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  1. January 2021

    1. 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
  1. December 2020

    1. December 29, 2020

      ACF reorganizes ORR, creates new division

      RefugeesMinors ORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
  1. November 2020

    1. November 25, 2020

      DHS temporarily closes detention facility at Texas border

      Detention DHSCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 23, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on disability accommodations for naturalization applicants

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. November 10, 2020

      DOL announces new system for electronic filings of appeals

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. November 6, 2020

      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
    5. November 2, 2020

      IJ union decertified

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Litigation Change in Practice
    6. 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
  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 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
    3. 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
  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 12, 2020

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

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2020

    1. August 25, 2020

      DOS temporarily expands nonimmigrant visa interview waiver eligibility

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    2. 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
    3. August 3, 2020

      EOIR authorizes use of settlement officers in OCAHO cases

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2020

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2020

    1. June 9, 2020

      DOJ "reassigns" pre-Trump BIA judges

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. June 4, 2020

      ICE begins testing all incoming detainees for COVID-19

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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 27, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 6, 2020

      USCIS allows military personnel and veterans to file naturalization applications online

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
    3. May 4, 2020

      National Visa Center no longer accepts inquiries by mail

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Special Immigrant Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2020

    1. April 27, 2020

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

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity CBPUSCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 23, 2020

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

      Interior ICEDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. April 3, 2020

      EOIR begins accepting digital and electronic signatures

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. April 3, 2020

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

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2020

    1. March 24, 2020

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

      Labor USCISDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. March 3, 2020

      DOS changes case status updates on online portal for visa applicants

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2020

    1. February 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
    2. February 26, 2020

      DOJ announces OIL unit dedicated to denaturalization cases

      Hearings and AdjudicationsNaturalizationCitizenship USCISDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. February 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
    4. February 24, 2020

      CBP introduces facial recognition at Brownsville, TX border crossing

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. February 20, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. February 14, 2020

      ICE intends to open first holding facility in Maine

      DetentionInterior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. February 7, 2020

      Reported: DHS uses cellphone location data for immigration enforcement

      Enforcement CBPICEDHS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2020

    1. January 31, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 24, 2020

      iCERT system transitions to read-only in initial phase of decommissioning

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
  1. December 2019

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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

      EOIR to open Van Nuys Immigration Court in Los Angeles

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      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 7, 2019

      CBP issues NTAs with false court dates to migrants in MPP

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2019

    1. 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
  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 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
    3. 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
    4. 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 9, 2019

      USCIS announces closure of Seoul office

      Citizenship USCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. August 9, 2019

      USCIS plans to close several international field offices

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship DOSUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
  1. July 2019

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. July 18, 2019

      DOJ removes probationary period for IJs hired as Board Members

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. July 11, 2019

      US/Canada begin Phase III of Entry/Exit Project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. July 9, 2019

      Reported: ICE opens three new detention centers

      Detention ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. 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
  1. June 2019

    1. June 28, 2019

      CBP opens temporary facility in Yuma, AZ

      Detention CBPICEORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. June 11, 2019

      HUD announces DACA recipients are ineligible for U.S.-backed mortgages

      DACA Other Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
  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 19, 2019

      ICE Plans to Expand “Alternative to Detention” Program

      DetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 11, 2019

      Report: ICE relocates detainees by air to begin initial processing

      Detention CBPICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
  1. April 2019

    1. April 26, 2019

      Acting Defense Secretary authorizes waivers for 280 troops to interact with migrants

      Border DOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. April 24, 2019

      CBP reportedly starts fingerprinting some children under age 14

      MinorsBorder CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. April 9, 2019

      Secretary of State delegates authority to waive visa bans for certain Burmese nationals

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
  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 29, 2019

      State Department cuts aid to Northern Triangle countries

      Border DOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 27, 2019

      CBP temporarily reassigns CBP officers to Border Patrol Sectors

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. March 20, 2019

      CBP reportedly releasing detained noncitizens en masse, citing space constraints

      Detention CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. March 20, 2019

      Whistleblower report of inadequate medical treatment in ICE custody

      Detention ICECRCL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. March 8, 2019

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. 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
    12. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. March 5, 2019

      Report that HHS plans to ask DOD to identify military bases to house minor migrants

      Detention ORRDOD Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. 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

      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
  1. January 2019

    1. January 29, 2019

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

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  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 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2018

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
  1. October 2018

    1. October 30, 2018

      USCIS phases out self-scheduled Infopass appointments

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 30, 2018

      USCIS announces expansion of InfoMod program

      USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. October 24, 2018

      DOL modifies iCERT application process for H-2A/H-2B

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 16, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. October 15, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. October 12, 2018

      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
    8. 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
    9. October 3, 2018

      USCIS begins administering naturalization test through digital tablet

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2018

    1. September 21, 2018

      Report that ICE arrests sponsors of unaccompanied minors

      InteriorMinors ICEORR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. September 5, 2018

      DOL begins new nationwide H-2B enforcement initiative

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedWorkplace Enforcement DOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. September 1, 2018

      EOIR issues revised Uniform Docketing System Manual

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 29, 2018

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

      Citizenship USCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 18, 2018

      Reports: ICE turns to CBP for extra detention space

      Border CBPICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 7, 2018

      DHS adopts enforcement measures targeting visa overstays

      Border USCISDOSCBPICE Final/Actual Change in PracticeData and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 31, 2018

      DOL and DOJ increase collaboration on employer discrimination and abuse

      Workplace EnforcementEmployment Verification IERDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 24, 2018

      DOJ directs public information offices to use the term "illegal alien"

      Enforcement DOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 20, 2018

      Report: DHS increasing deportation and detention of U-1 status applicants

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 19, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. July 11, 2018

      Reports of possible safe-third country agreement with Mexico

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. July 3, 2018

      AG Sessions rescinds 24 guidance documents, including guidance discouraging employers from discriminating against asylees and refugees

      RefugeesAsylum, Withholding and CATSanctuary Restrictions DOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. July 1, 2018

      SSA announces return of "no-match" letters

      Workplace Enforcement SSA Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2018

    1. June 27, 2018

      ICE reportedly uses AB-60 driver licenses to conduct arrests in CA

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 25, 2018

      EOIR pilots electronic filing

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 22, 2018

      ICE seeks up to 15,000 beds to detain families

      DetentionMinorsBorderInterior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. June 21, 2018

      Orlando airport becomes first in U.S. to commit to processing all international travelers with facial recognition technology

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. June 19, 2018

      DHS reportedly increasing its use of medical records in asylum determinations in children's cases

      MinorsAsylum, Withholding and CATEnforcement USCISICEORR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. June 15, 2018

      DHS establishes hotline for separated parents to locate children

      BorderMinors CBPORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. June 12, 2018

      Reports that military posts to be used to house detained unaccompanied minors

      DetentionBorder ORRDODCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. June 11, 2018

      USCIS reportedly launches a large-scale denaturalization operation

      Citizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. June 11, 2018

      USCIS extends duration for which I-751 and I-829 form receipts can be used as evidence of continued status from 12 months to 18 months

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. June 11, 2018

      Reported: Visas for Chinese students and researchers in sensitive areas restricted

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. June 7, 2018

      ICE reportedly transfers 1,600 detainees into federal prisons

      Detention ICEDOJ Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2018

    1. May 31, 2018

      USCIS announces lottery for H-2B visas

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

      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 29, 2018

      USCIS removes asylum officer training documents from USCIS website

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. May 15, 2018

      HHS proposes expanded background checks and information sharing for sponsors of unaccompanied children

      MinorsInterior ORRICECBPDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. May 2, 2018

      DOJ announces additional prosecutors and IJs for southwest border

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. May 2, 2018

      USCIS uses lottery to allocate FY19 CW-1 visas for Northern Mariana Islands

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2018

    1. April 24, 2018

      USCIS Phoenix Lockbox begins accepting Form N-565

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 23, 2018

      DHS agencies reportedly advocate detention and prosecution of parents

      Border CBPICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 17, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. April 11, 2018

      California agrees to deploy National Guard to the border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. April 9, 2018

      Arizona deploys state National Guard to the border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. April 9, 2018

      CBP announces start of border wall replacement program in New Mexico

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. April 4, 2018

      USCIS reports efforts to narrow eligibility for nonimmigrant worker programs

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2018

    1. March 30, 2018

      USCIS and CBP establish pilot program on immediate admissibility determination for Canadian L-1 applicants

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 16, 2018

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

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 12, 2018

      ICE reportedly declines to renew orders of supervision and stays of removal

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 10, 2018

      State Department announces New Delhi consulate will cease to issue certain family-related visas

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2018

    1. February 27, 2018

      State Department publishes FAQ on terrorism designations

      Enforcement DOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 21, 2018

      Reports that CBP conducts transportation searches up to 100 air miles away from borders

      Border CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. February 5, 2018

      DHS report calls for surveillance and vetting of Sunni Muslims

      CBPDHS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. February 1, 2018

      USCIS announces additional extreme vetting measures for "following-to-join" refugees

      Refugees USCISICECBPBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2018

    1. January 29, 2018

      DHS announces new extreme vetting measures for refugees

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 26, 2018

      USCIS announces "last in-first out" processing for affirmative asylum interviews

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. January 5, 2018

      CBP expands website feature on Visa Waiver Program

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2017

    1. December 22, 2017

      ICE gains access to nationwide license plate reader database

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 5, 2017

      DOJ provides backgrounder on EOIR’s strategic caseload reduction plan

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2017

    1. November 16, 2017

      DOS restricts visas for certain Cambodian officials

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 1, 2017

      ICE opposes administrative closure for provisional unlawful presence waiver applicants

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2017

    1. October 26, 2017

      ICE imposes new removal deadline on noncitizens with pending U visa applications

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant VisasInterior ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2017

    1. September 28, 2017

      ICE targets enforcement in "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Operation "Safe City"

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 19, 2017

      Report that USCIS increases RFEs for H-1B petitions

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. September 19, 2017

      DOJ files denaturalization complaints against 3 U.S. citizens

      Citizenship USCISDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. September 18, 2017

      Immigration attorneys report that USCIS is now conducting site visits for L-1B visa holders

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. September 18, 2017

      DHS expands recordkeeping to include social media information

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2017

    1. August 27, 2017

      Reported: Administration considers removing programs from J-1 visa eligibility

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 3, 2017

      DOJ announces it will withhold Public Safety Partnership funds from sanctuary jurisdictions

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJState & Local Entities Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2017

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2017

    1. June 26, 2017

      USCIS publishes new version of Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 14, 2017

      ICE announces MS-13 arrests and specifies grounds for alleging gang membership

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      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 12, 2017

      Draft DHS progress report on EO 13767 implementation

      InteriorBorderDetention CBPICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 12, 2017

      CBP establishes pilot program for electronic review of erroneous I-94s

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 11, 2017

      DOJ announces "streamlined" IJ hiring

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. April 11, 2017

      Report that ICE is detaining people at their check-ins

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2017

    1. March 30, 2017

      AG Sessions expands IHP

      Interior EOIRCBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 24, 2017

      EOIR announces new hearing locations: Cibola and Alvarado

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 17, 2017

      EOIR deploys IJs to implement Executive Orders re southern border

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect