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  1. January 2021

    1. January 19, 2021

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

      TPSHumanitarian DHS Final/ActualExpiredReplaced Presidential Orders
    2. January 19, 2021

      DOS designates Ansarallah as a foreign terrorist organization

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. January 19, 2021

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

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

      USCIS requests comments on proposed revisions to Form N-400

      Naturalization USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    5. January 15, 2021

      DOL expands applicability to secondary employers of filing requirements for LCAs

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Agency Directive
    6. January 15, 2021

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

      BorderInterior DHS Reported Change in Practice
    7. January 14, 2021

      DOL issues rule restructuring prevailing wage system, increasing minimums

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    8. January 14, 2021

      Acting Attorney General issues a second Matter of A-B- to provide "additional guidance" on asylum

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication
    9. January 14, 2021

      DOS designates various organizations, individuals as terrorists

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor DOS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive
    10. January 14, 2021

      USCIS issues policy guidance on discretionary EAD under adjustment or deferred action applications

      Immigrant VisasDACAEnforcement USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    11. January 13, 2021

      DHS removes Mongolia, Samoa, and Tonga from countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visas

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    12. January 13, 2021

      EOIR announces interactive Policy Manual to access BIA and Immigration Court Practice Manuals

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    13. January 11, 2021

      DOL issues direct final rule on e-filing and e-service for ARB proceedings

      Hearings and AdjudicationsNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Rule
    14. January 11, 2021

      DOL announces proposed rulemaking and direct final rule on e-filing and e-service for Office of Administrative Law Judges proceedings

      Hearings and AdjudicationsNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Proposed Rule
    15. January 8, 2021

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/ActualEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    16. January 8, 2021

      EOIR Director issues guidance to restrict continuances

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    17. January 7, 2021

      ORR proposes new information collection on mental health services for unaccompanied minors

      Minors ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    18. January 5, 2021

      ORR proposes changes to application and agreement for sponsors of unaccompanied minors

      Minors ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    19. January 4, 2021

      DHS and DOL issue direct final rule extending DOL discretionary review to H-2B temporary labor certification cases

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedLabor DHSDOL ProposedFinal/Actual Rule
  1. December 2020

    1. December 31, 2020

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

      Border CDCCBP Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. December 29, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS provides update on Application Support Centers

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. December 29, 2020

      ICE further limits asylum relief for children

      Minors ICE Reported Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    4. December 23, 2020

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCISCBPDHSEOIR Final/Actual Rule
    5. December 18, 2020

      EOIR dramatically increases fees for appeals, applications, and motions

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Rule

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    6. December 18, 2020

      EOIR Director issues policy memo on fees and fee waivers

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    7. December 16, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR ProposedIn LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRescinded Rule
    8. December 15, 2020

      USCIS expands interview requirements for refugee/asylee adjustment of status

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    9. December 15, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS updates stakeholders regarding significant delay in processing receipt notices at USCIS lockbox facilities

      Non-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    10. December 11, 2020

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    11. December 11, 2020

      ORR proposes 3-year extension, revisions to Report Forms ORR-3 and ORR-4, for the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program

      MinorsRefugees ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    12. December 11, 2020

      EOIR Director instructs IJs and BIA on significant asylum reg

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    13. December 10, 2020

      EOIR Director rescinds and replaces OPPMs on pro bono representation

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    14. December 8, 2020

      State Department proposes revisions to Refugee Biographic Data Sheet

      Refugees DOSBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationUSCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    15. December 4, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information CollectionRule

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    16. December 4, 2020

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

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

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    18. December 1, 2020

      ICE subpoenas BuzzFeed, demands journalists reveal sources

      Enforcement ICE ReportedRescinded Change in Practice
  1. November 2020

    1. November 27, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRICE Proposed Rule
    2. November 27, 2020

      EOIR proposes regs to further narrow continuances in immigration court

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. November 25, 2020

      ORR proposes new data collection form for serious medical procedure requests

      Minors ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    4. November 19, 2020

      ORR proposes new instruments for information collections relating to the care of unaccompanied children

      Minors ORR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    5. November 18, 2020

      EOIR requests comments on New FOIAXpress Public Access Link

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

      USCIS to require I-730 petitioners to appear for interview

      RefugeesAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualRescinded Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    7. November 17, 2020

      USCIS announces proposed revisions to Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status for trafficking victims

      U/T/VAWA USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    8. November 16, 2020

      USCIS Provides Information on E-Verify TNC Requirements

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    9. November 13, 2020

      USCIS revises naturalization test, making civics portion more difficult

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    10. November 9, 2020

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

      MinorsRefugees ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    11. November 5, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of Negusie, ruling there is no duress exception to "persecutor bar" for asylum and withholding of removal

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT AGEOIRICEUSCIS Final/Actual Adjudication
    12. November 5, 2020

      DOL issues final rule on Adverse Effect Wage Rate for H-2A agricultural laborers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    13. November 4, 2020

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

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

      IJ union decertified

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Litigation Change in Practice
  1. October 2020

    1. October 30, 2020

      CBP expelling migrant children from other countries into Mexico

      BorderMinorsAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBP Reported Change in Practice
    2. October 27, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. October 23, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-7794, Electronic Medical Examination

      Immigrant Visas DOS Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. October 22, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    5. October 21, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    6. October 21, 2020

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs In Litigation Forms and Information Collection
    7. October 9, 2020

      Reported: DOJ cancels diversity training, including for immigration judges

      Hearings and Adjudications DOJEOIR Final/ActualRescinded Agency Directive
    8. October 8, 2020

      DHS issues interim final rule narrowing H-1B criteria

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRenewed Rule
    9. October 6, 2020

      USCIS issues guidance on TPS and eligibility for adjustment of status

      TPSImmigrant Visas USCISAG Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    10. October 2, 2020

      USCIS proposes regulatory changes to affidavit of support requirements

      Immigrant Visas USCISDHS Proposed Forms and Information CollectionRule
    11. October 1, 2020

      COVID-19: DOS provides information on national interest exceptions for certain travelers from Europe

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor Bureau of Consular AffairsUSCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectivePresidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    12. October 1, 2020

      POTUS signs spending measure expanding USCIS premium processing, extending expiring immigration programs

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedImmigrant Visas: Employment-BasedEmployment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Legislation
  1. September 2020

    1. September 30, 2020

      EOIR proposes regulatory change to allow some preparation assistance by representatives without a full appearance

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information CollectionRule
    2. September 30, 2020

      DOS releases instructions for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. September 25, 2020

      ICE modifies enforcement efforts during COVID-19

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice
    4. September 25, 2020

      DHS proposes rule to establish fixed time admission for F, J and I nonimmigrants

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas DHSCBP Proposed Rule
    5. September 24, 2020

      AG Barr issues Matter of A-C-A-A-, requiring BIA to review asylum grants more critically

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication
    6. September 23, 2020

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications USCIS Final/ActualExpired Rule
    7. September 22, 2020

      EOIR proposes revisions to Form EOIR-27, Entry of Appearance as Attorney/Representative Before BIA

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    8. September 17, 2020

      USCIS issues policy alert updating guidance on O visas

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    9. September 15, 2020

      DOS publishes FAQ on J Visa Processing Under Presidential Proclamation 10052

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based Bureau of Consular AffairsDOS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    10. September 15, 2020

      DOS releases guidance on 2020 Fiscal Year (DV-2020) adjudications after Gomez v. Trump ruling

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    11. September 11, 2020

      DHS proposes rule to expand biometric data collection

      Non-Immigrant VisasEnforcementImmigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Rule
    12. September 2, 2020

      USCIS revises guidance regarding forms and fees to align with USCIS fee rule

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in PracticeForms and Information CollectionRule
  1. August 2020

    1. August 25, 2020

      DOS temporarily expands nonimmigrant visa interview waiver eligibility

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    2. August 21, 2020

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

      EnforcementDACA CBPICEUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    3. August 20, 2020

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

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualRescinded Agency Directive
    4. August 19, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS allows employees to use Form I-797 for Form I-9 verification during EAD production delays

      Employment VerificationImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. August 3, 2020

      USCIS issues final rule increasing fees

      Asylum, Withholding and CATImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
  1. July 2020

    1. Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. July 24, 2020

      ORR proposes a new information collection regarding placement and transfer of UACs into ORR facilities

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

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

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

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

      MinorsDetention ORRHHS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    5. July 21, 2020

      POTUS issues memorandum excluding undocumented immigrants from apportionment base

      Citizenship Other Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    6. July 21, 2020

      USCIS reduces capacity to print green cards and employment authorization documents

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    7. July 17, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    8. July 8, 2020

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

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

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

      RefugeesImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    10. July 7, 2020

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

      Immigrant Visas DOS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
  1. June 2020

    1. June 29, 2020

      USCIS updates filing location for Forms I-918 and I-485 for applicants filing for U nonimmigrant status

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. June 26, 2020

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationRescinded Rule
    3. June 25, 2020

      USCIS proposes cost recovery surcharge

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Legislation
    4. June 22, 2020

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CATLabor USCISDHS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    5. June 22, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation freezing certain nonimmigrant visas through the end of 2020

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISDOLDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    6. June 17, 2020

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

      HumanitarianCitizenship Other Final/Actual Rule
    7. June 11, 2020

      POTUS issues EO 13928, suspending entry of noncitizens working for the ICC

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    8. June 8, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
    9. June 4, 2020

      ICE begins testing all incoming detainees for COVID-19

      Detention ICE Final/ActualEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice
  1. May 2020

    1. May 28, 2020

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

      Enforcement CBPTSABureau of Consular Affairs Rescinded Change in Practice
    2. May 24, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS suspends entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in Brazil

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    3. May 15, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice
    4. May 14, 2020

      USCIS publishes interim final rule implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule
    5. May 11, 2020

      DHS restricts admission periods for Chinese journalists

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCIS Final/ActualReplaced Rule

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    6. May 6, 2020

      USCIS allows military personnel and veterans to file naturalization applications online

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

    1. April 27, 2020

      USCIS releases updated I-9 handbook for employers

      Employment Verification ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. April 23, 2020

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

      Interior ICEDOS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. April 22, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of designated immigrants for 60 days

      Immigrant VisasBorderNon-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    4. April 16, 2020

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

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    5. April 16, 2020

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

      MinorsDetention ORR Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    6. April 7, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness law

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    7. April 3, 2020

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

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
  1. March 2020

    1. March 26, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. March 24, 2020

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

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

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. March 21, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS issues temporary E-Verify policies

      Employment Verification USCISSSA Final/Actual Agency Directive
    5. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS announces temporary suspension of premium processing for I-129 and I-140 petitions

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Replaced Agency Directive
    6. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: US-Canada joint initiative restricts non-essential border crossings

      BorderNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPDHS Final/ActualRenewedRescinded Change in Practice
    7. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: US-Mexico joint initiative restricts non-essential border crossings

      BorderNon-Immigrant Visas: Visitor CBPDHS Final/ActualRenewed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    8. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: CDC order under Title 42 authorizes CBP expulsion of persons arriving by land from Mexico or Canada without valid documents

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CATMinors CBPDHSCDC Final/ActualIn LitigationRenewed Agency Directive
    9. March 20, 2020

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

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPCDC Final/Actual Agency Directive
    10. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: USCIS announces flexibility in submitting required signatures during COVID-19 national emergency

      HumanitarianImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
    11. March 20, 2020

      COVID-19: DHS announces flexibility in requirements related to Form I-9 compliance

      Employment Verification ICE Final/Actual Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection
    12. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: EOIR sets immigration court practices during outbreak

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Replaced Agency Directive
    13. March 17, 2020

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

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

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

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice
    15. March 11, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in Schengen Area

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DOSDHS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    16. March 9, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Student ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    17. March 5, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on submission of benefit requests

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    18. March 4, 2020

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

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice
  1. February 2020

    1. February 29, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS suspends entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in Iran

      EnforcementNon-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. February 26, 2020

      USCIS clarifies effect of breaks in continuity of residence on eligibility for naturalization

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. February 24, 2020

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

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Reported Change in Practice
    4. February 13, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/ActualRescinded Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    5. February 10, 2020

      President Trump proposes further reduction in funding for E-verify

      Employment Verification USCIS Proposed Legislation
    6. February 10, 2020

      DHS to collect social media information on certain CBP and USCIS forms

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalization CBPUSCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    7. February 4, 2020

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

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice
  1. January 2020

    1. January 31, 2020

      POTUS issues Presidential Proclamation 9983, adding six new countries to Travel Ban

      Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. January 31, 2020

      COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in China

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    3. January 31, 2020

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

      Employment Verification USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. January 30, 2020

      USCIS issues guidance on biometrics services and fingerprint waivers

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalizationHumanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    5. January 29, 2020

      USCIS adjusts process for processing EB-5 immigrant investor petitions

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    6. January 23, 2020

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CATU/T/VAWA USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
    7. January 17, 2020

      EOIR Director expands restrictions on immigration judges' public speaking

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRDOJ Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    8. January 6, 2020

      DOL relaxes Wagner-Peyser requirements for states

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-BasedLabor DOL Final/Actual Rule
  1. December 2019

    1. December 13, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance on "unlawful acts" for good moral character evaluations

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. December 6, 2019

      USCIS proposes substantial changes to the USCIS motions and appeals process (Form I-290B)

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant VisasHumanitarian USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    3. December 2, 2019

      ICE issues 2019 detention standards

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. November 2019

    1. November 21, 2019

      EOIR reaffirms amici cannot engage in legal advocacy before IJs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. November 19, 2019

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

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT EOIRUSCISCBPDOS Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule
    3. November 19, 2019

      EOIR memorializes policy regarding joint rule on the implementation of Asylum Cooperative Agreements

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderHearings and Adjudications USCISEOIRICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    4. November 19, 2019

      USCIS issues policy guidance on Special Immigrant Juvenile classification

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

      EOIR issues guidance regarding child advocates in UAC hearings

      MinorsHearings and Adjudications EOIRORRICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    6. November 8, 2019

      USCIS publishes final rule requiring $10 fee per registration for H-1B cap selection process

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule
    7. November 6, 2019

      DHS begins implementing the Humanitarian Asylum Review Program

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

    1. Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. October 11, 2019

      State Department acts on 'Public Charge' changes, including issuing Interim Final Rule

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRescinded Rule
    3. October 7, 2019

      DHS begins implementing the Prompt Asylum Claim Review program

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderDetentionHearings and Adjudications CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice
    4. October 4, 2019

      POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of immigrants unable to obtain health care

      Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs In Litigation Presidential Orders
    5. October 1, 2019

      EOIR Director modifies BIA case processing, creates internal deadlines

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. September 2019

    1. September 30, 2019

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugees USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. September 26, 2019

      POTUS issues EO 13888, limiting refugee resettlement to states and localities consenting to receive refugees

      Refugees Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationUSCISORRState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Presidential Orders
    3. September 25, 2019

      United States and Honduras sign Asylum Cooperative Agreement

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPUSCISDOJ Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    4. September 20, 2019

      United States and El Salvador sign Asylum Cooperative Agreement

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DOJUSCISCBP Final/ActualIn LitigationRescinded Agency Directive
    5. September 3, 2019

      Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for border wall

      Border CBPDOD Final/ActualIn LitigationRescinded Agency Directive
  1. August 2019

    1. August 23, 2019

      Final Rule terminating Flores Agreement on detention of migrant children

      DetentionMinors ICEUSCISCBPORR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. August 19, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance on discretionary employment authorization for parolees

      HumanitarianEmployment VerificationEnforcement CBPICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. August 16, 2019

      EOIR Director restricts use of status dockets

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    4. August 14, 2019

      USCIS issues final rule on public charge inadmissibility grounds

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    5. August 14, 2019

      New Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, required for adjustment of status applications

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection
    6. August 14, 2019

      USCIS releases new forms, Form I-945 and I-356, to formalize the public charge bond process

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Forms and Information Collection
    7. August 14, 2019

      USCIS publishes revised forms consistent with final rule on public charge ground of inadmissibility

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection
    8. August 2, 2019

      USCIS to terminate Haitian Family Reunification Parole program and Filipino World War II Veterans Parole program

      Humanitarian USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency DirectiveProgram Termination
    9. August 2, 2019

      ICE releases Fact Sheet on Directive 11005.2 allowing ICE power to immediately remove U Visa Petitioners

      U/T/VAWANon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. July 2019

    1. July 29, 2019

      AG decides Matter of L-E-A-, narrowing family-based PSGs

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT EOIRICEAGUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Adjudication
    2. July 26, 2019

      United States and Guatemala sign Asylum Cooperative Agreement

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder DOJCBPUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    3. July 26, 2019

      DOL proposes rule that would change H-2A labor certification process

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Proposed Rule
    4. July 24, 2019

      USCIS makes significant changes to EB-5 immigrant investor program

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDHS Final/ActualIn LitigationReplaced Rule
    5. December 17, 2020

      DHS and DOJ issue joint third country asylum final rule

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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    6. July 15, 2019

      EOIR issues guidelines regarding DHS/DOJ third country interim final rule

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT ICEEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationRescinded Agency Directive
    7. July 11, 2019

      POTUS issues EO 13880 on Collecting Information about Citizenship Status in Connection with 2020 Census

      Citizenship DHSDOSHHSSSA Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    8. July 9, 2019

      Asylum seekers given less time to prepare for credible fear interviews

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    9. July 1, 2019

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

      Border CBPDHS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    10. July 1, 2019

      DOL limits its discretionary power in certifying U, T visas

      U/T/VAWA DOL Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. June 2019

    1. June 30, 2019

      USCIS extends benefits for certain CNMI residents

      HumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive
    2. June 11, 2019

      HUD announces DACA recipients are ineligible for U.S.-backed mortgages

      DACA Other Final/ActualRescinded Change in Practice
    3. June 5, 2019

      DOS requires Diversity Visa Program petitioners to provide more passport information

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity DOS Final/Actual Rule
  1. April 2019

    1. April 30, 2019

      Asylum interviewers will no longer be trained to consider lack of asylum seekers' evidence

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    2. April 26, 2019

      USCIS proposes revisions to N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions

      Naturalization USCIS Final/ActualRescinded Forms and Information Collection
    3. April 22, 2019

      White House directs agencies to tighten B-1/B-2 and Visa Waiver Program enforcement

      Non-Immigrant Visas: VisitorNon-Immigrant Visas ICEDOSDHS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    4. April 1, 2019

      USCIS denies H-1B petitions at higher rates

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
  1. March 2019

    1. March 28, 2019

      POTUS extends period of Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

      Humanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. March 11, 2019

      White House FY2020 Budget Proposal includes $8.6 billion in border wall funding

      InteriorBorder CBPICEUSCISOther Proposed Legislation
    3. March 8, 2019

      DHS extends TPS designation for South Sudan

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. February 2019

    1. February 15, 2019

      POTUS declares national emergency to "build the wall" along the southern U.S. border

      Border CBPDOD In Litigation Presidential Orders
    2. February 14, 2019

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

      Refugees USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    3. February 12, 2019

      ICE issues guidance on Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT ICEEOIR Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. February 11, 2019

      USCIS requires biometrics for all applicants submitting Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualRescinded Change in PracticeForms and Information Collection
    5. February 1, 2019

      USCIS requests comment on proposed revisions to Form N-336, Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
  1. January 2019

    1. January 28, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance for implementing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. January 28, 2019

      CBP issues guidance for implementing Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. January 18, 2019

      DHS removes Ethiopia and Philippines from H-2A and H-2B eligible list, removes Dominican Republic from H-2B list

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. December 2018

    1. December 21, 2018

      EOIR issues guidance on Pereira v. Sessions, announcing changes in NTA filings and case scheduling

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRUSCISICECBP Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. December 21, 2018

      USCIS seeks comment on proposed revisions of forms related to foreign adoptions

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    3. December 20, 2018

      DHS promulgates the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. December 11, 2018

      ICE reports increase in workplace investigations and arrests in 2018

      InteriorWorkplace Enforcement ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice
    5. December 6, 2018

      DOS revises Form DS-3077, Request for Entry into Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program

      Citizenship DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
  1. November 2018

    1. 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
    2. November 19, 2018

      EOIR Director orders IJs to adjudicate asylum claims within 180 days

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT ICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. November 16, 2018

      EOIR Director orders courts to track 'family unit' cases, complete them within a year

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. November 13, 2018

      EOIR issues guidance on denying asylum to southern border EWIs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    5. 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
    6. November 8, 2018

      EOIR Director issues guidance on new regs implementing the "proclamation-based asylum bar"

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Not in effect