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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
    2. January 15, 2021

      DOL expands applicability to secondary employers of filing requirements for LCAs

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. January 14, 2021

      DOL issues rule restructuring prevailing wage system, increasing minimums

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    4. January 14, 2021

      DOS designates various organizations, individuals as terrorists

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor DOS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive
    5. 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

      Partially in effect
    6. January 11, 2021

      DOL issues direct final rule on e-filing and e-service for ARB proceedings

      Hearings and AdjudicationsNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Rule
    7. January 11, 2021

      DOL announces proposed rulemaking and direct final rule on e-filing and e-service for Office of Administrative Law Judges proceedings

      Hearings and AdjudicationsNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Proposed Rule
    8. January 8, 2021

      DHS issues rule for wage-based H-1B cap selection process

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/ActualEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    9. January 4, 2021

      DHS and DOL issue direct final rule extending DOL discretionary review to H-2B temporary labor certification cases

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedLabor DHSDOL ProposedFinal/Actual Rule
  1. December 2020

    1. December 29, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS provides update on Application Support Centers

      HumanitarianNon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. December 15, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS updates stakeholders regarding significant delay in processing receipt notices at USCIS lockbox facilities

      Non-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 5, 2020

      DOL issues final rule on Adverse Effect Wage Rate for H-2A agricultural laborers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
  1. October 2020

    1. October 22, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    2. October 21, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    3. October 8, 2020

      DHS issues interim final rule narrowing H-1B criteria

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRenewed Rule
    4. 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
    5. October 1, 2020

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

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

    1. September 25, 2020

      DHS proposes rule to establish fixed time admission for F, J and I nonimmigrants

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas DHSCBP Proposed Rule
    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
    3. September 11, 2020

      DHS proposes rule to expand biometric data collection

      Non-Immigrant VisasEnforcementImmigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Rule
    4. September 2, 2020

      USCIS revises guidance regarding forms and fees to align with USCIS fee rule

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in PracticeForms and Information CollectionRule
  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 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
    3. August 3, 2020

      USCIS issues final rule increasing fees

      Asylum, Withholding and CATImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
  1. July 2020

    1. July 21, 2020

      USCIS reduces capacity to print green cards and employment authorization documents

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. July 7, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to medical examination form for refugees and visa applicants

      RefugeesImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
  1. June 2020

    1. June 29, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 25, 2020

      USCIS proposes cost recovery surcharge

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Legislation
    3. June 22, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation freezing certain nonimmigrant visas through the end of 2020

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISDOLDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    4. June 11, 2020

      POTUS issues EO 13928, suspending entry of noncitizens working for the ICC

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. May 2020

    1. May 24, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS suspends entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in Brazil

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. May 14, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule
    3. May 11, 2020

      DHS restricts admission periods for Chinese journalists

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCIS Final/ActualReplaced Rule

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. April 2020

    1. April 22, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of designated immigrants for 60 days

      Immigrant VisasBorderNon-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. March 2020

    1. 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
    2. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: US-Canada joint initiative restricts non-essential border crossings

      BorderNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPDHS Final/ActualRenewed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: US-Mexico joint initiative restricts non-essential border crossings

      BorderNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPDHS Final/ActualRenewed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. 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
    5. March 11, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in Schengen Area

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOSDHS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. February 2020

    1. February 29, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS suspends entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in Iran

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. February 10, 2020

      DHS to collect social media information on certain CBP and USCIS forms

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalization CBPUSCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
  1. January 2020

    1. January 31, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in China

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. January 6, 2020

      DOL relaxes Wagner-Peyser requirements for states

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedLabor DOL Final/Actual Rule
  1. December 2019

    1. December 6, 2019

      USCIS proposes substantial changes to the USCIS motions and appeals process (Form I-290B)

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant VisasHumanitarian USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
  1. November 2019

    1. November 8, 2019

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule
  1. October 2019

    1. October 11, 2019

      State Department acts on 'Public Charge' changes, including issuing Interim Final Rule

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule
  1. August 2019

    1. August 14, 2019

      USCIS issues final rule on public charge inadmissibility grounds

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    2. August 14, 2019

      USCIS releases new forms, Form I-945 and I-356, to formalize the public charge bond process

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Forms and Information Collection
    3. August 14, 2019

      USCIS publishes revised forms consistent with final rule on public charge ground of inadmissibility

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection
    4. August 2, 2019

      ICE releases Fact Sheet on Directive 11005.2 allowing ICE power to immediately remove U Visa Petitioners

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. July 2019

    1. July 26, 2019

      DOL proposes rule that would change H-2A labor certification process

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Proposed Rule
  1. February 2019

    1. February 11, 2019

      USCIS requires biometrics for all applicants submitting Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. January 2019

    1. January 18, 2019

      DHS removes Ethiopia and Philippines from H-2A and H-2B eligible list, removes Dominican Republic from H-2B list

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

      Current Status

      Partially 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. August 2018

    1. August 28, 2018

      DOS adds social media questions to Forms DS-156 and DS-160, Applications for Nonimmigrant Visa

      Non-Immigrant Visas DOS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection
    2. August 9, 2018

      USCIS changes policy on when F, J, and M nonimmigrants start accruing unlawful presence

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive
  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
    2. 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
    3. 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 28, 2018

      USCIS expands grounds for issuance of NTAs

      InteriorHearings and AdjudicationsImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. May 2018

    1. May 31, 2018

      DHS authorizes temporary 15,000 increase in H-2B visas

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule
  1. April 2018

    1. April 13, 2018

      Increased processing delays reported

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Data and Reports
    2. April 10, 2018

      POTUS issues Presidential Proclamation, removing Chad from Travel Ban

      Non-Immigrant Visas: VisitorImmigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. March 2018

    1. March 6, 2018

      Reported: State Dept. grants few travel ban waivers

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Reported Change in Practice
  1. January 2018

    1. 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

      Partially in effect
  1. December 2017

    1. December 14, 2017

      DHS plans to propose rule to rescind work authorization for H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS In Regulatory Agenda Rule
  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
  1. September 2017

    1. September 24, 2017

      POTUS issues Presidential Proclamation 9645, restricting visas as part of travel ban Executive Order 13780

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. July 2017

    1. July 11, 2017

      DHS delays International Entrepreneur Rule

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS ProposedIn Litigation Rule
  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 18, 2017

      POTUS issues "Buy American and Hire American" EO 13788, calling for H-1B reform proposals

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOLBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. April 5, 2017

      USCIS issues guidance on changing from B-1 or B-2 status

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

      Current Status

      Partially 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
    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
    3. March 6, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13780, extending travel ban and instructing agencies to enhance screening of certain foreign nationals

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    4. March 6, 2017

      President issues memo implementing heightened vetting of visa applications and reporting requirements

      RefugeesNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular AffairsBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationORRUSCISDHSDOJ Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. January 2017

    1. January 27, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13769, implementing travel ban and limiting refugee admissions

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasRefugees USCISBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Final/ActualIn Litigation Presidential Orders