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  1. January 2017

    1. 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
    2. January 25, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13767, regarding border security and immigration enforcement

      DetentionInteriorBorder CBPICE Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    3. 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
  1. February 2017

    1. 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
    2. February 17, 2017

      CBP issues memo on hiring to comply with EO 13767

      Border CBP Proposed Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    3. February 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

      CBP issues memo implementing EO 13767 and EO 13768

      InteriorBorder CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. March 2017

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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 5, 2017

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. April 10, 2017

      USCIS recommends termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination
    3. 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
    4. April 26, 2017

      DHS creates Victims of Immigration Crime Enforcement Office

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    5. Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. June 2017

    1. June 28, 2017

      DOS implements Travel Ban after preliminary injunctions lifted

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
  1. July 2017

    1. July 11, 2017

      DHS delays International Entrepreneur Rule

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

    1. August 15, 2017

      ICE issues enforcement guidance to OPLA attorneys implementing EO 13768

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. August 29, 2017

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

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  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. September 18, 2017

      DHS publishes notice of DACA rescission in Federal Register

      DACA USCIS In LitigationRescinded Change in Practice
    3. 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
  1. October 2017

    1. October 11, 2017

      DHS terminates TPS for Sudan

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveProgram Termination
    2. October 17, 2017

      ICE directs increase in worksite enforcement investigations

      Workplace Enforcement ICE Reported Change in Practice
    3. October 23, 2017

      USCIS ceases deference to past decisions for nonimmigrant petition extension requests

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    4. 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
  1. November 2017

    1. 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
  1. December 2017

    1. December 14, 2017

      ICE ends presumption of release for pregnant detainees

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
  1. January 2018

    1. January 4, 2018

      Visa approvals for family preference categories fall significantly in FY 2017

      Immigrant Visas: Family-Based USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. January 10, 2018

      ICE establishes enforcement policy at courthouses

      Interior ICECBP Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. January 18, 2018

      DHS formally terminates TPS for Haiti

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination
    4. January 31, 2018

      DHS extends TPS for Syria

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. February 2018

    1. February 8, 2018

      ICE and CBP reportedly separating family members

      Border CBPAG Reported Change in Practice
    2. February 15, 2018

      USCIS issues new DACA guidelines after federal judge reinstates DACA

      DACA USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
  1. March 2018

    1. March 6, 2018

      Reported: State Dept. grants few travel ban waivers

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Reported Change in Practice
    2. 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
    3. March 19, 2018

      EOIR requests comments on proposed e-filing portal for OCAHO

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    4. March 30, 2018

      EOIR imposes IJ quotas and deadlines

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    5. 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 6, 2018

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

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

      DOJ announces "zero tolerance" policy on Southwest border

      Border CBPAG Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. 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
    4. April 13, 2018

      Increased processing delays reported

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    5. April 26, 2018

      DHS terminates TPS for Nepal

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

      CBP's metering policy is confirmed through litigation

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorder CBPUSCISEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
  1. May 2018

    1. 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
    2. May 17, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGUSCISICE Final/Actual Adjudication
    3. May 31, 2018

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Rule
  1. June 2018

    1. June 19, 2018

      ICE uses civil fines to target people in sanctuary

      Sanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
    3. June 21, 2018

      CBP announces end to family separations based on border prosecutions

      Border CBPICEEOIRORRDOD Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. 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
    5. June 22, 2018

      DHS updates DACA rescission memo

      DACA USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    6. 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
    7. June 28, 2018

      USCIS expands grounds for issuance of NTAs

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

      USCIS retains NTA policy for DACA requestors

      EnforcementDACA ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. July 2018

    1. July 1, 2018

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    2. July 10, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. July 26, 2018

      DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-230, Application for Immigrant Visa and Registration

      HumanitarianImmigrant Visas: Family-Based DOS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
    6. July 30, 2018

      USCIS backlog of citizenship applications reportedly grows

      Citizenship USCIS Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 9, 2018

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: StudentNon-Immigrant Visas ICEUSCIS In LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive
    2. August 14, 2018

      DHS extends TPS for Yemen

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. August 15, 2018

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

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

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

      EnforcementLabor USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    5. August 28, 2018

      DOS adds social media questions to Forms DS-156 and DS-160, Applications for Nonimmigrant Visa

      Non-Immigrant Visas DOS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection
    6. August 30, 2018

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

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
  1. September 2018

    1. September 16, 2018

      Report that ICE issues NTAs with incorrect hearing dates

      InteriorHearings and Adjudications ICEEOIR ReportedIn Litigation Change in Practice
    2. September 24, 2018

      CBP announces facial recognition technology demonstration at Port San Luis

      Enforcement CBP Final/Actual Forms and Information Collection
  1. October 2018

    1. October 1, 2018

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. October 16, 2018

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. November 2018

    1. November 8, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
    3. November 13, 2018

      EOIR issues guidance on denying asylum to southern border EWIs

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    4. 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
    5. November 19, 2018

      EOIR Director orders IJs to adjudicate asylum claims within 180 days

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT ICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    6. 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
  1. December 2018

    1. 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
    2. December 11, 2018

      ICE reports increase in workplace investigations and arrests in 2018

      InteriorWorkplace Enforcement ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice
    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
  1. January 2019

    1. January 28, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance for implementing 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
  1. February 2019

    1. February 11, 2019

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. 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
    3. February 14, 2019

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

      Refugees USCIS Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    4. February 15, 2019

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

      Border CBPDOD In Litigation Presidential Orders
  1. March 2019

    1. March 1, 2019

      DHS extends TPS documentation for Haiti, Sudan, El Salvador and Nicaragua to January 2, 2020

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    2. March 11, 2019

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

      InteriorBorder CBPICEUSCISOther Proposed Legislation
    3. March 28, 2019

      POTUS extends period of Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

      Humanitarian USCIS Final/Actual Presidential Orders

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. May 2019

    1. Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. May 23, 2019

      POTUS issues memo ordering strict enforcement of sponsor-reimbursement laws

      Humanitarian DOJDHSHHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. June 2019

    1. June 5, 2019

      DOS requires Diversity Visa Program petitioners to provide more passport information

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity DOS Final/Actual Rule
    2. June 30, 2019

      USCIS extends benefits for certain CNMI residents

      HumanitarianCitizenship USCIS Final/ActualRenewed Agency Directive
  1. July 2019

    1. July 1, 2019

      DOL limits its discretionary power in certifying U, T visas

      U/T/VAWA DOL Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. July 11, 2019

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

      Citizenship DHSDOSHHSSSA Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    3. July 15, 2019

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT ICEEOIR Final/ActualIn LitigationRescinded Agency Directive
    4. July 24, 2019

      USCIS makes significant changes to EB-5 immigrant investor program

      Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDHS Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule
    5. July 26, 2019

      United States and Guatemala sign Asylum Cooperative Agreement

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

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Proposed Rule
    7. July 29, 2019

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT EOIRICEAGUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Adjudication
  1. August 2019

    1. 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
    2. August 14, 2019

      USCIS issues final rule on public charge inadmissibility grounds

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. August 14, 2019

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

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasHumanitarianNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Forms and Information Collection
    6. August 19, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance on discretionary employment authorization for parolees

      HumanitarianEmployment VerificationEnforcement CBPICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. September 2019

    1. September 3, 2019

      Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for border wall

      Border CBPDOD Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    2. September 20, 2019

      United States and El Salvador sign Asylum Cooperative Agreement

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT DOJUSCISCBP Final/ActualIn LitigationRescinded Agency Directive
    3. September 25, 2019

      United States and Honduras sign Asylum Cooperative Agreement

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPUSCISDOJ Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
    4. September 26, 2019

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

      Refugees Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationUSCISORRState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Presidential Orders
    5. September 30, 2019

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CATRefugees USCISICEEOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. October 2019

    1. October 1, 2019

      EOIR Director modifies BIA case processing, creates internal deadlines

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
    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 11, 2019

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

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule
    5. Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. November 2019

    1. November 6, 2019

      DHS begins implementing the Humanitarian Asylum Review Program

      Asylum, Withholding and CATBorderHearings and Adjudications USCISCBPEOIR Final/ActualIn Litigation Change in Practice
    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 21, 2019

      EOIR reaffirms amici cannot engage in legal advocacy before IJs

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

    1. December 2, 2019

      ICE issues 2019 detention standards

      Detention ICE 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 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
  1. January 2020

    1. 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
    2. January 29, 2020

      USCIS adjusts process for managing EB-5 visa petitions

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. 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
    4. 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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. February 2020

    1. February 4, 2020

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

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice
    2. February 10, 2020

      President Trump proposes further reduction in funding for E-verify

      Employment Verification USCIS Proposed Legislation
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. March 2020

    1. March 4, 2020

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

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice
    2. March 11, 2020

      DHS extends TPS for Somalia for eighteen months

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. 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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. March 13, 2020

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

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    5. March 17, 2020

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

      Enforcement CBPTSA Rescinded Change in Practice
    6. March 18, 2020

      COVID-19: EOIR sets immigration court practices during outbreak

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Replaced Agency Directive
    7. 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

      Current Status

      Not in effect
    8. March 20, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    9. 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
    10. 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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    11. March 20, 2020

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

      BorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPCDC Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. 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
  1. April 2020

    1. April 7, 2020

      USCIS issues policy guidance on Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness law

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
    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 27, 2020

      USCIS releases updated I-9 handbook for employers

      Employment Verification ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2020

    1. May 6, 2020

      USCIS allows military personnel and veterans to file naturalization applications online

      Citizenship USCIS Final/Actual Change in Practice
    2. May 15, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. 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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. 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
  1. June 2020

    1. June 11, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    2. June 17, 2020

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

      HumanitarianCitizenship Other Final/Actual Rule
    3. June 22, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    4. 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
    5. June 25, 2020

      USCIS proposes cost recovery surcharge

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Legislation
    6. June 26, 2020

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Rule
    7. 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
  1. July 2020

    1. 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
    2. July 7, 2020

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

      Immigrant Visas DOS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    3. 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
    4. 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
    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 24, 2020

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

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

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

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

      Partially in effect
  1. August 2020

    1. August 3, 2020

      USCIS issues final rule increasing fees

      Asylum, Withholding and CATImmigrant VisasNon-Immigrant VisasNaturalization USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Rule
    2. August 20, 2020

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

      TPS USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. August 21, 2020

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

      EnforcementDACA CBPICEUSCIS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    4. August 25, 2020

      DOS temporarily expands nonimmigrant visa interview waiver eligibility

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
  1. September 2020

    1. 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
    2. September 11, 2020

      DHS proposes rule to expand biometric data collection

      Non-Immigrant VisasEnforcementImmigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Rule
    3. 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
    4. September 23, 2020

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

      Asylum, Withholding and CATHearings and Adjudications USCIS Final/Actual Rule
    5. September 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 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
    7. September 30, 2020

      DOS releases instructions for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

      Immigrant Visas: Diversity Bureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. October 2020

    1. 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 Affairs Final/Actual Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. 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
    3. October 2, 2020

      USCIS proposes changes to affidavit of support requirements

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Forms and Information CollectionRule
    4. October 8, 2020

      DHS issues interim final rule narrowing H-1B criteria

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRenewed Rule
    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

      ICE implements expanded scope for expedited removal

      InteriorBorderHearings and Adjudications DHSCBPICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    7. October 21, 2020

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

      Immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    8. October 22, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Proposed Forms and Information Collection
    9. 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
  1. November 2020

    1. November 2, 2020

      IJ union decertified

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR In Litigation Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. November 13, 2020

      USCIS revises naturalization test, making civics portion more difficult

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    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 18, 2020

      EOIR requests comments on New FOIAXpress Public Access Link

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

      USCIS to require I-730 petitioners to appear for interview

      RefugeesAsylum, Withholding and CAT USCIS Final/ActualRescinded Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    10. November 19, 2020

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

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

      ORR proposes new data collection form for serious medical procedure requests

      Minors ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
  1. December 2020

    1. 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
    2. December 1, 2020

      ICE subpoenas BuzzFeed, demands journalists reveal sources

      Enforcement ICE Reported Change in Practice

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
    3. December 4, 2020