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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
    6. January 31, 2017

      EOIR announces revised case processing priorities

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully 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 9, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13776, creating task force on "illegal immigration"

      Enforcement DOJAG Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. February 17, 2017

      CBP issues memo on hiring to comply with EO 13767

      Border CBP Proposed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    5. February 20, 2017

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

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

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

      InteriorDetentionSanctuary RestrictionsBorder CBPICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    7. February 21, 2017

      AG Sessions rescinds order phasing out BOP-contracted private prisons

      Enforcement DOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. February 21, 2017

      CBP issues memo implementing EO 13767 and EO 13768

      InteriorBorder CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive
    12. 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 4, 2017

      Office of Refugee Resettlement requires director's approval of abortions for unaccompanied children in detention shelters

      DetentionMinors ORR Final/ActualIn LitigationReplaced Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. March 6, 2017

      USCIS extends Work Authorization for TPS Holders from El Salvador

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. March 17, 2017

      EOIR deploys IJs to implement Executive Orders re southern border

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. March 17, 2017

      CBP requests proposals for border wall prototypes

      Border CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. March 17, 2017

      DOS issues new guidance for heightened vetting of visa applicants

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. 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
    13. March 24, 2017

      EOIR announces new hearing locations: Cibola and Alvarado

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. March 30, 2017

      AG Sessions expands IHP

      Interior EOIRCBPICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. 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

      DOJ and DOL warn H-1B employers not to discriminate against U.S. workers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedEmployment Verification IERDOL Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. April 5, 2017

      EOIR directs NGO to enter formal appearances in immigration court cases

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    5. 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
    6. April 7, 2017

      DOS accepts EU Laissez-Passer as "passport"

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. April 10, 2017

      USCIS recommends termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

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

      DOJ announces "streamlined" IJ hiring

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. April 11, 2017

      AG Sessions orders federal prosecutors to give greater priority to criminal immigration violations

      Hearings and Adjudications DOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. April 11, 2017

      Report that ICE is detaining people at their check-ins

      Interior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. April 12, 2017

      Draft DHS progress report on EO 13767 implementation

      InteriorBorderDetention CBPICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. 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
    13. April 13, 2017

      DOL issues notice re food and lodging expenses for H-2A and H-2B workers

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. 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
    18. April 26, 2017

      DHS creates Victims of Immigration Crime Enforcement Office

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    19. 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. May 2, 2017

      DOJ requests comments on Form EOIR-27, Notice of Entry of Appearance before BIA

      HumanitarianHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. May 4, 2017

      DOS issues new supplemental questionnaire (Form DS-5535) for enhanced vetting

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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. June 6, 2017

      DOL announces increased civil and criminal immigration enforcement

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. June 21, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13802, removing three-week timeline requirement for consular non-immigrant visa interviews

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. June 28, 2017

      DOS implements Travel Ban after preliminary injunctions lifted

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    11. 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

      DOS issues expanded definition of "close familial relationship" under EO 13780

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. July 26, 2017

      USCIS expands naturalization fingerprinting requirements to applicants over 75

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. 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
    12. July 31, 2017

      EOIR discourages IJs from granting continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. 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 3, 2017

      DOJ announces it will withhold Public Safety Partnership funds from sanctuary jurisdictions

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJState & Local Entities Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. August 8, 2017

      EOIR data shows increase in removal orders in first six months of the Trump Administration

      EnforcementHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. August 14, 2017

      DHS expands eligibility for Global Entry Program

      Immigrant VisasCitizenship CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. August 15, 2017

      ICE issues enforcement guidance to OPLA attorneys implementing EO 13768

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    9. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. Current Status

      Not in effect
    13. August 25, 2017

      CBP keeps checkpoints open for Hurricane Harvey

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. 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
    15. 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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. August 29, 2017

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

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. 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 10, 2017

      DOJ and DOS sign agreement on employer visa misconduct

      EnforcementWorkplace EnforcementEmployment Verification IERBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. October 11, 2017

      DHS terminates TPS for Sudan

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveProgram Termination

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    8. October 12, 2017

      DOJ finds five jurisdictions not in compliance with § 1373, gives time to respond

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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. October 13, 2017

      DOD increases naturalization requirements for military service

      Citizenship USCISDOD In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    12. October 17, 2017

      ICE directs increase in worksite enforcement investigations

      Workplace Enforcement ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. 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
    14. October 23, 2017

      USCIS ceases deference to past decisions for nonimmigrant petition extension requests

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. October 26, 2017

      CBP to evaluate eight border wall prototypes constructed by private industry

      Enforcement CBP Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. October 27, 2017

      DOL allows State Workforce Agency (SWA) to upload responsive documents for H-2A or H-2B applications

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. 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 15, 2017

      DOJ warns 29 jurisdictions about losing Byrne JAG funds for non-compliance with § 1373

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. November 21, 2017

      USCIS bars consular certificates as proof of Cuban citizenship

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. 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 5, 2017

      DOJ provides backgrounder on EOIR’s strategic caseload reduction plan

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. December 14, 2017

      ICE ends presumption of release for pregnant detainees

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. December 20, 2017

      EOIR cuts back on child-friendly practices in immigration court

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. December 20, 2017

      EOIR issues new guidance on cases subject to the cancellation/suspension cap

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. Current Status

      Not in effect
    10. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. December 22, 2017

      ICE gains access to nationwide license plate reader database

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. 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
    13. 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 signifcantly in FY 2017

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully 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

      EOIR Director issues directives on case priorities and IJ performance metrics

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. January 17, 2018

      EOIR issues guidance on change of venue

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. January 17, 2018

      ICE enters into Basic Ordering Agreements with Florida sheriffs

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. January 18, 2018

      DHS formally terminates TPS for Haiti

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

      DHS terminates TPS for El Salvador

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    14. 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
    15. January 22, 2018

      DHS waives statutory requirements for NM border wall project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. January 24, 2018

      DOJ demands documents from cities regarding information sharing with DHS and DOJ

      Interior AG Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. January 24, 2018

      USCIS disallows OPT work at third-party locations

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student USCIS Replaced Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    19. 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
    20. January 26, 2018

      State Department issues guidance on issuing visas for less than full reciprocity period

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    21. January 26, 2018

      ORR seeks comment on a proposed new Medical Complaint Form

      Minors ORR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    22. 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
    23. 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
    24. 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

      ORR/ACF seek comments on Form ORR-6 regarding effectiveness of state benefits and social services

      Humanitarian ORR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. 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
    7. February 15, 2018

      USCIS issues new DACA guidelines after federal judge reinstates DACA

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

      CBP announces updates on use of force policies

      Border CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. 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
    13. February 27, 2018

      EOIR expands BIA to 21 judges

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. February 27, 2018

      State Department publishes FAQ on terrorism designations

      Enforcement DOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. 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
    16. 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. March 1, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. March 1, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. March 1, 2018

      USCIS Service Center Operations Directorate removes public email address from webpage

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. Current Status

      Not in effect
    7. March 6, 2018

      Reported: State Dept. grants few travel ban waivers

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Reported Change in Practice
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. March 12, 2018

      DOS updates language on inadmissibility for application denials.

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. 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
    13. March 19, 2018

      EOIR requests comments on proposed e-filing portal for OCAHO

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. 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
    18. 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
    19. March 26, 2018

      Commerce Department announces addition of citizenship question to 2020 Census

      Citizenship DOJOther In LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRescinded Change in PracticeData and Reports

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    20. March 27, 2018

      POTUS terminates DED for Liberia

      Humanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    21. March 27, 2018

      DOJ reaches agreement with West Palm Beach over 8 U.S.C. § 1373 compliance

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJState & Local Entities Final/Actual Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    22. March 30, 2018

      EOIR imposes IJ quotas and deadlines

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    23. 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
    24. March 30, 2018

      DOS adds social media questions to Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Family-BasedImmigrant Visas: DiversityImmigrant Visas: Special Immigrant DOS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection
  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

      POTUS issues Presidential Proclamation, removing Chad from Travel Ban

      Non-Immigrant Visas: VisitorImmigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    10. April 10, 2018

      POTUS issues EO 13828, ordering several agencies to restrict immigrant access to public assistance programs

      Humanitarian DOLHHSOther Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. April 11, 2018

      California agrees to deploy National Guard to the border

      Border CBPDOD Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. April 11, 2018

      EOIR reportedly plans to halt LOP

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Program Termination

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    15. April 13, 2018

      DOJ demands evidence of compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 from three jurisdictions

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency DirectiveForms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    16. 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
    17. 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
    18. April 13, 2018

      Increased processing delays reported

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. April 17, 2018

      Whistleblowers allege DOJ blocks hiring of IJs and Board Members on ideological and political grounds

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    20. 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
    21. 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
    22. April 23, 2018

      DHS agencies reportedly advocate detention and prosecution of parents

      Border CBPICEUSCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    23. April 24, 2018

      USCIS Phoenix Lockbox begins accepting Form N-565

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    24. 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
    25. 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
    26. April 25, 2018

      DHS adds Border Enforcement Security Task Forces (BEST)

      Border CBP Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    27. April 26, 2018

      DHS terminates TPS for Nepal

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

      CBP's metering policy is confirmed through litigation

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    29. 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

      DOJ announces additional prosecutors and IJs for southwest border

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    8. 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
    9. May 9, 2018

      EOIR releases immigration court statistics through Q2 of FY18

      Asylum, Withholding and CATMinorsHearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    12. May 11, 2018

      CDC gives notice of information collection worksheet for newly-arrived persons with tuberculosis

      Enforcement CDC Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. 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
    14. 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
    15. 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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    16. May 17, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGUSCISICE Final/Actual Adjudication
    17. 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
    18. May 22, 2018

      DOJ seeks comment on proposal that OVC grantees must use TIMS, an electronic database

      EnforcementHumanitarian DOJ Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    19. 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
    20. 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
    21. 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
    22. May 29, 2018

      CDC proposes revisions to tuberculosis information collection from U.S. panel physicians

      RefugeesImmigrant Visas CDC Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    23. 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
    24. 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
    25. May 31, 2018

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule
    26. 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
    27. 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 1, 2018

      DOL clarifies H-2B labor certification receipt time

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 4, 2018

      CBP announces third U.S. border wall construction project

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. June 5, 2018

      DHS terminates TPS for Honduras

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. June 5, 2018

      USCIS redesigns certificates of citizenship and naturalization

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. June 7, 2018

      ICE reportedly transfers 1,600 detainees into federal prisons

      Detention ICEDOJ Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. June 11, 2018

      USCIS reportedly launches a large-scale denaturalization operation

      Citizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. June 12, 2018

      DHS announces new Northern Border Strategy

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    11. June 14, 2018

      DOS proposed revisions to Form DS-7655, Iraqi Citizens and Nationals Employed by Federal Contractors and Grantees

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugeesImmigrant Visas: Special Immigrant DOS Rescinded Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    12. June 15, 2018

      DHS establishes hotline for separated parents to locate children

      BorderMinors CBPORR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    13. June 18, 2018

      USCIS releases criminal record data about DACA requestors

      DACA USCIS Final/Actual Data and Reports

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. 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
    15. June 19, 2018

      ORR gives notice of proposed information collection to evaluate services provided to repatriates

      Citizenship ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    16. June 19, 2018

      ICE uses civil fines to target people in sanctuary

      Sanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    17. 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
    18. June 21, 2018

      DOJ requests relief from Flores settlement in order to detain children in family facilities

      Hearings and Adjudications DOJ In Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    19. June 21, 2018

      CBP announces end to family separations based on border prosecutions

      Border CBPICEEOIRORRDOD Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    20. June 21, 2018

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

      DetentionMinors ORRDOD Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    21. 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
    22. June 22, 2018

      ICE seeks up to 15,000 beds to detain families

      DetentionMinorsBorderInterior ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    23. June 22, 2018

      DHS updates DACA rescission memo

      DACA USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    24. 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
    25. June 25, 2018

      EOIR pilots electronic filing

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    26. June 25, 2018

      State Department requires electronic filing for EB-5 applications

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    27. 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
    28. June 26, 2018

      Notice of information collection for HHS Certification for Foreign Adult Victims of Human Trafficking

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    29. June 27, 2018

      DHS temporarily guards areas close to border wall

      Border CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    30. 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
    31. 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
    32. 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
    33. June 28, 2018

      USCIS expands grounds for issuance of NTAs

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

      USCIS retains NTA policy for DACA requestors

      EnforcementDACA ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    35. 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

      SSA announces return of "no-match" letters

      Workplace Enforcement SSA Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. 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
    3. July 3, 2018

      AG Sessions rescinds 24 guidance documents, including guidance discouraging employers from discriminating against asylees and refugees

      RefugeesAsylum, Withholding and CATSanctuary Restrictions DOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. July 5, 2018

      ICE reportedly to open new detention center (Texas)

      Detention ICE Reported Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. July 5, 2018

      Reports that U.S. Army is discharging immigrant recruits

      Citizenship DOD ReportedRescinded Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. July 10, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. July 19, 2018

      EOIR launches electronic filing pilot program, starting with San Diego immigration court

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    14. July 20, 2018

      DOJ issues FY18 solicitation for Byrne JAG grants with new "conditions"

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    15. 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
    16. July 20, 2018

      Agencies seek comment on proposed revisions to forms related to combating trafficking in persons

      U/T/VAWA DODOther Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    17. July 24, 2018

      DOJ directs public information offices to use the term "illegal alien"

      Enforcement DOJ Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    18. 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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect