In accordance with section 212(a)(7)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(7)(B)), a nonimmigrant alien who makes an application for a visa or for admission into the United States is required to possess a passport that: (1) Is valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of the expiration of the initial period of the alien's admission into the United States or contemplated initial period of stay and, (2) authorizes the alien to return to the country from which he or she came, or to proceed to and enter some other country during such period. Because of the foregoing requirement, certain competent authorities have agreed that their passports will be recognized by them as valid for the return of the bearer for a period of six months beyond the expiration date specified in the passport. In determining the application Start Printed Page 8837of (INA) 212(a)(7)(B), the validity period of an unexpired passport shall be six months after the expiration date set forth in the passport. Although already on the list, bearers of Nicaraguan passports, until now, have been limited to diplomatic and official. This public notice adds Nicaragua to the list of competent authorities that have provided the necessary assurances to the Government of the United States. The updated list of competent authorities that have made the necessary assurances is shown below:
Table of Foreign Passports Recognized for Extended Validity
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
HONG KONG (Certificates of identity & passports)
ST. KITTS & NEVIS
ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Public Notice 3015 of March 24, 1999 published at 64 FR 14300 is hereby superseded.Start Signature
Dated: January 21, 2001.
Mary A. Ryan,
Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 01-2878 Filed 2-1-01; 8:45 am]
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