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Department of State.


Final rule.


This rule amends the Department's regulation that defines “registration” in connection with an application for an immigrant visa. This change is necessary because the current definition, as written, may be interpreted as being inconsistent with other sections of this Part concerning the Secretary of State's authority to cancel the registration of an alien who fails to apply for an immigrant visa within a specific one-year time period. When this rule becomes effective the “registration” of an immigrant visa applicant will be defined to mean the filing of an immigrant visa form (DS-230), when duly executed, or the transmission by the Department to the alien of a notification of the availability of an immigrant visa, whichever occurs first.


December 17, 2002.

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Pamela R. Chavez, Legislation and Regulations Division, 202-663-1206.

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What Statutes Require Registration and Termination of Registration?

The registration of every immigrant alien in connection with the alien's visa application is required under Section 221(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).Section 203(g) of the INA requires that the Secretary of State terminate an alien's registration if he or she fails to apply for an immigrant visa within one year following notification that a visa is available.

What Procedures Have Been Used To Register An Alien and To Terminate an Alien's Registration?

In order to make its procedures conform to changes in the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649), the Department published several amendments to its regulations on October 1, 1991.(See 56 FR 49678). The amendments revised, among other things, the regulation to allow a consular officer to begin termination of an alien's registration for an immigrant visa if the alien failed to apply within one year from the date of transmission of the consular officer's notification to the alien that a visa was available (see 22 CFR 42.83). In making this revision, however, the Department did not also amend its corresponding definition of “registration.” Therefore, the Department is publishing this rule to correct this oversight. The Department has been applying this definition in its daily practice since 1991.

Regulatory Analysis and Findings

Administrative Procedure Act

The Department's implementation of this regulation as a final rule is based upon the “good cause” exceptions found at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and (d)(3). The amendments reflect a change in the Department's procedures rather than a change in policy.

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 export 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.Therefore, in accordance with the letter to the Department of State of February 4, 1994 from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, it does not require review by the Office of Management and Budget.Start Printed Page 77161

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 recordkeeping requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

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List of Subjects in 22 CFR Part 42

  • Aliens
  • Immigrants
  • Passports and visas
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Accordingly, for the reasons set forth in the preamble part 42 is amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 42 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1104.

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2. Revise paragraph (b) of § 42.67 to read as follows:

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Execution of application, registration, and fingerprinting.
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(b) Registration. The alien shall be considered to be registered for the purposes of INA 221(b) and 203(g) upon the filing of Form DS-230, when duly executed, or the transmission by the Department to the alien of a notification of the availability of an immigrant visa, whichever occurs first.

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Dated: December 2, 2002.

Maura Harty,

Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 02-31686 Filed 12-16-02; 8:45 am]