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AILA posts immigration-related government notices and requests for comments on proposed revisions to forms, new and revised rules, and final rules. Notices with an open comment period are listed below. For significant regulatory comment requests, AILA submits comments and posts them on AILA.org.

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Open Notices and Requests for Comment

EOIR Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Electronic Filing and Law Student Filing

12/4/2020
EOIR notice of proposed rulemaking which would implement electronic filing and records applications for all cases before the immigration courts and the BIA. The proposed rule would also make changes to the regulations regarding law student filing and accompaniment procedures. (85 FR 78240, 12/4/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20120330

CBP Issues Corrections to Proposed Rule on Global Entry and SENTRI Programs and Reopens Comment Period

12/1/2020
CBP document correcting a notice of proposed rulemaking published at 85 FR 55597 on 9/9/20, which would make changes to the fees and application procedures for the Global Entry and SENTRI programs. CBP reopened the comment period, which now runs through 12/31/20. (85 FR 77016, 12/1/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20120132

DHS Notice of Two Ratification Documents

11/25/2020
DHS published a notice in the Federal Register regarding two documents signed on 11/16/20 ratifying previous actions taken by Chad Wolf, Kevin McAleenan, and Joseph Edlow. (85 FR 75223, 11/25/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20112592

EOIR Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Motions to Reopen, Motions to Reconsider, and Stays of Removal

11/27/2020
Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would amend EOIR regulations governing the filing and adjudication of motions to reopen and reconsider and add regulations governing requests for discretionary stays of removal. Comments are due 12/28/20. (85 FR 75942, 11/27/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20112591

EOIR Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Define “Good Cause”

11/27/2020
EOIR notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to define the term “good cause” in the context of continuances, adjournments, and postponements. Comments are due 12/28/20. (85 FR 75925, 11/27/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20112590

DOS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Revising Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Approval Regulations

11/20/2020
DOS notice of proposed rulemaking which would revise the regulations on accreditation and approval standards for intercountry adoption. Comments are due 1/19/21. (85 FR 74492, 11/20/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20112035

ICE Notice of Modification of “External Investigations System of Records”

11/20/2020
ICE notice of modification of the “DHS/ICE-009 External Investigations System of Records,“ which is used for the collection and maintenance of records by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Comments are due 12/21/20. (85 FR 74362, 11/20/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20112030

EOIR 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments on New FOIAXpress Public Access Link

11/18/2020
EOIR 60-day notice and request for comments on a new “FOIAXpress Public Access Link” for members of the public seeking to obtain records from EOIR. Comments are due 1/19/21. (85 FR 73513, 11/18/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20111833

CBP Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Collection of Biometric Data

11/19/2020
CBP notice of proposed rulemaking which would allow DHS to begin a comprehensive biometric entry-exit system. Comments are due 12/21/20. (85 FR 74162, 11/19/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20111832

DHS Proposed Rule to Eliminate Employment Authorization for Individuals with a Final Order of Removal

11/19/2020
DHS notice of proposed rulemaking to eliminate employment authorization eligibility for individuals who have final orders of removal but are temporarily released from custody on an order of supervision. Comments are due 12/21/20; comments on form revisions are due 1/19/21. (85 FR 74196, 11/19/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20111735

USCIS 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to Form I-914

11/17/2020
USCIS 60-day notice and request for comments on proposed revisions to Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status. Comments are due 1/19/21. (85 FR 73290, 11/17/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20111733

USCIS 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to Form I-821D

11/13/2020
USCIS 60-day notice and request for comments on proposed revisions to Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Comments are due 1/12/21. (85 FR 72682, 11/13/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20111330

USCIS 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments on New Form G-1558

11/12/2020
USCIS 60-day notice and request for comments on a new information collection, Form G-1558, Report of Request/Receipt of Benefits by Aliens, to be used by benefit-granting agencies to report a request of or receipt of certain benefits by noncitizens. Comments are due 1/11/21. (85 FR 71936, 11/12/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20111231

DHS Request for Suggestions from Stakeholders

11/9/2020
DHS request for information (RFI), consistent with the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, soliciting suggestions for “studies that could help DHS improve the effectiveness and efficiency of DHS programs, policies and regulations.” Comments should be sent by 12/31/20. (85 FR 71353, 11/9/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20110900

DOS 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to Form DS-234

11/5/2020
DOS 60-day notice and request for comments on proposed revisions to Form DS-234, Special Immigrant Visa Biodata Form. Comments are due 1/4/21. (85 FR 70702, 11/5/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20110535

NARA Notice of Agency Records Schedules

11/4/2020
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) notice with proposed records schedules in which agencies propose to dispose of certain records. This notice includes a DHS schedule of legal records. Comments are due 12/21/20. (85 FR 70200, 11/4/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20110430

USCIS 30-Day Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Revisions to Form G-845

10/30/2020
USCIS 30-day extension of a comment period previously announced at 85 FR 50832 on proposed revisions to Form G-845, Verification Request and Verification Request Supplement. Comments are now due 11/30/20. (85 FR 68907, 10/30/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20103032

USCIS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Creating Wage-Based Selection Process for H-1Bs

11/2/2020
USCIS notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) which would change the H-1B registration selection process from a random process to a wage-based selection process. Comments on the proposed rule are due 12/2/20, with comments on associated form revisions due 1/4/21. (85 FR 69236, 11/2/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20102930

CBP 30-Day Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Revisions to Form I-736

10/28/2020
CBP 30-day extension of a comment period originally announced at 85 FR 37466 on proposed revisions to Form I-736, Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information. Comments are now due 11/27/20. (85 FR 68354, 10/28/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20102831

DOS 30-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to Form DS-2019

10/26/2020
DOS 30-day notice and request for comments on proposed revisions to Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (J-Nonimmigrant). Comments are due 11/25/20. (85 FR 67810, 10/26/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20102600

DOS 30-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to Forms Related to Medical Examinations

10/23/2020
DOS 30-day notice and request for comments on proposed revisions to Forms DS-2054, DS-3030, DS-3025, and DS-3026, which are used by panel physicians for the medical exam for visa or refugee applicants. Comments are due 11/23/20. (85 FR 67583, 10/23/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20102334

DOS 30-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to Form DS-7794

10/23/2020
DOS 30-day notice and request for comments on proposed revisions to Form DS-7794, Electronic Medical Examination for Visa Applicant. Comments are due 11/23/20. (85 FR 67584, 10/23/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20102333

USCIS 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to the H-1B Registration Tool

10/22/2020
USCIS 60-day notice and request for comments on proposed revisions to the H-1B registration tool. Comments are due 12/21/20. (85 FR 67366, 10/22/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20102234

DOS 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to Form DS-5535

10/21/2020
DOS 60-day notice and request for comments on proposed revisions to Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants. Comments are due 12/21/20. (85 FR 67088, 10/21/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20102133

DOS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Ending “B-1 in Lieu of H” Policy

10/21/2020
DOS notice of proposed rulemaking which would end the “B-1 in lieu of H” policy. Comments are due 12/21/20. (85 FR 66878, 10/21/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20102132

USCIS Interim Final Rule Revising Definition of “Specialty Occupation”

10/8/2020
USCIS interim final rule (IFR) which revises the definition of the term “specialty occupation,” among other changes to the H-1B regulations. The IFR is effective 12/7/20. Comments on the IFR are due 12/7/20, with comments on associated form revisions due 11/9/20. (85 FR 63918, 10/8/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20100600

USCIS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Affidavit of Support Requirements

10/2/2020
USCIS notice of proposed rulemaking to clarify how a sponsor demonstrates the means to maintain income as well as who is required to submit an affidavit from a joint sponsor. Comments are due 11/2/20, with comments on associated form revisions due 12/1/20. (85 FR 62432, 10/2/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20100132

USCIS 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to Form I-134

9/29/2020
USCIS 60-day notice and request for comments on proposed revisions to Form I-134. The name of the form will be changed from “Affidavit of Support” to “Declaration of Financial Support” to avoid confusion with Form I-864. Comments are due 11/30/20. (85 FR 61021, 9/29/20)
AILA Doc. No. 20092931