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  1. January 2021

    1. 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
  1. November 2020

    1. 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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2020

    1. 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
  1. July 2020

    1. July 30, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. July 14, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    3. July 2, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. June 2020

    1. June 17, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2020

    1. May 22, 2020

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. February 2020

    1. February 26, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. January 2020

    1. January 31, 2020

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

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

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. December 2019

    1. December 26, 2019

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

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Final/Actual AdjudicationChange in Practice

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2019

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. October 25, 2019

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

      Hearings and Adjudications AGEOIR Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  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
  1. April 2019

    1. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. October 2018

    1. October 12, 2018

      AG Sessions drops Matter of M-G-G-

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAG Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. September 2018

    1. September 18, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICE Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. August 2018

    1. August 31, 2018

      DOJ subpoenas North Carolina voting records at ICE request

      Enforcement ICEDOJ Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
    2. August 16, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGICE Final/Actual Adjudication

      Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. May 2018

    1. May 17, 2018

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

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIRAGUSCISICE Final/Actual Adjudication
  1. March 2018

    1. 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
    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. Current Status

      Not in effect
    4. Current Status

      Fully in Effect
  1. November 2017

    1. 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
    2. 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
  1. May 2017

    1. 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
  1. April 2017

    1. 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