In accordance with section 212(a)(7)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (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 Start Printed Page 50974and enter some other country during such period. Because of the foregoing requirement, certain competent authorities have agreed that their passports will be recognized as valid for the return of the bearer for a period of six months beyond the expiration date specified in the passport, thereby effectively extending the validity period of the foreign passport an additional six months beyond its expiration date, see 22 CFR 41.104(b).
This public notice adds Bolivia and Latvia 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 which 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Public Notice 3562 of February 2, 2001, published at 66 FR 8836 is hereby superseded.Start Signature
Dated: July 8, 2002.
Mary A. Ryan,
Asssistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 02-19836 Filed 8-5-02; 8:45 am]
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