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  1. January 2021

    1. 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
    2. January 14, 2021

      DHS updates penalties for employment violations in connection with D-1, H-1B, H-2A, and H-2B program

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedWorkplace Enforcement DOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. January 8, 2021

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/ActualEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    6. 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 23, 2020

      EOIR and USCIS issue communicable-disease security bars to asylum and withholding eligibility

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCISCBPDHSEOIR Proposed Rule
    2. December 18, 2020

      EOIR dramatically increases fees for appeals, applications, and motions

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 17, 2020

      DHS and DOJ issue joint third country asylum final rule

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder ICEEOIRUSCISCBP Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. December 16, 2020

      New EOIR regs restrict admin closure, curtail BIA decisional authorities, and truncate briefing

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR ProposedIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    5. December 16, 2020

      EOIR imposes tougher procedures for asylum and withholding of removal

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 11, 2020

      EOIR and DHS issue final rule significantly restricting asylum, withholding of removal, and CAT protections

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    7. December 4, 2020

      EOIR proposes to mandate electronic filing, change procedures on law student representation

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information CollectionRule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 27, 2020

      EOIR proposes sweeping changes to rules on motions to reopen/reconsider

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRICE Proposed Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. November 27, 2020

      EOIR proposes regs to further narrow continuances in immigration court

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. November 24, 2020

      DOS imposes bond pilot program for business, tourists visas from certain countries

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor Bureau of Consular AffairsICE Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. November 20, 2020

      State Department proposes new rule impacting intercountry adoption

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedCitizenship Bureau of Consular Affairs Proposed Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    5. 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
    6. November 3, 2020

      EOIR rule expands Director's authority over BIA and expands authority of EOIR Office of Policy

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 21, 2020

      EOIR and USCIS issue final rule expanding criminal bars to asylum and limiting review of discretionary denials of asylum

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and AdjudicationsInteriorBorder CBPICEUSCISEOIRBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. October 21, 2020

      DOS proposes rule ending "B-1 in lieu of H" policy

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor Bureau of Consular Affairs Proposed Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    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 7, 2020

      EOIR creates Chief ALJ position at OCAHO

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 7, 2020

      DOJ issues interim final rule on the issuance of guidance documents and their use in litigation

      Hearings and Adjudications AG Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. October 2, 2020

      USCIS proposes changes to affidavit of support requirements

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Forms and Information CollectionRule
  1. September 2020

    1. September 30, 2020

      EOIR proposes reg change to allow form preparation

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information CollectionRule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. 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
    3. September 23, 2020

      DHS issues a temporary rule requiring the use of USCIS-contracted telephonic interpreters in asylum interviews

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications USCIS Final/Actual Rule
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. September 11, 2020

      DHS proposes rule to expand biometric data collection

      Non-Immigrant VisasEnforcementImmigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Rule
    6. Current Status

      Not in effect
    7. 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 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 8, 2020

      EOIR plans to revise regulations on UACs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRUSCISICE In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2020

    1. June 26, 2020

      DHS publishes final rule adopting one-year wait for asylum EADs

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule
    2. June 26, 2020

      DOS removes defunct immigrant visa classification regulation for certain former U.S. citizens

      Immigrant Visas: Special ImmigrantCitizenship DOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 22, 2020

      DHS amends regulation to remove 30-day processing provision for asylum employment authorization applications

      Asylum, Withholding and CATLabor USCISDHS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. June 17, 2020

      COVID-19: DOE excludes certain noncitizen students from pandemic aid

      HumanitarianCitizenship Other Final/Actual Rule
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2020

    1. May 20, 2020

      DOL issues rule granting Secretary of Labor discretionary review of ARB and BALCA decisions

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 14, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS issues temporary final rule modifying H-2B requirements

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. May 11, 2020

      DHS restricts admission periods for Chinese journalists

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2020

    1. April 30, 2020

      EOIR extends bar for asylum in CNMI to 2030

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 23, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS revises service process requirements for summonses, complaints, and subpoenas

      Hearings and Adjudications DHS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 20, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS issues temporary final rule, lifting certain H-2A program limitations

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/ActualRenewed Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 1, 2020

      EOIR expands BIA to 23 judges

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2020

    1. March 9, 2020

      DOJ eliminates DHS discretion to exempt certain detained noncitizens from DNA-sample collection

      BorderInteriorDetention ICEDOJCBP Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2020

    1. January 24, 2020

      State Department aims to limit 'birth tourism' with new visa rule

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 15, 2020

      DOL makes annual adjustment to penalties for certain visa violations

      Employment VerificationWorkplace Enforcement USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. January 6, 2020

      DOL relaxes Wagner-Peyser requirements for states

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedLabor DOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2019

    1. December 9, 2019

      DOS clarifies passport regulations for applicants with delinquent tax debt

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2019

    1. November 21, 2019

      EOIR final rule exempts OCAHO case management system from Privacy Act

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 19, 2019

      Interim final rule modifies existing regulations to implement the Asylum Cooperative Agreements

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT EOIRUSCISCBPDOS Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. November 15, 2019

      DOL & USCIS final rule eliminates print ads for H-2B recruitment

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. November 8, 2019

      DHS designates Poland as Visa Waiver Program country

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPDHSDOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. November 7, 2019

      DOL authorizes electronic payment of H-2A violation penalties

      LaborNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2019

    1. October 16, 2019

      USCIS reopens comment period for 2011 proposed rule amending eligibility and procedures for Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions

      Immigrant Visas: Special ImmigrantMinorsHumanitarian USCIS Proposed Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. 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. September 2019

    1. September 20, 2019

      DOL publishes final rule transitioning to electronic advertising for H-2A worker recruitment

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 4, 2019

      DHS makes citizens of Freely Associated States eligible for REAL IDs

      Non-Immigrant Visas DHS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2019

    1. August 23, 2019

      Final Rule terminating Flores Agreement regarding detention of migrant children

      DetentionMinors ICEUSCISCBPORR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. August 14, 2019

      USCIS issues final rule on public charge inadmissibility grounds

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
  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
    2. July 24, 2019

      USCIS makes significant changes to EB-5 immigrant investor program

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDHS Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule
    3. July 23, 2019

      State Department issues final rule implementing Adoptive Family Relief Act

      MinorsImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 2, 2019

      EOIR final rule leaves AWOs intact but allows three Board Member review of complex cases

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2019

    1. June 25, 2019

      CBP removes certain restrictions on flights to and from Cuba

      Enforcement CBP Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 5, 2019

      DOS requires Diversity Visa Program petitioners to provide more passport information

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity DOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2019

    1. May 22, 2019

      DHS finalizes new & increased fees charged by SEVP

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 21, 2019

      State Department confirms effective date for final rule on Electronic Visa Update System

      Non-Immigrant Visas: VisitorNon-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 6, 2019

      State Department limits requirement to refer nonimmigrant inadmissibility waiver requests

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2019

    1. April 22, 2019

      DOS instructs consular officers to "discontinue granting" visas in countries that do not accept their citizens when removed from the United States

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas ICEUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 5, 2019

      DOJ finalizes rule adjusting civil monetary penalties for inflation

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 1, 2019

      DOL publishes interim final rule on CW-1 visa

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2019

    1. January 31, 2019

      USCIS Imposes H-1B Pre-Registration Process for Cap Lottery; Prioritizes Advanced Degree Holders

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2018

    1. December 7, 2018

      USCIS states which asylum applicants qualify as Rosario v. USCIS class member in context of I-765 adjudications

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS In Regulatory AgendaFinal/Actual Agency DirectiveRule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2018

    1. November 9, 2018

      DOJ and DHS issue interim final rule restricting access to asylum for individuals who enter outside recognized POEs

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder USCISCBPICEDHSEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
  1. October 2018

    1. October 19, 2018

      DOL plans to propose a rule amending H-2B regulations on certain jobs

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 19, 2018

      DOL plans to propose a rule treating foreign labor certifications as covered nonprocurement transactions

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 18, 2018

      EOIR plans to modify departure bar rule on motions to reopen / reconsider

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 18, 2018

      DOJ plans to expand AG certification authority

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 18, 2018

      EOIR plans change to background check regulations

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. October 18, 2018

      EOIR to proceed with venue and jurisdiction rule

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 31, 2018

      USCIS increases premium processing fee for applications postmarked after October 1, 2018

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 6, 2018

      DHS eliminates H-2A visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based CBPDOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  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
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2018

    1. April 24, 2018

      DHS proposes rule to exempt a new External Biometric Records System of Records from Privacy Act

      Enforcement USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information CollectionRule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2018

    1. March 1, 2018

      State Dept. plans to propose rule creating a presumption against waiver of J-visa two-year return requirement

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Rescinded Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. March 1, 2018

      State Dept. considers amending regulation to include medical examinations for all K Visa applicants

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Family-Based Bureau of Consular Affairs In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2018

    1. February 27, 2018

      EOIR expands BIA to 21 judges

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2018

    1. January 29, 2018

      DOJ increases civil penalties, in line with inflation, for employers of undocumented immigrants

      Workplace EnforcementEmployment Verification ICEIER Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully 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
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2017

    1. September 5, 2017

      DOS allows CBP to waive visa requirements in emergencies

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2017

    1. July 27, 2017

      DHS creates new record system to monitor foreigners' information access to DHS and other government entities

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Forms and Information CollectionRule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 19, 2017

      DHS & DOL allocate additional non-agricultural H-2B visas for FY 2017

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 11, 2017

      DHS delays International Entrepreneur Rule

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS ProposedIn Litigation Rule
  1. March 2017

    1. March 17, 2017

      DHS updates civil monetary penalties for employment violations in connection with H-2B program

      Workplace EnforcementNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DHSDOL Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect