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  1. January 2017

    1. January 24, 2017

      DOS amends FAM to allow for DNA tests to establish sibling relationships

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 25, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13768, broadly expanding enforcement priorities and mandating enhancements to interior enforcement

      DetentionInteriorSanctuary Restrictions AGDOSICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Presidential Orders
    3. January 25, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13767, regarding border security and immigration enforcement

      DetentionInteriorBorder CBPICE Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    4. January 27, 2017

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

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasRefugees USCISBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Final/ActualIn Litigation Presidential Orders
    5. January 27, 2017

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

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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. February 2017

    1. February 9, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13773, prioritizing enforcement against transnational crime

      Enforcement DOSDOJICECBP Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 13, 2017

      USCIS raises standard for initial credible fear and reasonable fear interviews

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice
    3. February 17, 2017

      CBP issues memo on hiring to comply with EO 13767

      Border CBP Proposed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. February 20, 2017

      DHS implements EO 13767 on "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements"

      HumanitarianInteriorBorderDetention USCISCBPICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    5. February 20, 2017

      DHS memo implementing EO 13768 on "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior"

      InteriorDetentionSanctuary RestrictionsBorder CBPICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. February 21, 2017

      DHS proposes adding social media question to Electronic Visa Update System

      Non-Immigrant Visas: VisitorNon-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. February 21, 2017

      CBP issues memo implementing EO 13767 and EO 13768

      InteriorBorder CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive
    9. February 22, 2017

      DOS changes guidance for B-1 Visa eligiblity for noncitizens seeking E-2 or EB-5 visas.

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based Bureau of Consular AffairsUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2017

    1. March 1, 2017

      USCIS releases new Form I-864P (Poverty Guidelines for Affidavit of Support)

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. March 6, 2017

      USCIS extends Work Authorization for TPS Holders from El Salvador

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 6, 2017

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

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

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

      RefugeesNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular AffairsBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationORRUSCISDHSDOJ Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    5. March 10, 2017

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. March 17, 2017

      CBP requests proposals for border wall prototypes

      Border CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. March 20, 2017

      USCIS launches EB-5 regional center Compliance Audit Program

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. March 24, 2017

      ICE revises policies and procedures regarding issuance of civil immigration detainers

      DetentionInterior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. March 27, 2017

      AG Sessions warns sanctuary jurisdictions to certify compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 or lose DOJ grants

      Sanctuary RestrictionsInterior DOJICEState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. March 30, 2017

      AG Sessions expands IHP

      Interior EOIRCBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. March 31, 2017

      USCIS restricts H-1B eligibility for computer programmers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. April 2017

    1. April 3, 2017

      USCIS increases "targeting" of site visits to detect H-1B fraud

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. April 3, 2017

      USCIS creates email address for reporting H-1B fraud

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 5, 2017

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. April 10, 2017

      USCIS recommends termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination
    5. April 11, 2017

      Report that ICE is detaining people at their check-ins

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. April 12, 2017

      Draft DHS progress report on EO 13767 implementation

      InteriorBorderDetention CBPICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. April 12, 2017

      CBP establishes pilot program for electronic review of erroneous I-94s

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. April 17, 2017

      USCIS issues new guidance re establishing satisfaction of educational eligibility requirements for visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. April 18, 2017

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOLBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    10. April 21, 2017

      DOJ conditions grant funds on compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJICEState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. April 25, 2017

      DHS increases capacity for Asylum Division to lead fraud investigations and evaluate national security threats

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. April 26, 2017

      DHS creates Victims of Immigration Crime Enforcement Office

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    13. April 27, 2017

      DHS rescinds the Privacy Act protections of non-citizens and non-LPRs

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2017

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 16, 2017

      USCIS requests comment on proposed revisions to Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasCitizenshipHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. May 22, 2017

      AG Sessions implements Executive Order banning sanctuary city funding

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJICEState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    5. May 23, 2017

      USCIS clarifies school criteria for H-1B master's cap-exempt petitions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. May 24, 2017

      DHS extends TPS for Haiti for six months

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2017

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 14, 2017

      ICE announces MS-13 arrests and specifies grounds for alleging gang membership

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 14, 2017

      USCIS changes "at risk" requirements for EB-5 investor visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. June 21, 2017

      DOD removes prohibition on MAVNI enlistees to be considered for security clearances until completion of first enlistment

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship DHSDOD Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    6. June 26, 2017

      USCIS publishes new version of Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. June 28, 2017

      DOS implements Travel Ban after preliminary injunctions lifted

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    9. June 30, 2017

      DHS changes Affidavit of Support sponsorship forms to reflect Public Charge Rule

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2017

    1. July 11, 2017

      DHS delays International Entrepreneur Rule

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS ProposedIn Litigation Rule
    2. July 12, 2017

      DOS issues vetting standards for countries under EO 13780 Travel Ban

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 14, 2017

      ICE seeks to destroy records relating to immigrant abuse in detention centers

      Detention ICEOther ProposedIn Litigation Data and ReportsForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. 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
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. July 24, 2017

      USCIS resumes premium processing for certain cap-exempt H1B visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. July 24, 2017

      DHS and TSA collect data from TSA facility visitors

      Enforcement TSA Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. July 25, 2017

      DOJ issues new conditions for FY 2017 Byrne JAG grants to "sanctuary" jurisdictions

      Sanctuary Restrictions AGICEState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    9. July 26, 2017

      USCIS expands naturalization fingerprinting requirements to applicants over 75

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2017

    1. August 1, 2017

      DHS waives environmental requirements for border wall projects

      Border DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 1, 2017

      DOS expands presumption of misrepresentation for nonimmigrants

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 1, 2017

      Reported: USCIS denies applications for advance parole where applicant leaves U.S. while application pending

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Rescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. August 9, 2017

      USCIS redefines "affiliate" and "subsidiary" for ACWIA Fee

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. August 14, 2017

      DHS expands eligibility for Global Entry Program

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. August 15, 2017

      ICE issues enforcement guidance to OPLA attorneys implementing EO 13768

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    7. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. August 16, 2017

      DHS terminates Central American Minors (CAM) Parole Program

      Minors USCISBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationDOSDHS Final/ActualIn Litigation Program Termination

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    9. August 16, 2017

      ORR announces Community Safety Initiative to review unaccompanied minor policies

      MinorsInterior ORRICEDOJState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    10. August 25, 2017

      CBP keeps checkpoints open for Hurricane Harvey

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. August 27, 2017

      Reported: Administration considers removing programs from J-1 visa eligibility

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. August 28, 2017

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

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
    13. August 29, 2017

      ICE replaces policies for noncitizen parents/legal guardians and their minor children

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    14. August 31, 2017

      CBP awards contracts for border wall prototypes

      Enforcement CBP Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2017

    1. September 5, 2017

      DHS terminates DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program

      DACA USCISDHS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency DirectiveProgram Termination

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. September 6, 2017

      CBP issues guidance on implementing DACA termination

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    5. September 12, 2017

      DHS waives rules to expedite building border wall in California

      Border CBPDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. September 13, 2017

      DHS imposes visa sanctions on four countries for failure to accept return of nationals

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular AffairsUSCISICECBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. September 15, 2017

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form N-300, Application to File Declaration of Intention

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. September 18, 2017

      ICE solicits comments on 287(g) information collection

      Interior ICE Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. September 18, 2017

      DHS publishes notice of DACA rescission in Federal Register

      DACA USCIS In LitigationRescinded Change in Practice
    10. September 18, 2017

      Immigration attorneys report that USCIS is now conducting site visits for L-1B visa holders

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. September 18, 2017

      DHS expands recordkeeping to include social media information

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. September 19, 2017

      Report that USCIS increases RFEs for H-1B petitions

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. September 19, 2017

      DOJ files denaturalization complaints against 3 U.S. citizens

      Citizenship USCISDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. September 21, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13810, barring categories of North Koreans from entry

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. September 21, 2017

      DHS establishes new CBP database and proposes privacy exemptions

      Enforcement CBP Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. September 24, 2017

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    17. September 28, 2017

      ICE targets enforcement in "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Operation "Safe City"

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. September 29, 2017

      POTUS caps refugee admissions at 45,000 for Fiscal Year 2018

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2017

    1. October 4, 2017

      USCIS permits concurrent application for employment authorization and Social Security Number

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 8, 2017

      DOJ/DHS plan to hire additional immigration judges and ICE attorneys

      Interior ICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 8, 2017

      White House releases details on interior enforcement principles and policies

      Sanctuary RestrictionsInteriorDetention ICEBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 8, 2017

      White House releases details on border security principles and policies

      Border CBPICEUSCISEOIR Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. October 11, 2017

      DHS terminates TPS for Sudan

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveProgram Termination
    7. October 12, 2017

      ICE seeks to identify new detention sites in Midwest and Utah

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. October 12, 2017

      USCIS begins requiring I-129 petitioners to file in the location of the company's primary office

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. October 13, 2017

      DOD increases naturalization requirements for military service

      Citizenship USCISDOD In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    10. October 17, 2017

      ICE directs increase in worksite enforcement investigations

      Workplace Enforcement ICE Reported Change in Practice
    11. October 19, 2017

      USCIS rescinds "hold" policy for alleged terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG)

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. October 23, 2017

      USCIS ceases deference to past decisions for nonimmigrant petition extension requests

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    13. October 24, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13815, announcing resumption of refugee admissions with new extreme vetting procedures

      Refugees Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationUSCISDOJ Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    14. October 26, 2017

      ICE imposes new removal deadline on noncitizens with pending U visa applications

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant VisasInterior ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. October 26, 2017

      CBP to evaluate eight border wall prototypes constructed by private industry

      Enforcement CBP Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. October 27, 2017

      DHS and SSA reauthorize a computer matching program to identify noncitizens who have left voluntarily or have been removed

      Enforcement DHSSSA Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2017

    1. November 1, 2017

      ICE opposes administrative closure for provisional unlawful presence waiver applicants

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 6, 2017

      DHS terminates TPS for Nicaragua

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveProgram Termination

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. November 6, 2017

      DHS delays decision on TPS for Honduras, triggering six-month extension

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. November 8, 2017

      USCIS adopts test for identifying "function managers"

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. November 11, 2017

      USCIS provides that beneficiaries of employment-based immigrant petitions may participate in revocation proceedings

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. November 16, 2017

      DOS restricts visas for certain Cambodian officials

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. November 20, 2017

      USCIS restricts eligibility for TN economist category to professional economists

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. November 20, 2017

      USCIS issues new standards for adoption from Hague Convention countries.

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedCitizenship USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. November 21, 2017

      USCIS bars consular certificates as proof of Cuban citizenship

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. November 22, 2017

      Administration drastically reduces transitional worker visa allotments for Northern Mariana Islands for FY 2017-2019

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2017

    1. December 2, 2017

      U.S. ends participation in Global Compact on Migration

      RefugeesImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular AffairsBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationOther Final/Actual Program Termination

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 14, 2017

      ICE ends presumption of release for pregnant detainees

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. 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
    4. December 15, 2017

      DHS adds requirements for countries to participate in Visa Waiver Program

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 22, 2017

      ICE gains access to nationwide license plate reader database

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. December 22, 2017

      USCIS updates procedures for Cubans following suspension of operations at Havana field office

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. December 29, 2017

      USCIS clarifies requirements for establishing corporate relationship for L-1 visa

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2018

    1. January 4, 2018

      CBP issues new directive on border search of electronic devices

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. January 4, 2018

      DHS issues Privacy Impact Assessment Update on seaches of electronic devices

      Border CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. January 4, 2018

      Visa approvals for family preference categories fall significantly in FY 2017

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. January 5, 2018

      USCIS requires federal contractors with a FAR requirement to provide their DUNS system during E-verify enrollment

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. January 5, 2018

      CBP expands website feature on Visa Waiver Program

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. January 5, 2018

      State Department expands travel restrictions for Eritreans

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas: VisitorNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based ICEUSCISDOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. January 10, 2018

      ICE establishes enforcement policy at courthouses

      Interior ICECBP Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    8. January 10, 2018

      ICE publishes three-prong policy to enforce compliance with employment requirements

      Employment VerificationWorkplace Enforcement ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. January 17, 2018

      ICE enters into Basic Ordering Agreements with Florida sheriffs

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. January 18, 2018

      DHS formally terminates TPS for Haiti

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination
    11. January 18, 2018

      DHS terminates TPS for El Salvador

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    12. January 18, 2018

      DHS removes Belize, Haiti and Samoa from countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. January 22, 2018

      DHS waives statutory requirements for NM border wall project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. January 24, 2018

      USCIS disallows OPT work at third-party locations

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student USCIS Replaced Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    16. January 26, 2018

      USCIS announces "last in-first out" processing for affirmative asylum interviews

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. January 29, 2018

      DHS announces new extreme vetting measures for refugees

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. 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
    19. January 31, 2018

      DHS extends TPS for Syria

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. February 2018

    1. February 1, 2018

      USCIS announces additional extreme vetting measures for "following-to-join" refugees

      Refugees USCISICECBPBureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. February 5, 2018

      DHS report calls for surveillance and vetting of Sunni Muslims

      CBPDHS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. February 6, 2018

      POTUS issues memorandum ordering creation of a National Vetting Center

      Enforcement DOSDHSDOJDODOther Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. February 8, 2018

      ICE and CBP reportedly separating family members

      Border CBPAG Reported Change in Practice
    5. February 8, 2018

      USCIS revises Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization to include question about prior arrests and convictions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. February 15, 2018

      USCIS issues new DACA guidelines after federal judge reinstates DACA

      DACA USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    7. February 15, 2018

      CBP announces updates on use of force policies

      Border CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. February 15, 2018

      USCIS restricts employers' outside counsel from signing H-1B petitions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. February 21, 2018

      Reports that CBP conducts transportation searches up to 100 air miles away from borders

      Border CBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. February 22, 2018

      USCIS changes third party placement and contract/itinerary requirements for H-1Bs

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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    11. February 27, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form I-192 for T or U visa applicants

      U/T/VAWA USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. February 28, 2018

      DHS rescinds duplicative systems of records notices for several USCIS databases

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. March 2018

    1. March 1, 2018

      USCIS begins denying SIJ status to 18-20 year olds

      MinorsImmigrant Visas: Special Immigrant USCISState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. March 7, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of A-B-, restricting asylum claims based on domestic or gang violence

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICEUSCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Adjudication
    4. March 10, 2018

      State Department announces New Delhi consulate will cease to issue certain family-related visas

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. March 12, 2018

      ICE reportedly declines to renew orders of supervision and stays of removal

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. March 16, 2018

      Reports that USCIS plans to establish internal office to police and reprimand employees

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. March 19, 2018

      USCIS restricts multinational employment exception, requires an additional year of qualifying employment abroad

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. March 19, 2018

      ICE gives notice of modifying and reissuing the DHS/ICE-013 Alien Health Records System

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. March 20, 2018

      USCIS suspends premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. March 22, 2018

      USCIS redesigns processing times webpage and tests new way of calculating processing times

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalization USCIS Final/Actual Data and ReportsForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. March 23, 2018

      USCIS expands prohibition on multiple H-1B cap-subject filings by "related entities"

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. March 27, 2018

      POTUS terminates DED for Liberia

      Humanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. March 30, 2018

      USCIS and CBP establish pilot program on immediate admissibility determination for Canadian L-1 applicants

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. April 2018

    1. April 3, 2018

      USCIS issues directive to destroy documents returned as undeliverable after 60 days

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. April 4, 2018

      USCIS reports efforts to narrow eligibility for nonimmigrant worker programs

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. April 6, 2018

      CBP issues Use of Force Statistics for Fiscal Year 2018

      Border CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. April 6, 2018

      POTUS issues memorandum ending "catch and release" at the border

      Border CBPICEUSCISORRAG Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    6. April 6, 2018

      DOJ announces "zero tolerance" policy on Southwest border

      Border CBPAG Final/Actual Agency Directive
    7. April 9, 2018

      Arizona deploys state National Guard to the border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. April 9, 2018

      CBP announces start of border wall replacement program in New Mexico

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. April 10, 2018

      ICE announces MOU with Nicaragua as participating partner in eTD system

      Enforcement ICE Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. April 10, 2018

      USCIS seeks comment on proposed revisions to Form G-884, Request for Return of Original Documents

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. April 11, 2018

      California agrees to deploy National Guard to the border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. April 13, 2018

      ICE checking criminal backgrounds of each adult in the household of unaccompanied minors' sponsors

      InteriorMinorsBorder CBPICEORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. April 13, 2018

      DHS agrees that HHS will share information about unaccompanied children, sponsors, and household members

      Border ORRICECBP Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. April 13, 2018

      Increased processing delays reported

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    15. April 17, 2018

      USCIS authorizes DNA tests to establish sibling relationships

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. April 18, 2018

      USCIS clarifies parental physical presence requirements for child born abroad

      Citizenship USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. April 23, 2018

      DHS agencies reportedly advocate detention and prosecution of parents

      Border CBPICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. April 24, 2018

      USCIS Phoenix Lockbox begins accepting Form N-565

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. April 24, 2018

      DHS gives notice of a new records system for biometric data

      Enforcement DHS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    20. 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
    21. April 25, 2018

      DHS adds Border Enforcement Security Task Forces (BEST)

      Border CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    22. April 26, 2018

      DHS terminates TPS for Nepal

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveProgram Termination
    23. April 27, 2018

      CBP's metering policy is confirmed through litigation

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    24. April 27, 2018

      USCIS begins to use "Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery" service

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2018

    1. May 1, 2018

      USCIS gives notice of updating its Citizenship and Immigration Data Repository

      Enforcement USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 1, 2018

      FY2017 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations report shows increase in arrests

      Enforcement ICE Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. May 2, 2018

      USCIS clarifies extension of EB-5 CPR status with pending Form I-829

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. May 2, 2018

      USCIS uses lottery to allocate FY19 CW-1 visas for Northern Mariana Islands

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. May 5, 2018

      DOS announces end of bilateral investment treaty with Ecuador and limits future E-2 visas for Ecuadorians

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Program Termination

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. May 8, 2018

      DHS proposes to exempt Criminal History and Immigration Verification System of Records from Privacy Act

      EnforcementMinors ICEDHS Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    8. May 11, 2018

      DOJ and USCIS increase cooperation to detect fraud by employers

      Workplace EnforcementEmployment Verification USCISIER Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. May 15, 2018

      HHS proposes expanded background checks and information sharing for sponsors of unaccompanied children

      MinorsInterior ORRICECBPDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. May 15, 2018

      USCIS rescinds tenant occupancy methodology for EB-5 visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. May 15, 2018

      USCIS no longer waives interviews for employment-based and fiancé-based adjustment cases

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    12. May 17, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of Castro-Tum, restricting administrative closure

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGUSCISICE Final/Actual Adjudication
    13. May 18, 2018

      ICE clarifies that certain F-1 student volunteer positions are disqualified from OPT

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. May 23, 2018

      USCIS issues policy guidance regarding Child Status Protection Act

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. May 25, 2018

      CBP proposes to include biometrics from vehicles as part of entry / exit system

      Enforcement CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. May 29, 2018

      USCIS removes asylum officer training documents from USCIS website

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. May 29, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. May 30, 2018

      USCIS launches first phase of new FOIA request system allowing digital access to records

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. May 31, 2018

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule
    20. May 31, 2018

      USCIS announces lottery for H-2B visas

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    21. May 31, 2018

      Secretary of State delegates Special Immigrant authority

      Immigrant Visas: Special Immigrant USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2018

    1. June 4, 2018

      CBP announces third U.S. border wall construction project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 5, 2018

      DHS terminates TPS for Honduras

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. June 5, 2018

      USCIS redesigns certificates of citizenship and naturalization

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. June 7, 2018

      ICE reportedly transfers 1,600 detainees into federal prisons

      Detention ICEDOJ Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. June 11, 2018

      USCIS reportedly launches a large-scale denaturalization operation

      Citizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. June 11, 2018

      USCIS extends duration for which I-751 and I-829 form receipts can be used as evidence of continued status from 12 months to 18 months

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. June 11, 2018

      Reported: Visas for Chinese students and researchers in sensitive areas restricted

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. June 12, 2018

      Reports that military posts to be used to house detained unaccompanied minors

      DetentionBorder ORRDODCBP Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. June 12, 2018

      DHS announces new Northern Border Strategy

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. June 15, 2018

      DHS establishes hotline for separated parents to locate children

      BorderMinors CBPORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. June 18, 2018

      USCIS releases criminal record data about DACA requestors

      DACA USCIS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. June 19, 2018

      DHS reportedly increasing its use of medical records in asylum determinations in children's cases

      MinorsAsylum, Withholding and CATEnforcement USCISICEORR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. June 19, 2018

      ICE uses civil fines to target people in sanctuary

      Sanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    14. June 20, 2018

      POTUS issues EO 13841, directing families to be detained together and seeking modification of Flores settlement.

      DetentionBorderMinors CBPICEORRDODEOIR Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    15. June 21, 2018

      CBP announces end to family separations based on border prosecutions

      Border CBPICEEOIRORRDOD Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    16. June 21, 2018

      Orlando airport becomes first in U.S. to commit to processing all international travelers with facial recognition technology

      Border CBP Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. June 22, 2018

      ICE seeks up to 15,000 beds to detain families

      DetentionMinorsBorderInterior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. June 22, 2018

      DHS updates DACA rescission memo

      DACA USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    19. June 23, 2018

      ICE designates special facility and policies for reunification and removal of separated families

      DetentionMinors EOIRICEORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    20. June 26, 2018

      DHS OIG report finds ICE inspections of detention facilities ineffective.

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    21. June 27, 2018

      DHS temporarily guards areas close to border wall

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    22. June 27, 2018

      ICE reportedly uses AB-60 driver licenses to conduct arrests in CA

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    23. June 28, 2018

      New Jersey IJs issue notices on asylum, withholding, and CAT relief applicants on Matter of A-B-

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT EOIRICE Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive
    24. June 28, 2018

      DOJ issues new immigration-related conditions for FY 2018 Byrne/JAG grants

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJICEState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    25. June 28, 2018

      USCIS expands grounds for issuance of NTAs

      InteriorHearings and AdjudicationsImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    26. June 28, 2018

      USCIS retains NTA policy for DACA requestors

      EnforcementDACA ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    27. June 28, 2018

      DHS extends employment authorization for Nepali F-1 nonimmigrant students for one year

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. July 2018

    1. July 1, 2018

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    2. July 5, 2018

      ICE reportedly to open new detention center (Texas)

      Detention ICE Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. July 10, 2018

      DHS issues a four-step process for family reunification to comply with court order

      EnforcementHearings and Adjudications AGICEORR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. July 10, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    6. July 11, 2018

      ICE issues guidance for OPLA attorneys on litigating asylum claims after Matter of A-B-

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCISICEEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive
    7. July 11, 2018

      Reports of possible safe-third country agreement with Mexico

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. July 13, 2018

      USCIS directs adjudicators to deny more applications without issuing a Request for Evidence

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    9. July 20, 2018

      Report: DHS increasing deportation and detention of U-1 status applicants

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. July 25, 2018

      Report that USCIS has increased rates of RFEs and denials of H-1B and L-1 petitions.

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Reported Change in Practice
    11. July 25, 2018

      USCIS offers grants to support citizenship preparation

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. July 30, 2018

      USCIS backlog of citizenship applications reportedly grows

      Citizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 2, 2018

      DHS publishes determination of waiver to begin building a border wall near San Diego

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 7, 2018

      DHS adopts enforcement measures targeting visa overstays

      Border USCISDOSCBPICE Final/Actual Change in PracticeData and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 9, 2018

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive
    4. August 13, 2018

      USCIS coordinates with ICE to arrest individuals at interviews

      Interior ICEUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    5. August 14, 2018

      DHS extends TPS for Yemen

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    6. August 14, 2018

      DHS launches data analytics program "Igloo" to target human smugglers

      Enforcement ICE Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. August 15, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    8. August 15, 2018

      USCIS seeks comment on proposed revisions to Form G-845, Document Verification Request and Supplement

      EnforcementLabor USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    9. August 16, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of L-A-B-R-, restricting continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICE Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. August 18, 2018

      Reports: ICE turns to CBP for extra detention space

      Border CBPICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. August 27, 2018

      DHS extends TPS for Somalia through March 17, 2020

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. August 29, 2018

      Reports of denials of passports to US citizens born near Mexican border

      Citizenship USCISDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. August 30, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    14. August 31, 2018

      DOJ subpoenas North Carolina voting records at ICE request

      Enforcement ICEDOJ Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. 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. September 2018

    1. September 11, 2018

      ICE is reportedly increasing use of video conferencing at immigration court

      InteriorHearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. September 12, 2018

      DHS transfers $10 million from FEMA to ICE to fund expanded immigration detention

      Detention ICEFEMA Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. September 13, 2018

      USCIS requests comment on proposed revisions to Forms I-924 and I-924A, Application for Regional Center Designation and Supplemental

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. September 14, 2018

      USCIS accepts negative consultation letters for O visa petitions directly from unions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. September 16, 2018

      Report that ICE issues NTAs with incorrect hearing dates

      InteriorHearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR ReportedIn Litigation Change in Practice
    6. September 17, 2018

      USCIS revises Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianNaturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. September 18, 2018

      AG Sessions issues Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-, truncating IJs' authority to terminate proceedings

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICE Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. September 21, 2018

      Report that ICE arrests sponsors of unaccompanied minors

      InteriorMinors ICEORR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. September 21, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form I-602, Application by Refugee for Waiver of Inadmissibility Grounds

      Refugees USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. September 21, 2018

      USCIS seeks comment on proposed revisions to Form I-690, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. September 24, 2018

      CBP announces facial recognition technology demonstration at Port San Luis

      Enforcement CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    12. September 26, 2018

      USCIS clarifies naturalization eligibility for children

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. September 27, 2018

      DHS Office of Inspector General releases a “Management Alert" addressing "Issues Requiring Action at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center"

      Detention ICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in PracticeData and Reports

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    14. September 28, 2018

      USCIS warns students about accrual of unlawful presence if they work after "cap gap" period

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. September 28, 2018

      USCIS requests comment on proposed revisions to Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver

      HumanitarianNon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. October 2018

    1. October 1, 2018

      USCIS issues guidance for certain H-2B foreign workers in Guam and Northern Mariana Islands

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. October 3, 2018

      USCIS begins administering naturalization test through digital tablet

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. October 4, 2018

      POTUS caps refugee admissions at 30,000 for Fiscal Year 2019

      Refugees USCISBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationORR Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. October 4, 2018

      DHS Secretary creates panel to examine best practices for families and children in CBP custody

      DetentionMinors CBPORRICE Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. October 9, 2018

      CBP says enforcement not altered by Canada's legalization of marijuana

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. October 10, 2018

      ICE ends practice of coordinating release plans for undocumented families in Arizona

      InteriorBorderDetention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. October 11, 2018

      DHS waives environmental laws to expedite border wall construction in Rio Grande Valley

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. October 12, 2018

      U.S. allegedly working with Mexican officials to restrict asylum seekers' access to U.S. border

      Asylum, Withholding and CATMinorsBorder CBPUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. October 12, 2018

      USCIS clarifies marriage and marital union requirements for naturalization

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. October 16, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    11. 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
    12. October 25, 2018

      USCIS alters use of Form G-325A in USCIS Policy Manual

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. October 26, 2018

      ICE changes unemployment calculations for students while on post-completion/STEM OPT

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. October 30, 2018

      DOL updates H-1B labor condition application form

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. October 30, 2018

      USCIS clarifies EB-5 eligibility of redemption agreement-financed investments

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. October 30, 2018

      USCIS phases out self-scheduled Infopass appointments

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. October 30, 2018

      USCIS announces expansion of InfoMod program

      USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2018

    1. November 2, 2018

      USCIS proposes revisions to Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of LPR Status

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. November 6, 2018

      CBP partners with DOD for Operation Secure Line at southwest border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. November 8, 2018

      USCIS announces continued implementation of policy memo on NTAs

      Interior USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. November 9, 2018

      POTUS issues Proclamation 9822 suspending entry across southern border outside ports of entry to bar asylum access

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISICEEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. November 9, 2018

      USCIS issues guidance to asylum officers implementing asylum ban proclamation and regulation

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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    8. November 9, 2018

      USCIS amends guidance on suitability of prospective parents for intercountry adoption

      Immigrant Visas: Family-BasedCitizenship USCISDOS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. November 15, 2018

      USCIS issues guidance on L-1 one-year foreign employment requirement

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. November 16, 2018

      USCIS consolidates data on its website into one page entitled Immigration and Citizenship Data

      CitizenshipImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. November 19, 2018

      EOIR Director orders IJs to adjudicate asylum claims within 180 days

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT ICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    13. November 30, 2018

      ACIJ directs NYC IJs to complete family cases within 365 days

      Hearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. November 30, 2018

      USCIS revises interview waiver guidance for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

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