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  1. January 2021

    1. January 19, 2021

      DOS designates Ansarallah as a foreign terrorist organization

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 14, 2021

      DOS designates various organizations, individuals as terrorists

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor DOS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. January 8, 2021

      EOIR Director gives additional guidance on continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. January 6, 2021

      DOS reimposes sanctions on Chinese, Indian, and Iranian individuals for Iranian petroleum business

      Non-Immigrant Visas DOS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. 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
    12. 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 31, 2020

      EOIR Director rescinds two more OPPMs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/ActualRescinded Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. December 22, 2020

      EOIR Director rescinds five more OPPMs

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. December 18, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 16, 2020

      US and the UK sign the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement

      Border CBPICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. December 15, 2020

      DOS reimposes sanctions on Chinese companies, individuals for Iranian oil dealings

      Non-Immigrant Visas DOS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. 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
    14. December 2, 2020

      DOS tightens visa restrictions for Chinese Communist Party members

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. 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
    16. 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 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
    2. November 20, 2020

      EOIR rescinds ten OPPMs deemed outdated

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. November 16, 2020

      USCIS Provides Information on E-Verify TNC Requirements

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. November 5, 2020

      DOS revokes designation of ETIM as a foreign terrorist organization

      InteriorBorder DOSDOJDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 20, 2020

      DHS launches Center for Countering Human Trafficking

      HumanitarianU/T/VAWA ICEDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. October 9, 2020

      DOS announces immediate moratorium on au pair exchange visitor program growth

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
  1. September 2020

    1. September 30, 2020

      DOS releases instructions for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 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
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. September 15, 2020

      DOS publishes FAQ on J Visa Processing Under Presidential Proclamation 10052

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. September 15, 2020

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

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    8. 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
    9. September 1, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2020

    1. August 31, 2020

      DOS announces high prioritization of K visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 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
    3. August 25, 2020

      DOS and DHS temporarily expand interview waiver eligibility

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. August 24, 2020

      State Department requires Confucius Institute U.S. to provide list of Chinese citizens

      Non-Immigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. August 20, 2020

      USCIS designates decision in Matter of Z-R-Z-C- as adopted policy

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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 15, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on applying discretion in adjudications

      Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 2, 2020

      EOIR rescinds two OPPMs deemed outdated

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2020

    1. 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

      EOIR rescinds five OPPMs deemed outdated

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2020

    1. 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
    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 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
  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 27, 2020

      USCIS releases updated I-9 handbook for employers

      Employment Verification ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 24, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on false claims of US citizenship

      EnforcementCitizenship USCISICECBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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 21, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS issues temporary E-Verify policies

      Employment Verification USCISSSA Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 11, 2020

      DHS extends TPS for Somalia for eighteen months

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. March 6, 2020

      DOL delegates authority to the Secretary to review ARB decisions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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 26, 2020

      SEVP Changes the Recertification Notification Process

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. February 20, 2020

      DHS waives laws to expedite construction of border wall

      Border DHS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      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
    6. 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
    7. 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

      EOIR re-articulates policies on case management and docketing

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 30, 2020

      USCIS issues guidance on biometrics services and fingerprint waivers

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalizationHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. January 16, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on replacing permanent resident card

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

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

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 20, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance to clarify the effect of travel by TPS beneficiaries with final orders

      TPSImmigrant Visas USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. December 20, 2019

      EOIR to open another immigration court in Houston

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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 19, 2019

      DOL announces AEWR annual update for H-2A agricultural laborers

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. December 2, 2019

      ICE issues 2019 detention standards

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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

      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
    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 14, 2019

      Internal DHS report makes recommendations regarding MPP implementation

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCISCBPEOIRORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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 23, 2019

      OFLC issues FAQs on H-2A definition of "Agricultural Labor or Services"

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2019

    1. September 30, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance for Matter of L-E-A-

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugees USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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 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
  1. August 2019

    1. August 20, 2019

      Reported: DOS Changes Validity Of E Visas For French Citizens

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 16, 2019

      EOIR Director restricts use of status dockets

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. August 15, 2019

      US and Canada implement preclearance agreement

      Border CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. August 13, 2019

      EOIR opens immigration court in Sacramento

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. August 1, 2019

      State Department designates additional aliases of Al-Shabaab

      Enforcement DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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 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
    3. June 7, 2019

      United States and Mexico to discuss binding bilateral refugee agreement

      BorderRefugees USCISICECBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. 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 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
    2. May 16, 2019

      State Department Imposes and Waives PLO and PA Visa Denials

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. May 15, 2019

      DHS suspends flights to Venezuela

      Enforcement DHSDOSOther Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. May 10, 2019

      Continuation of TPS Documentation for Nepal, Honduras

      TPS USCIS In LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRenewed Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. May 9, 2019

      ICE signs new contract with iPhone hacking company

      InteriorBorder CBPICE Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
  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 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
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. April 4, 2019

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

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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 28, 2019

      DHS Signs Regional Compact with key Central American Northern Triangle countries

      Border CBPDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. March 8, 2019

      DHS extends TPS designation for South Sudan

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
  1. February 2019

    1. 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
    2. February 14, 2019

      USCIS tightens legal marriage requirement for refugee RE-2 derivative spouses

      Refugees USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. February 5, 2019

      USCIS closes field office in Moscow, Russia

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2019

    1. January 31, 2019

      DHS and DOS impose visa sanctions on Ghana

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. 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 21, 2018

      EOIR Director sets case completion goals for OCAHO

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
  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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. November 19, 2018

      EOIR Director orders IJs to adjudicate asylum claims within 180 days

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT ICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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. 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
    6. November 8, 2018

      USCIS announces continued implementation of policy memo on NTAs

      Interior USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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 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
    2. 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
    3. October 12, 2018

      USCIS clarifies marriage and marital union requirements for naturalization

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. October 1, 2018

      DOS stops issuing diplomatic visas to unmarried same-sex partners

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. 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 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
    4. 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
    5. September 12, 2018

      State Department certifies immigration enforcement cooperation agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. September 12, 2018

      Report that State Department plans to pay Mexico $20 million to deport unauthorized immigrants

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DOS Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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 27, 2018

      DHS extends TPS for Somalia through March 17, 2020

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 14, 2018

      DHS extends TPS for Yemen

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. August 2, 2018

      DHS publishes determination of waiver to begin building a border wall near San Diego

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 25, 2018

      USCIS offers grants to support citizenship preparation

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      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
    3. July 10, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 5, 2018

      ICE reportedly to open new detention center (Texas)

      Detention ICE Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2018

    1. June 28, 2018

      DHS extends employment authorization for Nepali F-1 nonimmigrant students for one year

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 27, 2018

      DHS temporarily guards areas close to border wall

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 25, 2018

      State Department requires electronic filing for EB-5 applications

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. June 23, 2018

      ICE designates special facility and policies for reunification and removal of separated families

      DetentionMinors EOIRICEORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. June 12, 2018

      DHS announces new Northern Border Strategy

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. June 5, 2018

      USCIS redesigns certificates of citizenship and naturalization

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. June 4, 2018

      CBP announces third U.S. border wall construction project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. June 1, 2018

      DOL clarifies H-2B labor certification receipt time

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2018

    1. May 31, 2018

      Secretary of State delegates Special Immigrant authority

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 30, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 23, 2018

      USCIS issues policy guidance regarding Child Status Protection Act

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. May 18, 2018

      ICE clarifies that certain F-1 student volunteer positions are disqualified from OPT

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. May 15, 2018

      USCIS rescinds tenant occupancy methodology for EB-5 visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. May 15, 2018

      USCIS no longer waives interviews for employment-based and fiancé-based adjustment cases

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. May 11, 2018

      DOJ and USCIS increase cooperation to detect fraud by employers

      Workplace EnforcementEmployment Verification USCISIER Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. May 2, 2018

      USCIS clarifies extension of EB-5 CPR status with pending Form I-829

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2018

    1. April 27, 2018

      USCIS begins to use "Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery" service

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 18, 2018

      USCIS clarifies parental physical presence requirements for child born abroad

      Citizenship USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 17, 2018

      USCIS authorizes DNA tests to establish sibling relationships

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 13, 2018

      ICE checking criminal backgrounds of each adult in the household of unaccompanied minors' sponsors

      InteriorMinorsBorder CBPICEORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. April 13, 2018

      DHS agrees that HHS will share information about unaccompanied children, sponsors, and household members

      Border ORRICECBP Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. April 3, 2018

      USCIS issues directive to destroy documents returned as undeliverable after 60 days

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2018

    1. March 27, 2018

      DOJ reaches agreement with West Palm Beach over 8 U.S.C. § 1373 compliance

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 23, 2018

      USCIS expands prohibition on multiple H-1B cap-subject filings by "related entities"

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 20, 2018

      USCIS suspends premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 19, 2018

      USCIS restricts multinational employment exception, requires an additional year of qualifying employment abroad

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. March 12, 2018

      DOS updates language on inadmissibility for application denials.

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2018

    1. February 15, 2018

      USCIS restricts employers' outside counsel from signing H-1B petitions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2018

    1. January 31, 2018

      DHS extends TPS for Syria

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. January 26, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. January 22, 2018

      DHS waives statutory requirements for NM border wall project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. January 18, 2018

      DHS removes Belize, Haiti and Samoa from countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. January 17, 2018

      EOIR issues guidance on change of venue

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. January 17, 2018

      ICE enters into Basic Ordering Agreements with Florida sheriffs

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. January 10, 2018

      ICE publishes three-prong policy to enforce compliance with employment requirements

      Employment VerificationWorkplace Enforcement ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. January 5, 2018

      USCIS requires federal contractors with a FAR requirement to provide their DUNS system during E-verify enrollment

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. January 5, 2018

      State Department expands travel restrictions for Eritreans

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas: VisitorNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based ICEUSCISDOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. January 4, 2018

      CBP issues new directive on border search of electronic devices

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2017

    1. December 29, 2017

      USCIS clarifies requirements for establishing corporate relationship for L-1 visa

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 22, 2017

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

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. December 15, 2017

      DHS adds requirements for countries to participate in Visa Waiver Program

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2017

    1. November 22, 2017

      Administration drastically reduces transitional worker visa allotments for Northern Mariana Islands for FY 2017-2019

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 21, 2017

      USCIS bars consular certificates as proof of Cuban citizenship

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. November 20, 2017

      USCIS restricts eligibility for TN economist category to professional economists

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. November 20, 2017

      USCIS issues new standards for adoption from Hague Convention countries.

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. November 11, 2017

      USCIS provides that beneficiaries of employment-based immigrant petitions may participate in revocation proceedings

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. November 8, 2017

      USCIS adopts test for identifying "function managers"

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2017

    1. October 27, 2017

      DOL allows State Workforce Agency (SWA) to upload responsive documents for H-2A or H-2B applications

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 26, 2017

      CBP to evaluate eight border wall prototypes constructed by private industry

      Enforcement CBP Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 19, 2017

      USCIS rescinds "hold" policy for alleged terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG)

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 12, 2017

      USCIS begins requiring I-129 petitioners to file in the location of the company's primary office

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 10, 2017

      DOJ and DOS sign agreement on employer visa misconduct

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. October 8, 2017

      DOJ/DHS plan to hire additional immigration judges and ICE attorneys

      Interior ICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2017

    1. September 13, 2017

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 12, 2017

      DHS waives rules to expedite building border wall in California

      Border CBPDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2017

    1. August 31, 2017

      CBP awards contracts for border wall prototypes

      Enforcement CBP Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 29, 2017

      ICE replaces policies for noncitizen parents/legal guardians and their minor children

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 25, 2017

      CBP keeps checkpoints open for Hurricane Harvey

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. August 14, 2017

      DHS expands eligibility for Global Entry Program

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. August 9, 2017

      USCIS redefines "affiliate" and "subsidiary" for ACWIA Fee

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. August 1, 2017

      DHS waives environmental requirements for border wall projects

      Border DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. August 1, 2017

      DOS expands presumption of misrepresentation for nonimmigrants

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2017

    1. July 31, 2017

      EOIR discourages IJs from granting continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 26, 2017

      USCIS expands naturalization fingerprinting requirements to applicants over 75

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 24, 2017

      USCIS resumes premium processing for certain cap-exempt H1B visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. July 14, 2017

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. July 12, 2017

      DOS issues vetting standards for countries under EO 13780 Travel Ban

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2017

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 14, 2017

      USCIS changes "at risk" requirements for EB-5 investor visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 6, 2017

      DOL announces increased civil and criminal immigration enforcement

      LaborNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2017

    1. May 24, 2017

      DHS extends TPS for Haiti for six months

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 23, 2017

      USCIS clarifies school criteria for H-1B master's cap-exempt petitions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2017

    1. April 27, 2017

      DHS rescinds the Privacy Act protections of non-citizens and non-LPRs

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 21, 2017

      DOJ conditions grant funds on compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJICEState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 17, 2017

      USCIS issues new guidance re establishing satisfaction of educational eligibility requirements for visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 13, 2017

      DOL issues notice re food and lodging expenses for H-2A and H-2B workers

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. April 7, 2017

      DOS accepts EU Laissez-Passer as "passport"

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. April 3, 2017

      USCIS increases "targeting" of site visits to detect H-1B fraud

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. April 3, 2017

      DOJ and DOL warn H-1B employers not to discriminate against U.S. workers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedEmployment Verification IERDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. April 3, 2017

      USCIS creates email address for reporting H-1B fraud

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2017

    1. March 27, 2017

      AG Sessions warns sanctuary jurisdictions to certify compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 or lose DOJ grants

      Sanctuary RestrictionsInterior DOJICEState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 24, 2017

      ICE revises policies and procedures regarding issuance of civil immigration detainers

      DetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 20, 2017

      USCIS launches EB-5 regional center Compliance Audit Program

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 17, 2017

      DOS issues new guidance for heightened vetting of visa applicants

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. March 6, 2017

      USCIS extends Work Authorization for TPS Holders from El Salvador

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. March 1, 2017

      USCIS releases new Form I-864P (Poverty Guidelines for Affidavit of Support)

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2017

    1. February 22, 2017

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 21, 2017

      AG Sessions rescinds order phasing out BOP-contracted private prisons

      Enforcement DOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    2. January 24, 2017

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect