNon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant VisasNaturalization DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2020

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 2, 2020

      USCIS revises guidance regarding forms and fees to align with USCIS fee rule

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in PracticeForms and Information CollectionRule
  1. August 2020

    1. August 3, 2020

      USCIS issues final rule increasing fees

      Asylum, Withholding and CATImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
  1. July 2020

    1. July 21, 2020

      POTUS issues memorandum excluding undocumented immigrants from apportionment base

      Citizenship Other Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. June 2020

    1. June 26, 2020

      DOS removes defunct immigrant visa classification regulation for certain former U.S. citizens

      Immigrant Visas: Special ImmigrantCitizenship DOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 17, 2020

      COVID-19: DOE excludes certain noncitizen students from pandemic aid

      HumanitarianCitizenship Other Final/Actual Rule
  1. May 2020

    1. May 6, 2020

      USCIS allows military personnel and veterans to file naturalization applications online

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
  1. April 2020

    1. April 24, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on false claims of US citizenship

      EnforcementCitizenship USCISICECBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 3, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS temporarily limits in-person passport services

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2020

    1. March 17, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS temporarily suspends in-person services

      Asylum, Withholding and CATCitizenship USCIS Rescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. March 5, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on submission of benefit requests

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2020

    1. February 26, 2020

      DOJ announces OIL unit dedicated to denaturalization cases

      Hearings and AdjudicationsNaturalizationCitizenship USCISDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 26, 2020

      USCIS clarifies effect of breaks in continuity of residence on eligibility for naturalization

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. February 10, 2020

      DHS to collect social media information on certain CBP and USCIS forms

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalization CBPUSCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
  1. January 2020

    1. January 31, 2020

      USCIS shifts to requiring citizens residing abroad to file Form I-130 online except in very limited circumstances

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedCitizenship USCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 30, 2020

      USCIS issues guidance on biometrics services and fingerprint waivers

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalizationHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2019

    1. December 13, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance on "unlawful acts" for good moral character evaluations

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. December 10, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance regarding post-sentencing changes and DUI convictions

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 9, 2019

      DOS clarifies passport regulations for applicants with delinquent tax debt

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2019

    1. August 14, 2019

      USCIS publishes revised forms consistent with the final rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection
    2. August 9, 2019

      USCIS announces closure of Seoul office

      Citizenship USCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 9, 2019

      USCIS plans to close several international field offices

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship DOSUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2019

    1. July 11, 2019

      POTUS issues EO 13880 on Collecting Information about Citizenship Status in Connection with 2020 Census

      Citizenship DHSDOSHHSSSA Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. June 2019

    1. June 30, 2019

      USCIS extends benefits for certain CNMI residents

      HumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive
    2. June 17, 2019

      USCIS will transfer some green card and naturalization cases to field offices

      Immigrant VisasNaturalization USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2019

    1. Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. April 2019

    1. April 26, 2019

      USCIS proposes revisions to N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2019

    1. March 13, 2019

      SSA creates information collection system to track beneficiaries' absences from the U.S. to combat improper payments

      CitizenshipImmigrant VisasHumanitarian SSA Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 12, 2019

      USCIS to close most of its international field offices

      HumanitarianImmigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 7, 2019

      DHS to share records with Census Bureau to produce citizenship data for 2020 Census

      Citizenship DHSOther Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2019

    1. February 1, 2019

      USCIS requests comment on proposed revision to Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 1, 2019

      USCIS requests comment on proposed revisions to Form N-336, Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2019

    1. January 29, 2019

      USCIS announces online filing for forms N-600 and N-600K

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 16, 2019

      USCIS updates guidance regarding secure identity documents

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2018

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 6, 2018

      DOS revises Form DS-3077, Request for Entry into Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    3. December 6, 2018

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-5506, Local U.S. Citizen Skills/Resources Survey

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2018

    1. November 16, 2018

      USCIS consolidates data on its website into one page entitled Immigration and Citizenship Data

      CitizenshipImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. November 9, 2018

      USCIS amends guidance on suitability of prospective parents for intercountry adoption

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedCitizenship USCISDOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2018

    1. October 30, 2018

      USCIS phases out self-scheduled Infopass appointments

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 12, 2018

      USCIS clarifies marriage and marital union requirements for naturalization

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 3, 2018

      USCIS begins administering naturalization test through digital tablet

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2018

    1. September 26, 2018

      USCIS clarifies naturalization eligibility for children

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 17, 2018

      USCIS revises Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianNaturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 30, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    2. August 29, 2018

      Reports of denials of passports to US citizens born near Mexican border

      Citizenship USCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 15, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    4. August 9, 2018

      DOS requests comment on proposed revisions to Form DS-5507, Affidavit of Physical Presence for Birth Abroad

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 30, 2018

      USCIS backlog of citizenship applications reportedly grows

      Citizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 25, 2018

      USCIS offers grants to support citizenship preparation

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 5, 2018

      Reports that U.S. Army is discharging immigrant recruits

      Citizenship DOD ReportedRescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2018

    1. June 19, 2018

      ORR gives notice of proposed information collection to evaluate services provided to repatriates

      Citizenship ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. June 11, 2018

      USCIS reportedly launches a large-scale denaturalization operation

      Citizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 5, 2018

      USCIS redesigns certificates of citizenship and naturalization

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2018

    1. May 30, 2018

      USCIS launches first phase of new FOIA request system allowing digital access to records

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 29, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2018

    1. April 24, 2018

      USCIS Phoenix Lockbox begins accepting Form N-565

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
  1. March 2018

    1. March 26, 2018

      Commerce Department announces addition of citizenship question to 2020 Census

      Citizenship DOJOther In LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRescinded Change in PracticeData and Reports

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. March 22, 2018

      USCIS redesigns processing times webpage and tests new way of calculating processing times

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalization USCIS Final/Actual Data and ReportsForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 16, 2018

      Reports that USCIS plans to establish internal office to police and reprimand employees

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2017

    1. December 22, 2017

      USCIS updates procedures for Cubans following suspension of operations at Havana field office

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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
  1. October 2017

    1. October 13, 2017

      DOD increases naturalization requirements for military service

      Citizenship USCISDOD In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. September 2017

    1. September 19, 2017

      DOJ files denaturalization complaints against 3 U.S. citizens

      Citizenship USCISDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 15, 2017

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form N-300, Application to File Declaration of Intention

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2017

    1. Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. August 14, 2017

      DHS expands eligibility for Global Entry Program

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2017

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 26, 2017

      USCIS expands naturalization fingerprinting requirements to applicants over 75

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2017

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 21, 2017

      DOD removes prohibition on MAVNI enlistees to be considered for security clearances until completion of first enlistment

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship DHSDOD Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. May 2017

    1. May 16, 2017

      USCIS requests comment on proposed revisions to Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasCitizenshipHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect