Original Date AnnouncedOctober 24, 2017
In Executive Order 13815, President announces limited resumption of refugee resettlement with additional vetting. According to a press release accompanying the order, the vetting changes include "increased data collection to more thoroughly investigate applicants, better information sharing between agencies to identify threat actors, and new training procedures to strengthen screener ability to detect fraud and deception." [ID# 22]Executive Order 13815: Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program With Enhanced Vetting Capabilities
Effective DateOctober 24, 2017
Biden Administration Action: Revoked/ReplacedFebruary 4, 2021
Executive Order on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration
This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On 2/4/21, President Biden issued an Executive Order revoking certain past presidential actions on refugee admissions and resettlement (including Executive Order 13815) and directing government agencies to take steps to improve the refugee program, including to create a plan to address processing backlogs, to hire up to increase refugee adjudication capacity, to complete a review of the Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs, and to submit a report on climate change and its impact on migration.View Document