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  1. January 2021

    1. January 19, 2021

      DHS signs labor agreement with AFGE National ICE Council 118, ceding unprecedented policy power to union

      EnforcementDetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    2. January 15, 2021

      Reported: DHS signed agreements with states self-imposing six-month notice-and-comment period

      BorderInterior DHS Reported Change in Practice
  1. December 2020

    1. December 29, 2020

      ICE further limits asylum relief for children

      Minors ICE Reported Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    2. December 10, 2020

      EOIR Director rescinds and replaces OPPMs on pro bono representation

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    3. December 4, 2020

      EOIR Director modifies asylum processing and asylum clock, rescinds two OPPMs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    4. December 1, 2020

      EOIR Director creates master calendar rules specifically for non-detained, represented cases

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    5. December 1, 2020

      ICE subpoenas BuzzFeed, demands journalists reveal sources

      Enforcement ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 18, 2020

      USCIS to require I-730 petitioners to appear for interview

      RefugeesAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualRescinded Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    2. November 2, 2020

      IJ union decertified

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. September 2020

    1. 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 21, 2020

      USCIS implements DHS guidance to reject, restrict, and shorten DACA program

      EnforcementDACA CBPICEUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
  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
  1. May 2020

    1. May 28, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP/TSA restrict arrivals of flights carrying persons traveling from Brazil

      Enforcement CBPTSABureau of Consular Affairs Rescinded Change in Practice
    2. May 15, 2020

      COVID-19: EOIR postpones hearings for non-detained cases

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. May 6, 2020

      USCIS allows military personnel and veterans to file naturalization applications online

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
  1. March 2020

    1. March 24, 2020

      USCIS changes intake process for Form I-914, rejects incomplete forms

      U/T/VAWA USCIS Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection
    2. March 23, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS and EOIR jointly announce rescheduling of MPP hearings

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. March 17, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP/TSA restrict arrivals of flights carrying persons traveling from Schengen Area

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice
    7. March 13, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE temporarily suspends family visitations in all detention centers

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. March 4, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP/TSA restrict arrivals of flights carrying persons traveling from Iran

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice
  1. February 2020

    1. February 4, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP/TSA restrict arrivals of flights carrying persons traveling from China

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice
  1. January 2020

    1. January 23, 2020

      USCIS rejects certain application forms for incompleteness if any fields are left blank

      Asylum, Withholding and CATU/T/VAWA USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
  1. November 2019

    1. November 6, 2019

      DHS begins implementing the Humanitarian Asylum Review Program

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderHearings and Adjudications USCISCBPEOIR Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice
  1. October 2019

    1. October 7, 2019

      DHS begins implementing the Prompt Asylum Claim Review program

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderDetentionHearings and Adjudications CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice
  1. May 2019

    1. Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. February 2019

    1. February 14, 2019

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

      Refugees USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    2. 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. December 2018

    1. December 20, 2018

      DHS promulgates the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. December 11, 2018

      ICE reports increase in workplace investigations and arrests in 2018

      InteriorWorkplace Enforcement ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice
  1. October 2018

    1. October 16, 2018

      USCIS revises validity of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. September 2018

    1. September 16, 2018

      Report that ICE issues NTAs with incorrect hearing dates

      InteriorHearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR ReportedIn Litigation Change in Practice
  1. July 2018

    1. July 30, 2018

      USCIS backlog of citizenship applications reportedly grows

      Citizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. June 2018

    1. June 21, 2018

      DOD prepares to house 20,000 unaccompanied minors at military bases

      DetentionMinors ORRDOD Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. May 2018

  1. April 2018

    1. April 27, 2018

      CBP's metering policy is confirmed through litigation

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
  1. March 2018

    1. March 30, 2018

      EOIR imposes IJ quotas and deadlines

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. March 6, 2018

      Reported: State Dept. grants few travel ban waivers

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

    1. February 8, 2018

      ICE and CBP reportedly separating family members

      Border CBPAG Reported Change in Practice
  1. January 2018

    1. January 4, 2018

      Visa approvals for family preference categories fall significantly in FY 2017

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. October 2017

    1. October 17, 2017

      ICE directs increase in worksite enforcement investigations

      Workplace Enforcement ICE Reported Change in Practice
  1. September 2017

    1. September 18, 2017

      DHS publishes notice of DACA rescission in Federal Register

      DACA USCIS In LitigationRescinded Change in Practice
  1. August 2017

    1. August 28, 2017

      USCIS expands required in-person interviews for certain permanent residency applicants

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
  1. February 2017

    1. February 17, 2017

      CBP issues memo on hiring to comply with EO 13767

      Border CBP Proposed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. February 13, 2017

      USCIS raises standard for initial credible fear and reasonable fear interviews

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice