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Visas: Documentation of Immigrants Under Section 124 of Public Law 101-649

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Department of State.


Final rule.


This rule removes the Department's regulations concerning the documentation of immigrants under section 124 of Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT 90). This section provided immigrant status for certain aliens who were resident and employed in Hong Kong. Qualifying aliens could be granted immigrant status during fiscal years 1991 and 1993 and could be granted extended immigrant visa validity up to January 1, 2002. Since this category of visas no longer exists, the Department is removing the regulations.


December 13, 2002.

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Pam Chavez, Legislation and Regulations Division, Visa Services, Department of State, Washington, DC 20522-0113.

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Section 124 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT 90) created a special immigrant visa classification for residents of Hong Kong employed by either U.S. owned or operated businesses or by the American Consulate General in Hong Kong. Visas for business employees were to have been issued during fiscal years 1991 and 1993. Section 154 of IMMACT 90 also provided for an extension of validity of these visas through January 1, 2002. Visas for Consulate General employees were to have been issued by January 1, 2001. Since these visas are no longer being issued and since the extended validity period has now expired, the Department is removing the regulations pertaining to this class of immigrants.

Regulatory Findings

Administrative Procedure Act

The Department is publishing this rule as a final rule, since it is merely removing regulations that governed a class of immigrants which no longer exists.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Department of State, in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), has reviewed this regulation and, by approving it, certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995

This rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any year and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

This rule is not a major rule as defined by section 804 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Act of 1996. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based companies to compete with foreign based companies in domestic and import markets.

Executive Order 12866

The Department of State does not consider this rule to be a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866, section 3(f), Regulatory Planning and Review. In addition, the Department is exempt from Executive Order 12866 except to the extent that it is promulgating regulations in conjunction with a domestic agency that are significant regulatory actions. The Start Printed Page 76682Department has nevertheless reviewed the regulation to ensure its consistency with the regulatory philosophy and principles set forth in that Executive Order.

Executive Order 13132

This regulation will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, in accordance with section 6 of Executive Order 13132, it is determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to require consultations or warrant the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This rule does not impose any new reporting or record-keeping requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

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List of Subjects in 22 CFR Part 45

  • Aliens
  • Immigrants
  • Passports and Visas
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Accordingly, under the authority 8 U.S.C. 1153, the Department is removing part 45.

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Dated: November 22, 2002.

Maura Harty,

Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 02-31483 Filed 12-12-02; 8:45 am]