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  1. January 2021

    1. 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
  1. December 2020

    1. 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
  1. October 2020

    1. 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
  1. September 2020

    1. 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
  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 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. 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 20, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS announces temporary suspension of premium processing for I-129 and I-140 petitions

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Replaced Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. 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
  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
  1. January 2020

    1. 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
  1. December 2019

    1. 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
  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
  1. June 2019

    1. 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
    2. 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. April 2019

    1. 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
    2. 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
  1. March 2019

    1. 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
  1. January 2019

    1. 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
  1. November 2018

    1. 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
  1. October 2018

    1. October 1, 2018

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

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

    1. September 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
  1. July 2018

    1. July 13, 2018

      USCIS directs adjudicators to deny more applications without issuing a Request for Evidence

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. March 2018

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
  1. February 2018

    1. February 22, 2018

      USCIS changes third party placement and contract/itinerary requirements for H-1Bs

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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. 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. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
  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
  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 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
    3. 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 23, 2017

      USCIS ceases deference to past decisions for nonimmigrant petition extension requests

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
  1. August 2017

    1. 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
  1. July 2017

    1. 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
  1. May 2017

    1. 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
  1. April 2017

    1. 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
    2. 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 31, 2017

      USCIS restricts H-1B eligibility for computer programmers

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