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  1. January 2021

    1. January 19, 2021

      POTUS issues 18-month Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain Venezuelans

      TPSHumanitarian DHS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. 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
    3. January 14, 2021

      DOS designates various organizations, individuals as terrorists

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    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

      Fully in Effect
    6. January 13, 2021

      Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) creates Optional Practical Training Employment Compliance Unit

      Workplace EnforcementNon-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. January 12, 2021

      USCIS replaces sticker that extends validity of permanent resident cards

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. January 12, 2021

      EOIR Director issues policy memo on rulemakings and federal court orders

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. January 12, 2021

      DHS issues delegation vesting authority in Secretary Wolf to act on final rules, regulations, and other matters

      EnforcementHumanitarian DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. January 11, 2021

      DHS issues order designating the Order of Succession for DHS Secretary

      EnforcementHumanitarian DHSUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. January 8, 2021

      EOIR Director gives additional guidance on continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. 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
    14. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. January 4, 2021

      USCIS provides guidance on Form I-9 for employees with extended work authorization under DACA

      DACAEmployment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. January 4, 2021

      SEVP issues reminders on enforcement of post-completion OPT and employer information requirement

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2020

    1. December 31, 2020

      COVID-19: CDC order requires negative COVID-19 test from all passengers entering U.S.

      Border CDCCBP Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. December 31, 2020

      EOIR Director rescinds two more OPPMs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/ActualRescinded Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 29, 2020

      ACF reorganizes ORR, creates new division

      RefugeesMinors ORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. December 28, 2020

      EOIR releases factsheet on "Myths vs. Facts About Immigration Proceedings"

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT EOIR Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. December 22, 2020

      U.S. and El Salvador sign cooperation agreement in the examination of protection claims

      HumanitarianBorder DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 22, 2020

      EOIR Director rescinds five more OPPMs

      Hearings and AdjudicationsU/T/VAWA EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. December 18, 2020

      EOIR dramatically increases fees for appeals, applications, and motions

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. December 16, 2020

      US and the UK sign the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement

      Border CBPICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. December 15, 2020

      USCIS expands interview requirements for refugee/asylee adjustment of status

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugeesImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. December 14, 2020

      DHS proposes new system of records "DHS/ALL-046 Counterintelligence Program"

      Enforcement CBPICEUSCISFEMATSADHS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. December 11, 2020

      ORR proposes 3-year extension, revisions to Report Forms ORR-3 and ORR-4

      MinorsRefugees ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    16. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. December 10, 2020

      EOIR Director rescinds and replaces OPPMs on pro bono representation

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. December 8, 2020

      USCIS updates Policy Manual chart regarding citizenship for children born out of wedlock pre-1934

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. December 8, 2020

      USCIS migrates 245(i) policy from Adjudicators Field Manual to Policy Manual

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    20. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    21. December 4, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    22. December 3, 2020

      CBP announces pilot program to collect DNA samples will become fully operational

      Detention CBP Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    23. 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
    24. December 2, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on Schedule A pre-certification

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    25. December 2, 2020

      USCIS provides information on Invalid Document Numbers in E-Verify

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    26. December 1, 2020

      ICE subpoenas BuzzFeed, demands journalists reveal sources

      Enforcement ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 30, 2020

      USCIS provides new edition of Form I-865, Sponsor's Notice of Change of Address

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 30, 2020

      USCIS provides new edition of Form N-644, Application for Posthumous Citizenship

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. November 30, 2020

      USCIS provides new edition of Form I-905, Application for Authorization to Issue Certification for Health Care Workers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. November 25, 2020

      ORR proposes new data collection form for serious medical procedure requests

      Minors ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    5. November 25, 2020

      DHS temporarily closes detention facility at Texas border

      Detention DHSCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. November 24, 2020

      DHS provides Q&As on USCIS’s processing of concurrently pending Forms N-400 and I-751

      Immigrant VisasNaturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. November 23, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on disability accommodations for naturalization applicants

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. November 20, 2020

      ICE announces modification of “External Investigations System of Records”

      Enforcement ICE Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. November 20, 2020

      EOIR rescinds ten OPPMs deemed outdated

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. November 19, 2020

      ORR proposes new instruments for information collections

      Minors ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    12. November 18, 2020

      USCIS updates Policy Manual to clarify lawful admission requirements for naturalization

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. November 18, 2020

      EOIR requests comments on New FOIAXpress Public Access Link

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    14. November 18, 2020

      USCIS to require I-730 petitioners to appear for interview

      RefugeesAsylum, Withholding and CATImmigrant Visas: Family-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. November 17, 2020

      DHS issues statement regarding HSA/FVRA challenges to Acting Secretary's authority

      EnforcementHumanitarian DHSUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. November 17, 2020

      USCIS updates Policy Manual guidance on job portability for some employment-based adjustment of status applicants

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. November 17, 2020

      USCIS updates Policy Manual guidance on discretionary factors considered for adjustment of status

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. November 16, 2020

      USCIS Provides Information on E-Verify TNC Requirements

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. November 13, 2020

      DHS provides information on how to request case assistance from the CIS Ombudsman

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    20. November 10, 2020

      DOL announces new system for electronic filings of appeals

      Hearings and AdjudicationsImmigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    21. November 10, 2020

      DHS OIG issues report on major management and performance challenges facing DHS

      EnforcementMinors DHS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    22. November 9, 2020

      DHS requests suggestions from stakeholders

      DHS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    23. November 9, 2020

      ORR proposes 3-year extension and changes to State Plan for Grants to States for Refugee Resettlement form

      MinorsRefugees ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    24. November 6, 2020

      EOIR updates policy guidance on immigration court hearings conducted by telephone and VTC

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    25. November 6, 2020

      EOIR rescinds OPPMs based on ABT settlement agreement

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    26. November 6, 2020

      ICE puts up billboards in North Carolina featuring "at-large public safety threats"

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    27. November 5, 2020

      EOIR issues guidance for implementing Mendez Rojas settlement on recent border crossers and one-year asylum deadline

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT EOIRUSCISDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    28. November 5, 2020

      DOS revokes designation of ETIM as a foreign terrorist organization

      InteriorBorder DOSDOJDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    29. November 4, 2020

      ORR proposes revised to ORR-5 form, Refugee Data Submission System for Formula Funds Allocations

      Refugees ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    30. 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
    31. November 2, 2020

      IJ union decertified

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Change in Practice
    32. November 2, 2020

      USCIS releases instructions on filing Form I-589 asylum applications with the Asylum Vetting Center

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    33. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2020

    1. October 30, 2020

      CBP expelling migrant children from other countries into Mexico

      BorderMinorsAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 30, 2020

      OIG releases report confirming CBP took steps to limit processing at ports of entry

      Border CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 30, 2020

      POTUS declares November 1, 2020 "National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens"

      Enforcement Other Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 27, 2020

      POTUS reduces refugee admissions to 15,000 refugees for fiscal year 2021

      Refugees Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationORRUSCIS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 22, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    6. 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
    7. October 20, 2020

      DHS launches Center for Countering Human Trafficking

      HumanitarianU/T/VAWA ICEDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. October 17, 2020

      POTUS issues EO 13894, excluding individuals related to conflict in Syria, Turkish officials

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas Bureau of Consular AffairsCBP Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. October 16, 2020

      DHS 'ratifies' prior actions by former Acting Secretary and USCIS Deputy Director

      EnforcementHumanitarianNon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant VisasNaturalization DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. October 13, 2020

      Unauthorized CBP operation in Guatemala relocates Honduran migrants to the Guatemala-Honduras border

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DOSDHSCBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. 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
    13. October 9, 2020

      Reported: DOJ cancels diversity training, including for immigration judges

      Hearings and Adjudications DOJEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. October 7, 2020

      EOIR creates Chief ALJ position at OCAHO

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. 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
    16. October 6, 2020

      USCIS issues guidance on TPS and eligibility for adjustment of status

      TPSImmigrant Visas USCISAG Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. October 3, 2020

      COVID-19, Reported: VP Pence directed CDC to issue expulsion order

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DHSCDCHHSCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. October 2, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on inadmissibility based on membership in a totalitarian party

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. October 2, 2020

      ICE puts up billboards in Pennsylvania featuring "at-large immigration violators"

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    20. October 2, 2020

      HHS division announces restructuring of Office on Trafficking in Persons

      HumanitarianNon-Immigrant Visas HHS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    21. 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
    22. October 1, 2020

      EOIR launches Immigration Court Online Resource (ICOR) and Pro Bono Portal

      DetentionHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully 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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 25, 2020

      DOS announces changes to publicly available refugee admissions data

      Refugees Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. September 25, 2020

      ICE modifies enforcement efforts during COVID-19

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. September 23, 2020

      DHS 'ratifies' Acting Secretary's prior actions in response to GAO opinion

      EnforcementHumanitarian DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. September 18, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS releases Fact Sheet on measures on the border to limit the further spread of coronavirus

      DetentionBorder CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. September 15, 2020

      DOS releases guidance on DV-2020 adjudications after Gomez v. Trump ruling

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. September 12, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE reportedly resumes arrests after pausing due to pandemic

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. September 10, 2020

      USCIS launches sponsor deeming and agency reimbursement information collection initiative

      Immigrant Visas USCISHHSState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. September 8, 2020

      Whistleblower alleges that DHS lied about border threats and safety in Central America

      BorderEnforcement DHS Reported Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. 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 28, 2020

      ICE reviews SEVIS records for OPT students who have not reported employer information

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 27, 2020

      CBP proposes collecting passenger manifest data from buses and railroads

      Border CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. August 25, 2020

      DOS and DHS temporarily expand interview waiver eligibility

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. August 21, 2020

      USCIS updates its policy manual with guidance on terminating asylee status at adjustment of status

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. August 20, 2020

      USCIS designates decision in Matter of Z-R-Z-C- as adopted policy

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. August 20, 2020

      Trump Cabinet officials voted in 2018 White House meeting to separate migrant children

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DHSDOJ Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. August 3, 2020

      EOIR authorizes use of settlement officers in OCAHO cases

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2020

    1. July 30, 2020

      DOS amends Educational and Cultural Exchange Program Records system

      Non-Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas: Student DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 30, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of Reyes, expanding what can qualify as an aggravated felony conviction

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 24, 2020

      USCIS issues new guidance regarding deployment of capital for EB-5 visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 24, 2020

      ORR proposes new information collection about release of unaccompanied minors from ORR custody

      MinorsDetention ORR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    5. July 24, 2020

      ORR submit emergency approval for an information collection about services provided to unaccompanied minors

      MinorsDetention ORR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    6. 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

      Fully in Effect
    7. July 18, 2020

      Administration plans parent-child reunification after district court order

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder ICEORRAGCBP Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. July 17, 2020

      EOIR proposes new Form EOIR-59 to allow for the release of records

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    9. July 15, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on applying discretion in adjudications

      Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. July 14, 2020

      POTUS issues Executive Order on Hong Kong, affecting visas

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. July 14, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of O-F-A-S-, clarifying when harm by a public official constitutes torture for CAT purposes

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. July 8, 2020

      EOIR plans to revise regulations on UACs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRUSCISICE In Regulatory Agenda Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. July 8, 2020

      DHS proposes revisions to Form I-191, Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c)

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    14. July 7, 2020

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

      RefugeesImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas DOS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    15. July 7, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-7994, Electronic Medical Examination for Visa Applicant

      Immigrant Visas DOS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    16. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. July 2, 2020

      EOIR rescinds two OPPMs deemed outdated

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. July 2, 2020

      EOIR Director issues second decision on Matter of Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., rebukes amicus curiae

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  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 26, 2020

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. June 26, 2020

      Trump Administration designates ICE a "security/sensitive" agency

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. June 17, 2020

      AG Barr certifies Matter of A-M-R-C-, a 15 years' closed asylum case

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT AG Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. June 12, 2020

      DHS Inspector General finds that CBP struggled to meet detention standards in 2019

      DetentionBorder CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. June 12, 2020

      EOIR rescinds five OPPMs deemed outdated

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. June 9, 2020

      DOJ "reassigns" pre-Trump BIA judges

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. June 8, 2020

      ICE informs SEVP-certified schools of a revised H-1B registration process and F-1 cap-gap extensions

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. June 4, 2020

      ICE begins testing all incoming detainees for COVID-19

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. June 4, 2020

      DHS deploys components to curb protests nationwide

      Interior DHSICECBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2020

    1. May 29, 2020

      POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of certain students and researchers from China

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Student CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 27, 2020

      Reported: DOJ offers financial incentives to pre-Trump BIA judges to retire or resign

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. May 22, 2020

      USCIS retires Adjudicator's Field Manual

      Hearings and Adjudications USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. May 22, 2020

      EOIR Director issues Matter of Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., rules on several R&A issues

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. May 11, 2020

      DHS restricts admission periods for Chinese journalists

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. May 6, 2020

      USCIS allows military personnel and veterans to file naturalization applications online

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
    12. May 4, 2020

      National Visa Center no longer accepts inquiries by mail

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Special Immigrant Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Change in Practice

      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 29, 2020

      EOIR issues guidance on legal changes affecting individuals in the CNMI

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 27, 2020

      USCIS releases updated I-9 handbook for employers

      Employment Verification ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 27, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS postpones Entrance Status Check for Diversity Visa applicants

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity CBPUSCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. April 24, 2020

      USCIS updates policy on false claims of US citizenship

      EnforcementCitizenship USCISICECBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. April 23, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE to test some immigrants for coronavirus before deportation

      Interior ICEDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. April 17, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP offers extension for Visa Waiver Program travelers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. April 16, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE releases hundreds of immigrants from detention amid spread of coronavirus

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. April 16, 2020

      ORR proposes information collection to allow UAC Program to monitor care provider facility compliance

      MinorsDetention ORR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    12. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. April 10, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS imposes visa sanctions on countries that refuse to accept return of foreign nationals

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/ActualRenewed Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. April 7, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness law

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    16. April 3, 2020

      EOIR begins accepting digital and electronic signatures

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. April 3, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS temporarily limits in-person passport services

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. 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 30, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS announces flexibility for applicants responding to Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, and other USCIS requests

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection
    2. 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
    3. March 26, 2020

      COVID-19: SEVP issues guidance on electronic filing of Form I-20

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 24, 2020

      COVID-19: OFLC announces issuance of electronic PERM labor certifications

      Labor USCISDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. March 21, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS issues temporary E-Verify policies

      Employment Verification USCISSSA Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS announces flexibility in physical presence requirements for employment eligibility verification

      Employment Verification ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: CBP issues memo on turning away migrants at borders, including unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPCDC Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. March 19, 2020

      Reported, COVID-19: Trump administration temporarily pausing refugee admissions

      Refugees USCISBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS temporarily closes offices until at least April 7th

      Hearings and Adjudications USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE focuses removal and detention on public safety risks

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE temporarily allows filing Form I-246 through mail; extends initial check-in deadline

      EnforcementHearings and Adjudications ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. March 15, 2020

      COVID-19: ICE medically screens detainees prior to removal flights

      DetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. 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
    16. March 11, 2020

      DHS extends TPS for Somalia for eighteen months

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    17. March 10, 2020

      COVID-19: Unaccompanied children not being held in CA, WA shelters

      Minors CBPORR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. March 10, 2020

      DHS proposes to modify and reissue "ALL-038 Insider Threat Program" System of Records

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. 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
    20. March 9, 2020

      COVID-19: SEVP issues guidance for F and M nonimmigrant students

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    21. March 6, 2020

      ICE requests redeployment of 500 HSI agents to increase arrests and surveillance in sanctuary cities

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICECBPEOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    22. 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
    23. March 6, 2020

      DOL delegates authority to the Secretary to review ARB decisions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    24. March 5, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on submission of benefit requests

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    25. March 3, 2020

      DOS changes case status updates on online portal for visa applicants

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      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
    2. February 27, 2020

      Reported: ICE, CBP and DOJ use Clearview AI, a facial recognition program to scan social media photos

      Enforcement CBPICEDOJ Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. February 26, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of R-A-F-, remanding BIA decision for reconsideration of "torture" determination

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. February 26, 2020

      DOJ announces OIL unit dedicated to denaturalization cases

      Hearings and AdjudicationsNaturalizationCitizenship USCISDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. February 26, 2020

      SEVP Changes the Recertification Notification Process

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. February 24, 2020

      Reported: USCIS hiring freeze for positions related to programs for legal immigrants

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. February 24, 2020

      CBP introduces facial recognition at Brownsville, TX border crossing

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. February 20, 2020

      Update to Immigration Court Practice Manual imposes page limit on pre-trial briefs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. February 20, 2020

      DHS waives laws to expedite construction of border wall

      Border DHS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. February 19, 2020

      USCIS opens application period for new status for long-term residents of CNMI

      HumanitarianImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. February 14, 2020

      ICE intends to open first holding facility in Maine

      DetentionInterior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. February 14, 2020

      USCIS Suspends H-1B Pre-Paid Mailer

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. February 13, 2020

      EOIR clarifies use of standing orders, relationship with Immigration Practice Manual

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. February 13, 2020

      EOIR Director modifies adjournment, call up, and case identification codes

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/ActualRescinded Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. February 10, 2020

      Reported: DHS considers retaliating against states that deny immigration officials access to state driver records

      Sanctuary Restrictions ICETSA Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. February 10, 2020

      President Trump proposes further reduction in funding for E-verify

      Employment Verification USCIS Proposed Legislation
    17. February 7, 2020

      Reported: DHS uses cellphone location data for immigration enforcement

      Enforcement CBPICEDHS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. February 5, 2020

      Reported: ICE begins fingerprinting unaccompanied children age 14 and over in ORR facilities

      InteriorMinors ORRICEUSCIS Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. February 4, 2020

      Reported: Trump Administration designates CBP as a Security Agency

      Border CBP Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2020

    1. January 31, 2020

      EOIR re-articulates policies on case management and docketing

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 31, 2020

      USCIS shifts to requiring citizens residing abroad to file Form I-130 online except in very limited circumstances

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedCitizenship USCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. January 31, 2020

      USCIS announces new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. January 31, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance regarding Form I-130 filed abroad at U.S. embassies and consulates

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCISDOS Final/Actual AdjudicationChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. January 30, 2020

      USCIS issues guidance on biometrics services and fingerprint waivers

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalizationHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. January 29, 2020

      USCIS adjusts process for managing EB-5 visa petitions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. January 24, 2020

      iCERT system transitions to read-only in initial phase of decommissioning

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. January 21, 2020

      National Archives and Record Administration gives notice of ICE records disposal

      Enforcement ICE Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. January 17, 2020

      EOIR Director expands restrictions on immigration judges' public speaking

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. January 16, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on replacing permanent resident card

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. January 15, 2020

      ICE issues subpoenas to law enforcement in CA, CT, NY, NV and OR

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. 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
    15. January 14, 2020

      POTUS issues EO 13902, suspending entry of Iranians with certain industry connections

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant VisasBorder CBPBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. 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
    17. January 13, 2020

      EOIR issues guidance on adjustment of status eligibility for certain Liberians under the NDAA

      Hearings and Adjudications DHSEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. 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
    19. January 6, 2020

      DOL relaxes Wagner-Peyser requirements for states

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    20. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2019

    1. December 31, 2019

      Acting DHS Secretary requests review of state DMV laws for assessment of interference with immigration enforcement

      InteriorSanctuary Restrictions DHS Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 30, 2019

      U.S. Census Bureau reports drop in net migration between U.S. and abroad in 2018-19

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. December 26, 2019

      USCIS begins accepting green card applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness program

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual AdjudicationChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. December 20, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance to clarify the effect of travel by TPS beneficiaries with final orders

      TPSImmigrant Visas USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 20, 2019

      EOIR to open another immigration court in Houston

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. December 19, 2019

      DOL announces AEWR annual update for H-2A agricultural laborers

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. December 19, 2019

      EOIR implements electronic system for legal providers to be included on List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers

      HumanitarianHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. December 18, 2019

      USCIS requests comments on proposed revisions to Form I-131A, Application for Carrier Documentation

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. December 18, 2019

      USCIS requests comments on new information collection, Form G-1552, regarding sponsor deeming and agency reimbursement

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. December 10, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance regarding post-sentencing changes and DUI convictions

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. December 9, 2019

      DOS clarifies passport regulations for applicants with delinquent tax debt

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. December 9, 2019

      CBP issues notice designating Puyallup tribal card as acceptable travel document

      Enforcement CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. December 6, 2019

      Reported: EOIR expands use of "tent courts" along Southern Border

      HumanitarianAsylum, Withholding and CATBorderHearings and Adjudications USCISEOIRCBPICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. December 3, 2019

      ICE opens new detention facility in Anson, TX

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. December 2, 2019

      ICE issues 2019 detention standards

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2019

    1. November 21, 2019

      EOIR reaffirms amici cannot engage in legal advocacy before IJ

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. November 21, 2019

      EOIR to open Van Nuys Immigration Court in Los Angeles

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. November 21, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance on adjustment for terminated Conditional Permanent Residents

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. November 21, 2019

      Reported: USCIS threatens consequences for staff leaking information

      Humanitarian USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. November 19, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance on Special Immigrant Juvenile classification

      Immigrant Visas: Special ImmigrantMinorsHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    7. November 15, 2019

      EOIR issues guidance regarding child advocates in UAC hearings

      MinorsHearings and Adjudications EOIRORRICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. November 14, 2019

      Internal DHS report makes recommendations regarding MPP implementation

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCISCBPEOIRORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. November 8, 2019

      DHS designates Poland as Visa Waiver Program country

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPDHSDOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. November 7, 2019

      CBP issues NTAs with false court dates to migrants in MPP

      Hearings and AdjudicationsAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPICEEOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. 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
    14. November 7, 2019

      DHS seeks public input on technology to streamline applications for REAL ID-compliant licenses

      Enforcement TSADHSState & Local Entities Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. November 1, 2019

      POTUS reduces refugee admissions to 18,000 for Fiscal Year 2020

      Refugees Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationUSCISORR Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      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
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 25, 2019

      AG Barr issues Matter of Thomas and Thompson, ruling on the immigration effect of modified criminal convictions

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 24, 2019

      USCIS updates AFM with sample notice of filing an Application for a Permanent Employment Certification

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. October 23, 2019

      OFLC issues FAQs on H-2A definition of "Agricultural Labor or Services"

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. October 15, 2019

      USCIS clarifies requirements for Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification

      Immigrant Visas: Special ImmigrantMinorsHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. October 2, 2019

      EOIR Director issues guidance on the review of R&A denials

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2019

    1. September 30, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance for Matter of L-E-A-

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugees USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 27, 2019

      U.S. and Honduras sign agreements on immigration enforcement and H-2 visa programs

      BorderNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DHSDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. September 27, 2019

      Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issues guidance on reporting relationship between employment and area of study for F-1 OPT

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. September 25, 2019

      POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of certain members of the Maduro government in Venezuela

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISDHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. September 25, 2019

      POTUS suspends entry of Iranian senior officials

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISDHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. September 25, 2019

      DOL requests comment on proposed revisions to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) Monitoring Report and Complaint/Apparent Violation Form

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOLState & Local Entities Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. September 13, 2019

      DHS releases joint statement with government of Honduras on countries' continuing border security discussions

      BorderEnforcement DHS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. September 12, 2019

      ICE Field Office Directors publish statement on enforcement and removal operations

      InteriorDetention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. September 3, 2019

      DHS rescinds parole into Guam and CNMI for Russians, restricting issuance to case-by-case determination

      HumanitarianNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2019

    1. August 28, 2019

      U.S. and El Salvador sign letter of cooperation to reduce border migration

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICECBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 27, 2019

      DHS moves $155M from disaster relief to immigration enforcement

      BorderDetentionAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICEFEMA Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 21, 2019

      Reported: More than 2,000 migrants returned to Central American countries under "Assisted Voluntary Return" program.

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DHSDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. August 20, 2019

      ICE Announces New Streamlined Removal Procedures for Return of Guatemalans

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. August 16, 2019

      EOIR Director restricts use of status dockets

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. August 16, 2019

      EOIR clarifies policy on judge misconduct complaints and ex parte communications

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. August 15, 2019

      US and Canada implement preclearance agreement

      Border CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. August 15, 2019

      Government bars use of Visa Waiver Program by persons who visited North Korea

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBP Final/Actual Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. August 13, 2019

      EOIR opens immigration court in Sacramento

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. August 13, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance on documentation for Cuban Adjustment Act cases

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. August 9, 2019

      USCIS announces closure of Seoul office

      Citizenship USCISDOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. August 9, 2019

      USCIS plans to close several international field offices

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship DOSUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. August 8, 2019

      Detained noncitizens with small children released on humanitarian grounds in Mississippi

      Interior ICEAG Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. August 5, 2019

      POTUS imposes sanctions on Venezuela via EO

      Enforcement CBPUSCISDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. 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
    17. 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 31, 2019

      USCIS designates AG decision in Matter of H-G-G- as adopted policy

      TPSImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 31, 2019

      USCIS publishes U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant Visas USCISState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 30, 2019

      United States and Guatemala sign agreements on H-2 nonimmigrant visas

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. July 26, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance regarding asylum and internal relocation

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. July 26, 2019

      POTUS issues EO 13882, suspending entry of persons engaged in certain activities in Mali

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. July 26, 2019

      H-2B petitioners must include FLAG system temporary labor certification final determination with Form I-129

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. July 24, 2019

      DHS begins conducting on-site inspections of F-1 STEM OPT employment

      Workplace EnforcementNon-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. July 23, 2019

      State Department issues final rule implementing Adoptive Family Relief Act

      MinorsImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. July 18, 2019

      DOJ removes probationary period for IJs hired as Board Members

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. July 15, 2019

      ICE interim guidance for implementation of Matter of M-S-

      Asylum, Withholding and CATDetention ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. July 11, 2019

      US/Canada begin Phase III of Entry/Exit Project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. July 9, 2019

      Reported: ICE opens three new detention centers

      Detention ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. July 8, 2019

      Report: Immigration Officials Use Secretive Gang Databases to Deny Asylum Claims

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderInterior ICECBPUSCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. July 8, 2019

      The Under Secretary of State re-delegates authority to invoke privilege related to refugee vetting

      RefugeesBorder Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationUSCISCBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. July 7, 2019

      ICE reportedly mines state driver's license databases using facial recognition

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. 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
    19. July 1, 2019

      HHS to fund 1,300 more beds in Carrizo Springs, Texas

      BorderDetentionMinors CBPORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    20. July 1, 2019

      DHS waives certain legal regulations to expedite border wall construction in Texas

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2019

    1. June 30, 2019

      USCIS extends benefits for certain CNMI residents

      HumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive
    2. June 28, 2019

      CBP opens temporary facility in Yuma, AZ

      Detention CBPICEORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 27, 2019

      CBP proposes construction of pedestrian barrier in the Rio Grande Valley

      Border CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. June 27, 2019

      USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed H-1B Registration Tool Information Collection

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. June 25, 2019

      CBP removes certain restrictions on flights to and from Cuba

      Enforcement CBP Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. June 24, 2019

      ICE notice of intent to award contract to Cellebrite for smartphone hacking technology

      Interior CBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. June 21, 2019

      ICE awards new contract for rapid DNA testing at southwest border; expands pilot program

      Border CBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. June 20, 2019

      CBP expands facility in Donna, TX to hold more unaccompanied children

      Detention CBPICEORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. June 19, 2019

      DOS seeks approval to collect information from A, G, or NATO visa applicants

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs