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  1. January 2021

    1. January 19, 2021

      DOS designates Ansarallah as a foreign terrorist organization

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2020

    1. December 18, 2020

      Department of State rescinds designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2020

    1. 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
    2. November 5, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-234, Special Immigrant Visa Biodata

      Immigrant Visas: Special Immigrant DOS Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 23, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-7794, Electronic Medical Examination

      Immigrant Visas DOS Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
  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
    2. September 15, 2020

      DOS releases guidance on 2020 Fiscal Year (DV-2020) adjudications after Gomez v. Trump ruling

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    3. September 1, 2020

      DOS suspends entry of certain Syrian persons allegedly connected to military action

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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
    2. July 7, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to medical examination form for refugees and visa applicants

      RefugeesImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    3. July 7, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-7994, Electronic Medical Examination for Visa Applicant

      Immigrant Visas DOS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
  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 11, 2020

      POTUS issues EO 13928, suspending entry of noncitizens working for the ICC

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. May 2020

    1. May 24, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS suspends entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in Brazil

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. 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. April 2020

    1. April 27, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS postpones Entrance Status Check for Diversity Visa applicants

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity CBPUSCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 22, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of designated immigrants for 60 days

      Immigrant VisasBorderNon-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    3. April 10, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS imposes visa sanctions on countries that refuse to accept return of foreign nationals

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/ActualRenewed Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2020

    1. 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
    2. March 11, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in Schengen Area

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOSDHS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. March 3, 2020

      DOS changes case status updates on online portal for visa applicants

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully 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

      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 31, 2020

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

      Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    3. January 31, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in China

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. January 31, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance regarding Form I-130 filed abroad at U.S. embassies and consulates

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCISDOS Final/Actual AdjudicationChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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. December 2019

    1. December 30, 2019

      U.S. Census Bureau reports drop in net migration between U.S. and abroad in 2018-19

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2019

    1. 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
    2. 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. September 2019

    1. September 25, 2019

      POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of certain members of the Maduro government in Venezuela

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISDHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 25, 2019

      POTUS suspends entry of Iranian senior officials

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISDHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2019

    1. 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 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
    3. July 23, 2019

      State Department issues final rule implementing Adoptive Family Relief Act

      MinorsImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2019

    1. 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
    2. June 5, 2019

      DOS requires Diversity Visa Program petitioners to provide more passport information

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity DOS Final/Actual Rule
  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

      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
  1. December 2018

    1. December 11, 2018

      DOS proposes revision to Form DS-234, Special Immigrant Visa Biodata

      Immigrant Visas: Special Immigrant DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2018

    1. 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. July 2018

    1. July 26, 2018

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-230, Application for Immigrant Visa and Registration

      HumanitarianImmigrant Visas: Family-Based DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
  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 14, 2018

      DOS proposed revisions to Form DS-7655, Iraqi Citizens and Nationals Employed by Federal Contractors and Grantees

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugeesImmigrant Visas: Special Immigrant DOS Rescinded Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not 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
  1. April 2018

    1. 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 30, 2018

      DOS adds social media questions to Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: DiversityImmigrant Visas: Special Immigrant DOS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection
    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
  1. December 2017

    1. 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
  1. September 2017

    1. 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
  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
  1. May 2017

    1. May 4, 2017

      DOS issues new supplemental questionnaire (Form DS-5535) for enhanced vetting

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  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

      POTUS issues EO 13769, implementing travel ban and limiting refugee admissions

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasRefugees USCISBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Final/ActualIn Litigation Presidential Orders
    2. 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
    3. 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