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  1. January 2021

    1. January 12, 2021

      EOIR Director issues policy memo on rulemakings and federal court orders

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 11, 2021

      DOL issues direct final rule on e-filing and e-service for ARB proceedings

      Hearings and AdjudicationsNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Rule
    3. January 8, 2021

      EOIR Director gives additional guidance on continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2020

    1. December 31, 2020

      EOIR Director rescinds two more OPPMs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/ActualRescinded Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 28, 2020

      EOIR releases factsheet on "Myths vs. Facts About Immigration Proceedings"

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT EOIR Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 22, 2020

      EOIR Director rescinds five more OPPMs

      Hearings and AdjudicationsU/T/VAWA EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. December 18, 2020

      EOIR dramatically increases fees for appeals, applications, and motions

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. December 16, 2020

      EOIR imposes tougher procedures for asylum and withholding of removal

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 4, 2020

      EOIR proposes to mandate electronic filing, change procedures on law student representation

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information CollectionRule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    7. December 4, 2020

      EOIR Director modifies asylum processing and asylum clock, rescinds two OPPMs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 20, 2020

      EOIR rescinds ten OPPMs deemed outdated

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 18, 2020

      EOIR requests comments on New FOIAXpress Public Access Link

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    3. November 10, 2020

      DOL announces new system for electronic filings of appeals

      Hearings and AdjudicationsImmigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. November 6, 2020

      EOIR updates policy guidance on immigration court hearings conducted by telephone and VTC

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. November 6, 2020

      EOIR rescinds OPPMs based on ABT settlement agreement

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. November 5, 2020

      EOIR issues guidance for implementing Mendez Rojas settlement on recent border crossers and one-year asylum deadline

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT EOIRUSCISDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. November 3, 2020

      EOIR rule expands Director's authority over BIA and expands authority of EOIR Office of Policy

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 9, 2020

      Reported: DOJ cancels diversity training, including for immigration judges

      Hearings and Adjudications DOJEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 7, 2020

      EOIR creates Chief ALJ position at OCAHO

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 7, 2020

      DOJ issues interim final rule on the issuance of guidance documents and their use in litigation

      Hearings and Adjudications AG Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 1, 2020

      EOIR launches Immigration Court Online Resource (ICOR) and Pro Bono Portal

      DetentionHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2020

    1. September 23, 2020

      DHS issues a temporary rule requiring the use of USCIS-contracted telephonic interpreters in asylum interviews

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications USCIS Final/Actual Rule
  1. August 2020

    1. August 3, 2020

      EOIR authorizes use of settlement officers in OCAHO cases

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2020

    1. July 30, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of Reyes, expanding what can qualify as an aggravated felony conviction

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 17, 2020

      EOIR proposes new Form EOIR-59 to allow for the release of records

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    3. July 14, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of O-F-A-S-, clarifying when harm by a public official constitutes torture for CAT purposes

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 8, 2020

      EOIR plans to revise regulations on UACs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRUSCISICE In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. July 2, 2020

      EOIR rescinds two OPPMs deemed outdated

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. July 2, 2020

      EOIR Director issues second decision on Matter of Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., rebukes amicus curiae

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2020

    1. June 17, 2020

      AG Barr certifies Matter of A-M-R-C-, a 15 years' closed asylum case

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT AG Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 12, 2020

      EOIR rescinds five OPPMs deemed outdated

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 9, 2020

      DOJ "reassigns" pre-Trump BIA judges

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2020

    1. May 27, 2020

      Reported: DOJ offers financial incentives to pre-Trump BIA judges to retire or resign

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 22, 2020

      USCIS retires Adjudicator's Field Manual

      Hearings and Adjudications USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 22, 2020

      EOIR Director issues Matter of Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., rules on several R&A issues

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2020

    1. April 29, 2020

      EOIR issues guidance on legal changes affecting individuals in the CNMI

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 23, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS revises service process requirements for summonses, complaints, and subpoenas

      Hearings and Adjudications DHS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 3, 2020

      EOIR begins accepting digital and electronic signatures

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 1, 2020

      EOIR expands BIA to 23 judges

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2020

    1. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS temporarily closes offices until at least April 7th

      Hearings and Adjudications USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE temporarily allows filing Form I-246 through mail; extends initial check-in deadline

      EnforcementHearings and Adjudications ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2020

    1. February 26, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of R-A-F-, remanding BIA decision for reconsideration of "torture" determination

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. February 20, 2020

      Update to Immigration Court Practice Manual imposes page limit on pre-trial briefs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. February 13, 2020

      EOIR clarifies use of standing orders, relationship with Immigration Practice Manual

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. February 13, 2020

      EOIR Director modifies adjournment, call up, and case identification codes

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/ActualRescinded Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2020

    1. January 31, 2020

      EOIR re-articulates policies on case management and docketing

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 17, 2020

      EOIR Director expands restrictions on immigration judges' public speaking

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. January 13, 2020

      EOIR issues guidance on adjustment of status eligibility for certain Liberians under the NDAA

      Hearings and Adjudications DHSEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2019

    1. December 20, 2019

      EOIR to open another immigration court in Houston

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 19, 2019

      EOIR implements electronic system for legal providers to be included on List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers

      HumanitarianHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 6, 2019

      Reported: EOIR expands use of "tent courts" along Southern Border

      HumanitarianAsylum, Withholding and CATBorderHearings and Adjudications USCISEOIRCBPICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2019

    1. November 21, 2019

      EOIR reaffirms amici cannot engage in legal advocacy before IJ

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 21, 2019

      EOIR final rule exempts OCAHO case management system from Privacy Act

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. November 21, 2019

      EOIR to open Van Nuys Immigration Court in Los Angeles

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. November 15, 2019

      EOIR issues guidance regarding child advocates in UAC hearings

      MinorsHearings and Adjudications EOIRORRICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. November 7, 2019

      CBP issues NTAs with false court dates to migrants in MPP

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPICEEOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2019

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 25, 2019

      AG Barr issues Matter of Thomas and Thompson, ruling on the immigration effect of modified criminal convictions

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 2, 2019

      EOIR Director issues guidance on the review of R&A denials

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2019

    1. August 16, 2019

      EOIR Director restricts use of status dockets

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 16, 2019

      EOIR clarifies policy on judge misconduct complaints and ex parte communications

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 13, 2019

      EOIR opens immigration court in Sacramento

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2019

    1. July 18, 2019

      DOJ removes probationary period for IJs hired as Board Members

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 2, 2019

      EOIR final rule leaves AWOs intact but allows three Board Member review of complex cases

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2019

    1. May 7, 2019

      DOJ seeks comments regarding revision of Form EOIR–26, Notice of Appeal From a Decision of an Immigration Judge

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2019

    1. April 26, 2019

      DOJ proposes changes to cancellation of removal forms, Form EOIR-42A and EOIR-42B

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 5, 2019

      DOJ finalizes rule adjusting civil monetary penalties for inflation

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2019

    1. March 29, 2019

      EOIR Director's "no dark courtrooms" policy to max out courtroom space

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 20, 2019

      EOIR relaxes rules on electronic devices in EOIR court space

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 8, 2019

      EOIR Director claims budget woes, gets scolded for not telling Congress

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2018

    1. December 21, 2018

      EOIR issues guidance on Pereira v. Sessions, announcing changes in NTA filings and case scheduling

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRUSCISICECBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 21, 2018

      EOIR Director sets case completion goals for OCAHO

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 19, 2018

      EOIR issues IJ guidance on credible fear hearings following Grace v. Whitaker

      Hearings and Adjudications USCISEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. December 19, 2018

      EOIR Director reinforces employees' duty to report suspected fraud in court proceedings

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. December 18, 2018

      EOIR Director orders more aggressive reporting of ineffective assistance of counsel and attorney misconduct

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2018

    1. November 30, 2018

      ACIJ directs NYC IJs to complete family cases within 365 days

      Hearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 7, 2018

      EOIR Director to review all standing policy memos, rescinds four OPPMs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Rescinded Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2018

    1. October 18, 2018

      EOIR plans to modify departure bar rule on motions to reopen / reconsider

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 18, 2018

      DOJ plans to expand AG certification authority

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 18, 2018

      EOIR plans change to background check regulations

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 18, 2018

      EOIR to proceed with venue and jurisdiction rule

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 16, 2018

      Update to BIA Practice Manual imposes page limits on briefs and motions, time limit on briefing extensions

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. October 15, 2018

      IJ complaint processing moves from EOIR courts to EOIR Director's office

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. October 12, 2018

      AG Sessions drops Matter of M-G-G-

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAG Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2018

    1. September 18, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-, truncating IJs' authority to terminate proceedings

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICE Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 13, 2018

      AG Sessions issues litigation guidelines for opposing nationwide injunctions

      Hearings and Adjudications AGDOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. September 11, 2018

      ICE is reportedly increasing use of video conferencing at immigration court

      InteriorHearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. September 1, 2018

      EOIR issues revised Uniform Docketing System Manual

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 16, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of L-A-B-R-, restricting continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICE Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 19, 2018

      EOIR launches electronic filing pilot program, starting with San Diego immigration court

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 10, 2018

      DHS issues a four-step process for family reunification to comply with court order

      EnforcementHearings and Adjudications AGICEORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2018

    1. June 25, 2018

      EOIR pilots electronic filing

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2018

    1. May 9, 2018

      EOIR releases immigration court statistics through Q2 of FY18

      Asylum, Withholding and CATMinorsHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 2, 2018

      DOJ announces additional prosecutors and IJs for southwest border

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2018

    1. April 17, 2018

      Whistleblowers allege DOJ blocks hiring of IJs and Board Members on ideological and political grounds

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 11, 2018

      EOIR reportedly plans to halt LOP

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Program Termination

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2018

    1. March 19, 2018

      EOIR requests comments on proposed e-filing portal for OCAHO

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
  1. February 2018

    1. February 27, 2018

      EOIR expands BIA to 21 judges

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2018

    1. January 17, 2018

      EOIR Director issues directives on case priorities and IJ performance metrics

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 17, 2018

      EOIR issues guidance on change of venue

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2017

    1. December 20, 2017

      EOIR cuts back on child-friendly practices in immigration court

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 20, 2017

      EOIR issues new guidance on cases subject to the cancellation/suspension cap

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 5, 2017

      DOJ provides backgrounder on EOIR’s strategic caseload reduction plan

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2017

    1. August 8, 2017

      EOIR data shows increase in removal orders in first six months of the Trump Administration

      EnforcementHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2017

    1. July 31, 2017

      EOIR discourages IJs from granting continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2017

    1. May 2, 2017

      DOJ requests comments on Form EOIR-27, Notice of Entry of Appearance before BIA

      HumanitarianHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2017

    1. April 11, 2017

      DOJ announces "streamlined" IJ hiring

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 11, 2017

      AG Sessions orders federal prosecutors to give greater priority to criminal immigration violations

      Hearings and Adjudications DOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2017

    1. March 24, 2017

      EOIR announces new hearing locations: Cibola and Alvarado

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 17, 2017

      EOIR deploys IJs to implement Executive Orders re southern border

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2017

    1. January 31, 2017

      EOIR announces revised case processing priorities

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect