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  1. January 2021

    1. January 15, 2021

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

      BorderInterior DHS Reported Change in Practice
    2. January 15, 2021

      DOL expands applicability to secondary employers of filing requirements for LCAs

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based DOL Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. January 5, 2021

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

      Minors ORR Proposed Forms and Information Collection
  1. December 2020

    1. December 29, 2020

      ICE further limits asylum relief for children

      Minors ICE Reported Agency DirectiveChange in Practice
    2. December 18, 2020

      EOIR Director issues policy memo on fees and fee waivers

      Hearings and Adjudications EOIR Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. December 18, 2020

      DHS finalizes Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA) with Honduras

      EnforcementHumanitarian DHS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    4. December 11, 2020

      EOIR Director instructs IJs and BIA on significant asylum reg

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

      DHS issues supplemental guidance for "additional improvement" of MPP

      Hearings and AdjudicationsBorderAsylum, Withholding and CAT CBPICEUSCISORREOIRDOS Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive

      Current Status

      Partially in effect
  1. November 2020

    1. November 13, 2020

      USCIS revises naturalization test, making civics portion more difficult

      Naturalization USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
  1. October 2020

    1. October 8, 2020

      DHS issues interim final rule narrowing H-1B criteria

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCISDOL Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/VacatedRenewed Rule
    2. October 2, 2020

      USCIS proposes changes to affidavit of support requirements

      Immigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Forms and Information CollectionRule
  1. September 2020

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. September 11, 2020

      DHS proposes rule to expand biometric data collection

      Non-Immigrant VisasEnforcementImmigrant Visas USCIS Proposed Rule
  1. July 2020

    1. July 21, 2020

      POTUS issues memorandum excluding undocumented immigrants from apportionment base

      Citizenship Other Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. June 2020

    1. June 22, 2020

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISDOLDOS Final/ActualIn LitigationRenewed Presidential Orders
    2. June 17, 2020

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

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

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

      Non-Immigrant VisasImmigrant Visas DHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  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 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
  1. November 2019

    1. 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
  1. October 2019

    1. 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
    2. 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 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
    2. September 25, 2019

      United States and Honduras sign Asylum Cooperative Agreement

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

      United States and El Salvador sign Asylum Cooperative Agreement

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

      Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for border wall

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

    1. August 19, 2019

      USCIS issues guidance on discretionary employment authorization for parolees

      HumanitarianEmployment VerificationEnforcement CBPICEUSCIS 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 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 15, 2019

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

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

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

      Citizenship DHSDOSHHSSSA Final/Actual Presidential Orders
    6. July 1, 2019

      DOL limits its discretionary power in certifying U, T visas

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

    1. May 23, 2019

      POTUS issues memo ordering strict enforcement of sponsor-reimbursement laws

      Humanitarian DOJDHSHHSDOS Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. March 2019

    1. March 11, 2019

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

      InteriorBorder CBPICEUSCISOther Proposed Legislation
  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 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
  1. January 2019

    1. 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
    2. 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
  1. December 2018

    1. December 20, 2018

      DHS announces Migrant Protection Protocols

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

      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
  1. July 2018

    1. 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
    2. July 1, 2018

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

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
  1. June 2018

    1. June 28, 2018

      USCIS expands grounds for issuance of NTAs

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

      USCIS retains NTA policy for DACA requestors

      EnforcementDACA ICEUSCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. 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
    4. June 19, 2018

      ICE uses civil fines to target people in sanctuary

      Sanctuary Restrictions ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
  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. April 2018

    1. 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
    2. April 6, 2018

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

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

      DOJ announces "zero tolerance" policy on Southwest border

      Border CBPAG Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. March 2018

    1. 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
    2. March 6, 2018

      Reported: State Dept. grants few travel ban waivers

      Non-Immigrant Visas Bureau of Consular Affairs Reported Change in Practice
  1. January 2018

    1. January 18, 2018

      DHS formally terminates TPS for Haiti

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination
  1. December 2017

    1. 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
    2. December 14, 2017

      ICE ends presumption of release for pregnant detainees

      Detention ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. November 2017

    1. November 15, 2017

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

      Sanctuary Restrictions DOJState & Local Entities Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Agency Directive
  1. October 2017

    1. 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
    2. October 23, 2017

      USCIS ceases deference to past decisions for nonimmigrant petition extension requests

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

    1. 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. August 2017

    1. August 15, 2017

      ICE issues enforcement guidance to OPLA attorneys implementing EO 13768

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
  1. July 2017

    1. July 11, 2017

      DHS delays International Entrepreneur Rule

      Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS ProposedIn Litigation Rule
  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. April 2017

    1. April 26, 2017

      DHS creates Victims of Immigration Crime Enforcement Office

      Interior ICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
    3. April 10, 2017

      USCIS recommends termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

      TPS USCIS Final/ActualIn LitigationEnjoined/Vacated Program Termination
    4. 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
  1. March 2017

    1. March 31, 2017

      USCIS restricts H-1B eligibility for computer programmers

      Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based USCIS Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. March 6, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13780, extending travel ban and instructing agencies to enhance screening of certain foreign nationals

      Non-Immigrant Visas CBPUSCISBureau of Consular Affairs Final/Actual Presidential Orders
  1. February 2017

    1. February 21, 2017

      CBP issues memo implementing EO 13767 and EO 13768

      InteriorBorder CBP Final/Actual Agency Directive
    2. February 20, 2017

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

      InteriorDetentionSanctuary RestrictionsBorder CBPICE Final/Actual Agency Directive
    3. February 20, 2017

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

      HumanitarianInteriorBorderDetention USCISCBPICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Agency Directive
  1. January 2017

    1. 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
    2. January 25, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13768, broadly expanding enforcement priorities and mandating enhancements to interior enforcement

      DetentionInteriorSanctuary Restrictions AGDOSICE Final/ActualIn Litigation Presidential Orders
    3. January 25, 2017

      POTUS issues EO 13767, regarding border security and immigration enforcement

      DetentionInteriorBorder CBPICE Final/Actual Presidential Orders