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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 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
  1. December 2020

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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 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 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
    2. October 1, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS provides information on national interest exceptions for certain travelers from Europe

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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 25, 2020

      DOS temporarily expands nonimmigrant visa interview waiver eligibility

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    3. 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
  1. June 2020

    1. 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 18, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS suspends visa services worldwide

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs In LitigationReplaced Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
  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. 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 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
    3. 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 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
  1. June 2019

    1. 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
  1. May 2019

    1. 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
    2. May 15, 2019

      DHS suspends flights to Venezuela

      Enforcement DHSDOSOther 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. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. 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
  1. February 2019

    1. 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
  1. November 2018

    1. 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
  1. October 2018

    1. 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 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
    2. 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
  1. July 2018

    1. July 10, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. July 1, 2018

      DOS advises it is processing visas according to Travel Ban post-Supreme Court decision

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
  1. June 2018

    1. 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
  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
  1. April 2018

    1. 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
  1. March 2018

    1. 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. January 2018

    1. 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
    2. 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 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 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
  1. October 2017

    1. 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
  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
  1. August 2017

    1. 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 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
    2. 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. June 28, 2017

      DOS implements Travel Ban after preliminary injunctions lifted

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
  1. April 2017

    1. 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
  1. March 2017

    1. 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
    2. March 10, 2017

      DOS issues guidance for issuing visas under EO 13780 (Travel Ban 2)

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs 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
  1. January 2017

    1. January 27, 2017

      DOS revokes nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for seven countries subject to Travel Ban

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

      Current Status

      Not 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