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  1. January 2021

    1. January 19, 2021

      POTUS issues 18-month Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain Venezuelans

      TPSHumanitarian DHS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. January 13, 2021

      DHS removes Mongolia, Samoa, and Tonga from countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visas

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. January 13, 2021

      Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) creates Optional Practical Training Employment Compliance Unit

      Workplace EnforcementNon-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. January 12, 2021

      USCIS replaces sticker that extends validity of permanent resident cards

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. January 12, 2021

      DHS issues delegation vesting authority in Secretary Wolf to act on final rules, regulations, and other matters

      EnforcementHumanitarian DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. January 11, 2021

      DHS issues order designating the Order of Succession for DHS Secretary

      EnforcementHumanitarian DHSUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. January 4, 2021

      USCIS provides guidance on Form I-9 for employees with extended work authorization under DACA

      DACAEmployment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. January 4, 2021

      SEVP issues reminders on enforcement of post-completion OPT and employer information requirement

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2020

    1. December 31, 2020

      COVID-19: CDC order requires negative COVID-19 test from all passengers entering U.S.

      Border CDCCBP Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. December 22, 2020

      U.S. and El Salvador sign cooperation agreement in the examination of protection claims

      HumanitarianBorder DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 16, 2020

      US and the UK sign the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement

      Border CBPICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. December 15, 2020

      USCIS expands interview requirements for refugee/asylee adjustment of status

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugeesImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. December 15, 2020

      DOL announces AEWR annual update for H-2A herding and livestock range workers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOLUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 14, 2020

      DHS proposes new system of records "DHS/ALL-046 Counterintelligence Program"

      Enforcement CBPICEUSCISFEMATSADHS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. December 8, 2020

      USCIS migrates 245(i) policy from Adjudicators Field Manual to Policy Manual

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. December 3, 2020

      CBP announces pilot program to collect DNA samples will become fully operational

      Detention CBP Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. December 2, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on Schedule A pre-certification

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. December 2, 2020

      USCIS provides information on Invalid Document Numbers in E-Verify

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 30, 2020

      USCIS provides new edition of Form I-865, Sponsor's Notice of Change of Address

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. November 30, 2020

      USCIS provides new edition of Form I-905, Application for Authorization to Issue Certification for Health Care Workers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. November 25, 2020

      DHS temporarily closes detention facility at Texas border

      Detention DHSCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. November 23, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on disability accommodations for naturalization applicants

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. November 20, 2020

      ICE announces modification of “External Investigations System of Records”

      Enforcement ICE Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. November 17, 2020

      DHS issues statement regarding HSA/FVRA challenges to Acting Secretary's authority

      EnforcementHumanitarian DHSUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. November 17, 2020

      USCIS updates Policy Manual guidance on job portability for some employment-based adjustment of status applicants

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. November 17, 2020

      USCIS updates Policy Manual guidance on discretionary factors considered for adjustment of status

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. November 16, 2020

      USCIS Provides Information on E-Verify TNC Requirements

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. November 13, 2020

      DHS provides information on how to request case assistance from the CIS Ombudsman

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. November 10, 2020

      DHS OIG issues report on major management and performance challenges facing DHS

      EnforcementMinors DHS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. November 9, 2020

      DHS requests suggestions from stakeholders

      DHS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. November 6, 2020

      ICE puts up billboards in North Carolina featuring "at-large public safety threats"

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. 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
    19. November 5, 2020

      DOS revokes designation of ETIM as a foreign terrorist organization

      InteriorBorder DOSDOJDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    20. November 2, 2020

      USCIS releases instructions on filing Form I-589 asylum applications with the Asylum Vetting Center

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    21. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 30, 2020

      CBP expelling migrant children from other countries into Mexico

      BorderMinorsAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 30, 2020

      OIG releases report confirming CBP took steps to limit processing at ports of entry

      Border CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 27, 2020

      POTUS reduces refugee admissions to 15,000 refugees for fiscal year 2021

      Refugees Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationORRUSCIS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 22, 2020

      USCIS proposes revisions to the H-1B electronic registration tool

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    5. October 20, 2020

      DHS launches Center for Countering Human Trafficking

      HumanitarianU/T/VAWA ICEDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. October 15, 2020

      USCIS updates Policy Manual guidance on nonimmigrant cultural visitor (Q) visas

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. October 13, 2020

      Unauthorized CBP operation in Guatemala relocates Honduran migrants to the Guatemala-Honduras border

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DOSDHSCBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. October 6, 2020

      USCIS issues guidance on TPS and eligibility for adjustment of status

      TPSImmigrant Visas USCISAG Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. October 3, 2020

      COVID-19, Reported: VP Pence directed CDC to issue expulsion order

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DHSCDCHHSCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. October 2, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on inadmissibility based on membership in a totalitarian party

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. October 2, 2020

      ICE puts up billboards in Pennsylvania featuring "at-large immigration violators"

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. October 1, 2020

      POTUS signs spending measure expanding USCIS premium processing, extending expiring immigration programs

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-BasedEmployment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Legislation
  1. September 2020

    1. September 25, 2020

      ICE modifies enforcement efforts during COVID-19

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. September 23, 2020

      DHS 'ratifies' Acting Secretary's prior actions in response to GAO opinion

      EnforcementHumanitarian DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. September 18, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS releases Fact Sheet on measures on the border to limit the further spread of coronavirus

      DetentionBorder CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. September 17, 2020

      USCIS issues policy alert updating guidance on O visas

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. September 12, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE reportedly resumes arrests after pausing due to pandemic

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. September 10, 2020

      USCIS launches sponsor deeming and agency reimbursement information collection initiative

      Immigrant Visas USCISHHSState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. September 8, 2020

      Whistleblower alleges that DHS lied about border threats and safety in Central America

      BorderEnforcement DHS Reported Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2020

    1. August 28, 2020

      ICE reviews SEVIS records for OPT students who have not reported employer information

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 27, 2020

      CBP proposes collecting passenger manifest data from buses and railroads

      Border CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 21, 2020

      USCIS updates its policy manual with guidance on terminating asylee status at adjustment of status

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. August 20, 2020

      Trump Cabinet officials voted in 2018 White House meeting to separate migrant children

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DHSDOJ Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. August 19, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS allows employees to use Form I-797 for Form I-9 verification during EAD production delays

      Employment VerificationImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2020

    1. July 24, 2020

      USCIS issues new guidance regarding deployment of capital for EB-5 visas

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 18, 2020

      Administration plans parent-child reunification after district court order

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder ICEORRAGCBP Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 8, 2020

      EOIR plans to revise regulations on UACs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRUSCISICE In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 8, 2020

      DHS proposes revisions to Form I-191, Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c)

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2020

    1. June 29, 2020

      USCIS updates filing location for Forms I-918 and I-485 for applicants filing for U nonimmigrant status

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 26, 2020

      Trump Administration designates ICE a "security/sensitive" agency

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 12, 2020

      DHS Inspector General finds that CBP struggled to meet detention standards in 2019

      DetentionBorder CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. June 8, 2020

      ICE informs SEVP-certified schools of a revised H-1B registration process and F-1 cap-gap extensions

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. June 4, 2020

      ICE begins testing all incoming detainees for COVID-19

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. June 4, 2020

      DHS deploys components to curb protests nationwide

      Interior DHSICECBP Reported Change in Practice

      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 26, 2020

      USCIS publishes instructions for electronic registration for H-1B cap sponsoring entities

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 22, 2020

      USCIS retires Adjudicator's Field Manual

      Hearings and Adjudications USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. May 14, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS issues temporary final rule modifying H-2B requirements

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. May 14, 2020

      USCIS publishes interim final rule implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. May 11, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS issues temporary guidance for certain H-1B foreign medical graduates

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. May 11, 2020

      DHS restricts admission periods for Chinese journalists

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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 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 24, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on false claims of US citizenship

      EnforcementCitizenship USCISICECBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 23, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE to test some immigrants for coronavirus before deportation

      Interior ICEDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. April 20, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS issues temporary final rule, lifting certain H-2A program limitations

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/ActualRenewed Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. April 17, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP offers extension for Visa Waiver Program travelers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. April 16, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE releases hundreds of immigrants from detention amid spread of coronavirus

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. April 7, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness law

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  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 26, 2020

      COVID-19: SEVP issues guidance on electronic filing of Form I-20

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 24, 2020

      COVID-19: OFLC announces issuance of electronic PERM labor certifications

      Labor USCISDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 21, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS issues temporary E-Verify policies

      Employment Verification USCISSSA Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS announces flexibility in physical presence requirements for employment eligibility verification

      Employment Verification ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS announces flexibility in submitting required signatures during COVID-19 national emergency

      HumanitarianImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS announces flexibility in requirements related to Form I-9 compliance

      Employment Verification ICE Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection
    8. March 19, 2020

      Reported, COVID-19: Trump administration temporarily pausing refugee admissions

      Refugees USCISBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE focuses removal and detention on public safety risks

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. March 15, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE medically screens detainees prior to removal flights

      DetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. March 11, 2020

      DHS extends TPS for Somalia for eighteen months

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    13. March 10, 2020

      COVID-19: Unaccompanied children not being held in CA, WA shelters

      Minors CBPORR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. March 10, 2020

      DHS proposes to modify and reissue "ALL-038 Insider Threat Program" System of Records

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. March 9, 2020

      DOJ eliminates DHS discretion to exempt certain detained noncitizens from DNA-sample collection

      BorderInteriorDetention ICEDOJCBP Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. March 9, 2020

      COVID-19: SEVP issues guidance for F and M nonimmigrant students

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. March 6, 2020

      ICE requests redeployment of 500 HSI agents to increase arrests and surveillance in sanctuary cities

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICECBPEOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. March 6, 2020

      USCIS requires FLAG system temporary labor certification final determination to be submitted with H-2A petition

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. 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 28, 2020

      USCIS publishes updated guidance on H-2A petitions for sheep/goat herders

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 27, 2020

      Reported: ICE, CBP and DOJ use Clearview AI, a facial recognition program to scan social media photos

      Enforcement CBPICEDOJ Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. February 26, 2020

      SEVP Changes the Recertification Notification Process

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. February 24, 2020

      Reported: USCIS hiring freeze for positions related to programs for legal immigrants

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. February 24, 2020

      CBP introduces facial recognition at Brownsville, TX border crossing

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. February 20, 2020

      DHS waives laws to expedite construction of border wall

      Border DHS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. February 14, 2020

      ICE intends to open first holding facility in Maine

      DetentionInterior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. February 14, 2020

      USCIS Suspends H-1B Pre-Paid Mailer

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. February 10, 2020

      Reported: DHS considers retaliating against states that deny immigration officials access to state driver records

      Sanctuary Restrictions ICETSA Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. February 10, 2020

      President Trump proposes further reduction in funding for E-verify

      Employment Verification USCIS Proposed Legislation
    13. February 7, 2020

      Reported: DHS uses cellphone location data for immigration enforcement

      Enforcement CBPICEDHS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. February 5, 2020

      Reported: ICE begins fingerprinting unaccompanied children age 14 and over in ORR facilities

      InteriorMinors ORRICEUSCIS Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. February 4, 2020

      Reported: Trump Administration designates CBP as a Security Agency

      Border CBP Reported Agency Directive

      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

      USCIS announces new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. January 29, 2020

      USCIS adjusts process for managing EB-5 visa petitions

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. January 21, 2020

      National Archives and Record Administration gives notice of ICE records disposal

      Enforcement ICE Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. January 16, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on replacing permanent resident card

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. January 15, 2020

      ICE issues subpoenas to law enforcement in CA, CT, NY, NV and OR

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. January 15, 2020

      DOL makes annual adjustment to penalties for certain visa violations

      Employment VerificationWorkplace Enforcement USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. 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
    12. January 14, 2020

      State Department clarifies adoption policies for non-citizens living in the United States

      Minors USCISDOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. 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
    14. January 10, 2020

      State Department designates Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq as a foreign terrorist organization

      InteriorBorder DOSDHSDOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2019

    1. December 31, 2019

      Acting DHS Secretary requests review of state DMV laws for assessment of interference with immigration enforcement

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions DHS Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. December 26, 2019

      USCIS begins accepting green card applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness program

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual AdjudicationChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. December 19, 2019

      DOL announces AEWR annual update for H-2A herding and livestock range workers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 18, 2019

      USCIS requests comments on proposed revisions to Form I-131A, Application for Carrier Documentation

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. December 18, 2019

      USCIS requests comments on new information collection, Form G-1552, regarding sponsor deeming and agency reimbursement

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. December 9, 2019

      CBP issues notice designating Puyallup tribal card as acceptable travel document

      Enforcement CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. December 3, 2019

      ICE opens new detention facility in Anson, TX

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2019

    1. November 21, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance on adjustment for terminated Conditional Permanent Residents

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 21, 2019

      Reported: USCIS threatens consequences for staff leaking information

      Humanitarian USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. November 19, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance on Special Immigrant Juvenile classification

      Immigrant Visas: Special ImmigrantMinorsHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    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 15, 2019

      DOL & USCIS final rule eliminates print ads for H-2B recruitment

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. November 14, 2019

      Internal DHS report makes recommendations regarding MPP implementation

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCISCBPEOIRORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. November 8, 2019

      USCIS publishes final rule requiring $10 fee per registration for H-1B cap selection process

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. November 8, 2019

      DHS designates Poland as Visa Waiver Program country

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPDHSDOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. November 7, 2019

      DHS seeks public input on technology to streamline applications for REAL ID-compliant licenses

      Enforcement TSADHSState & Local Entities Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. November 1, 2019

      POTUS reduces refugee admissions to 18,000 for Fiscal Year 2020

      Refugees Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationUSCISORR 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. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 24, 2019

      USCIS updates AFM with sample notice of filing an Application for a Permanent Employment Certification

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 15, 2019

      USCIS clarifies requirements for Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification

      Immigrant Visas: Special ImmigrantMinorsHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2019

    1. September 27, 2019

      U.S. and Honduras sign agreements on immigration enforcement and H-2 visa programs

      BorderNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DHSDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 27, 2019

      Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issues guidance on reporting relationship between employment and area of study for F-1 OPT

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. September 25, 2019

      POTUS suspends entry of Iranian senior officials

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISDHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. September 20, 2019

      DOL publishes final rule transitioning to electronic advertising for H-2A worker recruitment

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. September 13, 2019

      DHS releases joint statement with government of Honduras on countries' continuing border security discussions

      BorderEnforcement DHS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. September 12, 2019

      ICE Field Office Directors publish statement on enforcement and removal operations

      InteriorDetention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. September 4, 2019

      DHS makes citizens of Freely Associated States eligible for REAL IDs

      Non-Immigrant Visas DHS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. September 3, 2019

      DHS rescinds parole into Guam and CNMI for Russians, restricting issuance to case-by-case determination

      HumanitarianNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2019

    1. August 28, 2019

      U.S. and El Salvador sign letter of cooperation to reduce border migration

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICECBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 27, 2019

      DHS moves $155M from disaster relief to immigration enforcement

      BorderDetentionAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICEFEMA Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 21, 2019

      Reported: More than 2,000 migrants returned to Central American countries under "Assisted Voluntary Return" program.

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DHSDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. August 20, 2019

      ICE Announces New Streamlined Removal Procedures for Return of Guatemalans

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. August 15, 2019

      US and Canada implement preclearance agreement

      Border CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. August 15, 2019

      Government bars use of Visa Waiver Program by persons who visited North Korea

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBP Final/Actual Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. August 13, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance on documentation for Cuban Adjustment Act cases

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. August 9, 2019

      USCIS announces closure of Seoul office

      Citizenship USCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. August 9, 2019

      USCIS plans to close several international field offices

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship DOSUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. August 8, 2019

      Detained noncitizens with small children released on humanitarian grounds in Mississippi

      Interior ICEAG Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. August 5, 2019

      POTUS imposes sanctions on Venezuela via EO

      Enforcement CBPUSCISDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. 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 31, 2019

      USCIS designates AG decision in Matter of H-G-G- as adopted policy

      TPSImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 31, 2019

      USCIS publishes U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant Visas USCISState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 30, 2019

      United States and Guatemala sign agreements on H-2 nonimmigrant visas

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 26, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance regarding asylum and internal relocation

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. July 26, 2019

      H-2B petitioners must include FLAG system temporary labor certification final determination with Form I-129

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. July 24, 2019

      DHS begins conducting on-site inspections of F-1 STEM OPT employment

      Workplace EnforcementNon-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. July 15, 2019

      ICE interim guidance for implementation of Matter of M-S-

      Asylum, Withholding and CATDetention ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. July 11, 2019

      US/Canada begin Phase III of Entry/Exit Project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. July 9, 2019

      Reported: ICE opens three new detention centers

      Detention ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. July 8, 2019

      Report: Immigration Officials Use Secretive Gang Databases to Deny Asylum Claims

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderInterior ICECBPUSCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. July 8, 2019

      The Under Secretary of State re-delegates authority to invoke privilege related to refugee vetting

      RefugeesBorder Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationUSCISCBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. July 7, 2019

      ICE reportedly mines state driver's license databases using facial recognition

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. July 1, 2019

      HHS to fund 1,300 more beds in Carrizo Springs, Texas

      BorderDetentionMinors CBPORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. July 1, 2019

      DHS waives certain legal regulations to expedite border wall construction in Texas

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2019

    1. June 30, 2019

      USCIS extends benefits for certain CNMI residents

      HumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive
    2. June 28, 2019

      CBP opens temporary facility in Yuma, AZ

      Detention CBPICEORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 27, 2019

      CBP proposes construction of pedestrian barrier in the Rio Grande Valley

      Border CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. June 27, 2019

      USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed H-1B Registration Tool Information Collection

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. June 25, 2019

      CBP removes certain restrictions on flights to and from Cuba

      Enforcement CBP Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. June 24, 2019

      ICE notice of intent to award contract to Cellebrite for smartphone hacking technology

      Interior CBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. June 21, 2019

      ICE awards new contract for rapid DNA testing at southwest border; expands pilot program

      Border CBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. June 20, 2019

      CBP expands facility in Donna, TX to hold more unaccompanied children

      Detention CBPICEORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. June 10, 2019

      New Zealand Nationals Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Classifications

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. June 7, 2019

      United States and Mexico sign joint statement on immigration enforcement

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICECBPDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. June 7, 2019

      United States and Mexico to discuss binding bilateral refugee agreement

      BorderRefugees USCISICECBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. 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
    14. June 4, 2019

      USCIS updates rejection criteria for form I-129

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2019

    1. May 30, 2019

      HHS cancels funding for recreational activities in unaccompanied minor shelters

      MinorsDetention ORRICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 28, 2019

      ICE seeks to implement Rapid DNA testing to identify fraudulent claims of family relationships

      DetentionBorder CBPICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 22, 2019

      DHS finalizes new & increased fees charged by SEVP

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. May 19, 2019

      ICE Plans to Expand “Alternative to Detention” Program

      DetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. May 17, 2019

      USCIS renews matching programs in five states to detect benefits fraud

      Humanitarian USCISState & Local Entities Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. May 15, 2019

      DHS suspends flights to Venezuela

      Enforcement DHSDOSOther Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. May 11, 2019

      Report: ICE relocates detainees by air to begin initial processing

      Detention CBPICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. May 10, 2019

      Continuation of TPS Documentation for Nepal, Honduras

      TPS USCIS In LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRenewed Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. May 9, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance on P-1S visa validity period

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. May 9, 2019

      ICE signs new contract with iPhone hacking company

      InteriorBorder CBPICE Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. May 7, 2019

      ICE limits Karnes detainees’ access to pro bono lawyers and volunteers

      Detention ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. May 6, 2019

      ICE launches Warrant Service Officer program, empowering local law enforcement

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. 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 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
    3. April 25, 2019

      ICE signs contract with GEO Group to reopen Louisiana processing center

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 25, 2019

      CBP Further Restricts Canadian L-1 Applications at the Border

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. April 24, 2019

      CBP reportedly starts fingerprinting some children under age 14

      MinorsBorder CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. April 8, 2019

      DOS to designate Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as Foreign Terrorist Organization

      Enforcement DHSDOSAG Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. April 8, 2019

      DHS increases Greece ESTA validity to two years

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. April 5, 2019

      CBP reportedly terminates Accenture hiring contract

      Border CBP Reported Program Termination

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. April 4, 2019

      DHS threatens employees with legal consequences for leaking "nonpublic information"

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. April 1, 2019

      CBP stops Sunday screening services for commercial trucks entering Nogales, Arizona

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. April 1, 2019

      USCIS launches H-1B data hub

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. April 1, 2019

      DOL publishes interim final rule on CW-1 visa

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2019

    1. March 28, 2019

      DHS Signs Regional Compact with key Central American Northern Triangle countries

      Border CBPDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 27, 2019

      CBP temporarily reassigns CBP officers to Border Patrol Sectors

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 20, 2019

      CBP reportedly releasing detained noncitizens en masse, citing space constraints

      Detention CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. March 20, 2019

      Whistleblower report of inadequate medical treatment in ICE custody

      Detention ICECRCL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. March 19, 2019

      President Trump proposes cutting funding to E-Verify program

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Legislation

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. March 15, 2019

      DOL imposes new LCA electronic notice obligations on employers and end-clients

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. March 13, 2019

      Press reports widespread ICE violations of warrant signature requirements and erroneous targeting of US citizens

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICEState & Local Entities Reported Change in PracticeData and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. March 11, 2019

      DHS & ICE launch Global Trade Task Force to combat smuggling

      Border CBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. March 8, 2019

      DHS extends TPS designation for South Sudan

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. 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
    13. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. March 5, 2019

      Border Patrol reports arrests in February 2019 are highest since March 2009

      Border CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. March 1, 2019

      DHS extends TPS documentation for Haiti, Sudan, El Salvador and Nicaragua to January 2, 2020

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    16. March 1, 2019

      USCIS makes unannounced Form I-730 processing changes, referring certain petitions to ICE

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugees ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2019

    1. February 26, 2019

      Thousands of migrant youth reported sexual abuse in U.S. immigration detention

      Detention CBPORRICE Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 26, 2019

      DOL plans to randomize processing of H-2B visa applications, rather than first-come-first-serve

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. February 15, 2019

      USCIS announces updated guidance for adjudicating spousal petitions involving minors

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. February 15, 2019

      USCIS proposes revision to Form I-508, Waiver of Rights, Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. February 15, 2019

      USCIS launches online tip form for reporting allegations of immigration fraud

      Enforcement USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. February 1, 2019

      USCIS requests comment on proposed revisions to Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. 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 31, 2019

      USCIS Imposes H-1B Pre-Registration Process for Cap Lottery; Prioritizes Advanced Degree Holders

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. January 28, 2019

      USCIS announces online case status feature for asylum applicants

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. January 18, 2019

      DHS identifies countries whose workers are not eligible for H-2A and H-2B visa program

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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. December 28, 2018

      CBP changes medical practices for children in detention centers

      DetentionMinors CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 27, 2018

      USCIS terminates categorical CNMI parole programs

      Humanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Program Termination

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. December 21, 2018

      USCIS eliminates certain Service Center e-mail addresses

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. December 21, 2018

      USCIS seeks comment on proposed revisions of forms related to foreign adoptions

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 19, 2018

      HHS rolls back fingerprint requirements for adults living with migrant children

      MinorsInteriorBorder ICEORR Rescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. December 17, 2018

      CBP releases interim procedures on notification of a death in custody

      DetentionBorder CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. December 11, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form G-639, FOIA/Privacy Act Request

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. December 7, 2018

      USCIS states which asylum applicants qualify as Rosario v. USCIS class member in context of I-765 adjudications

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS In Regulatory AgendaFinal/Actual Agency DirectiveRule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. December 3, 2018

      USCIS proposes revision to Form I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal

      Humanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      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 30, 2018

      USCIS revises interview waiver guidance for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. 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
    4. November 15, 2018

      USCIS issues guidance on L-1 one-year foreign employment requirement

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. November 8, 2018

      USCIS announces continued implementation of policy memo on NTAs

      Interior USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. November 6, 2018

      CBP partners with DOD for Operation Secure Line at southwest border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. November 2, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of LPR Status

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2018

    1. October 30, 2018

      DOL updates H-1B labor condition application form

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 30, 2018

      USCIS clarifies EB-5 eligibility of redemption agreement-financed investments

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 30, 2018

      USCIS phases out self-scheduled Infopass appointments

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 30, 2018

      USCIS announces expansion of InfoMod program

      USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. October 26, 2018

      ICE changes unemployment calculations for students while on post-completion/STEM OPT

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. October 25, 2018

      USCIS alters use of Form G-325A in USCIS Policy Manual

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. October 19, 2018

      DOL plans to propose a rule treating foreign labor certifications as covered nonprocurement transactions

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. October 12, 2018

      U.S. allegedly working with Mexican officials to restrict asylum seekers' access to U.S. border

      Asylum, Withholding and CATMinorsBorder CBPUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. October 12, 2018

      USCIS clarifies marriage and marital union requirements for naturalization

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. October 11, 2018

      DHS waives environmental laws to expedite border wall construction in Rio Grande Valley

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. October 10, 2018

      ICE ends practice of coordinating release plans for undocumented families in Arizona

      InteriorBorderDetention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. October 9, 2018

      CBP says enforcement not altered by Canada's legalization of marijuana

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. October 4, 2018

      POTUS caps refugee admissions at 30,000 for Fiscal Year 2019

      Refugees USCISBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationORR Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. October 4, 2018

      DHS Secretary creates panel to examine best practices for families and children in CBP custody

      DetentionMinors CBPORRICE Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. October 3, 2018

      USCIS begins administering naturalization test through digital tablet

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. October 1, 2018

      USCIS issues guidance for certain H-2B foreign workers in Guam and Northern Mariana Islands

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. September 2018

    1. September 28, 2018

      USCIS warns students about accrual of unlawful presence if they work after "cap gap" period

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 26, 2018

      USCIS clarifies naturalization eligibility for children

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. September 24, 2018

      CBP announces facial recognition technology demonstration at Port San Luis

      Enforcement CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    4. September 21, 2018

      Report that ICE arrests sponsors of unaccompanied minors

      InteriorMinors ICEORR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. September 21, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form I-602, Application by Refugee for Waiver of Inadmissibility Grounds

      Refugees USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. September 21, 2018

      USCIS seeks comment on proposed revisions to Form I-690, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. September 14, 2018

      USCIS accepts negative consultation letters for O visa petitions directly from unions

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. September 13, 2018

      USCIS requests comment on proposed revisions to Forms I-924 and I-924A, Application for Regional Center Designation and Supplemental

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. September 12, 2018

      DHS transfers $10 million from FEMA to ICE to fund expanded immigration detention

      Detention ICEFEMA Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. 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
  1. August 2018

    1. August 31, 2018

      DOJ subpoenas North Carolina voting records at ICE request

      Enforcement ICEDOJ Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 31, 2018

      USCIS increases premium processing fee for applications postmarked after October 1, 2018

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Ru