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AGENCY:

State Department.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Department is amending its regulations to add new classification symbols to the immigrant and nonimmigrant classification tables. The amendment is necessary to implement legislation that has created additional immigrant and nonimmigrant classifications as described herein. Additionally, the Department is removing immigrant classifications that have become obsolete as a result of either their deletion from the Immigration and Nationality Act “INA” or the expiration of legislative provisions that had temporarily authorized them. This rule also corrects typographical errors noted in the tables.

DATES:

This rule is effective March 20, 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Barbara J. Kennedy, Legislation and Regulations Division, Visa Services, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20520-0106, phone (202) 663-1206.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Which immigrant classifications are being added?

The new immigrant classification symbols listed are for children residing habitually in Hague Adoption Convention countries who have been or will be adopted by U.S. citizens who are habitually residents in the United States (IH3, IH4), and for two additional classes of special immigrants: certain nationals of Afghanistan and Iraq employed by the U.S. Government in Afghanistan or Iraq as translators or interpreters (SI1, SI2, SI3), and certain Iraqis employed by or on behalf of the U.S. Government in Iraq (SQ1, SQ2, SQ3).

Which nonimmigrant classifications are being added?

Added to the nonimmigrant classification tables are symbols for certain nationals of Australia in a specialty occupation (E3), spouses and children accompanying or following to join E3 principal aliens (E3D), E3 principal aliens who are applying for a new visa when there has been uninterrupted continuity of employment (E3R); treaty aliens from Start Printed Page 14927Singapore and Chile in a specialty occupation (H1B1); unmarried siblings under age 18 of an alien under 21 years of age who has qualified for T1 classification as a victim of a “severe form of trafficking in persons” (T5); and unmarried siblings under age 18 of an alien under 21 years of age who has qualified for U1 classification as a victim of certain types of criminal activity helpful in the investigation or prosecution of such activity (U5).

Which immigrant classifications are being removed?

The Department of State is removing the immigrant classification symbol for one class of special immigrant: certain aliens employed at the United States Mission in Hong Kong (SEH) or members of their immediate families. The authority for special immigrant status for that class applied only to aliens who had filed applications for such status by January 1, 2002. Also being removed are two of the five symbols for special immigrants who were recruited outside the United States into the U.S. armed forces and have served or are enlisted in the U.S. armed forces for 12 years and their spouses and children. The deleted symbols pertain to those service members (SM4) and spouses and children (SM5) who became eligible as of the date of enactment (October 1, 1991). Also being deleted is the reference to the date of enactment from the class description for the SM1 classification symbol because the INA provision that was the reason for the additional symbols and the significance of that date was deleted from the INA. As amended, the regulation will provide three SM classification symbols that encompass such service members, spouses, and children without reference to the date they became eligible.

What is the background for the new immigrant visa classifications (IH3 and IH4) for a child from a Hague Convention country?

Section 302 of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, Public Law 106-279, amended the INA by adding a new section 101(b)(1)(G), effective upon the entry into force for the United States of the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption done at the Hague on May 29, 1993, to accord a classification of immediate relative under section 201(b) to a child who has been adopted in a foreign state, or a child who is emigrating from a foreign state to be adopted in the United States, when the foreign state is a party to the Convention. On December 12, 2007, the United States deposited its instrument of ratification for the Convention. In accordance with the terms of the Convention, it will enter into force with respect to the United States on April 1, 2008.

What is the background for the new immigrant visa classifications (SI1, SI2, SI3) for aliens employed by the U.S. Government in Iraq or Afghanistan as translators or interpreters, spouse of SI1, and child of SI1?

Section 1059 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, Public Law 109-163, as amended by section 3812 of Public Law 110-28, created the new special immigrant classification for certain self-petitioning translators or interpreters of Iraqi or Afghani nationality who have worked directly with United States Armed Forces or under Chief of Mission authority for a period of at least 12 months. The alien must have obtained a favorable written recommendation from the Chief of Mission or a general or flag officer in the chain of command of the United States Armed Forces unit that was supported by the alien and, before filing the petition, cleared a background check and screening, as determined by the Chief of Mission or such a general or flag officer. This class is subject to numerical limitations; however, aliens in this class who are granted special immigrant status shall not be counted against any numerical limitation under INA sections 201(d), 202(a), or 203(b)(4). If accompanying or following to join a principal alien, the spouse or child is entitled to derivative special immigrant status. If the principal alien dies after special immigrant status has been granted, the surviving spouse or child is entitled to such status.

What is the background for the new immigrant visa classifications (SQ1, SQ2, SQ3) for certain Iraqis employed by or on behalf of the U.S. Government, spouse of SQ1, and child of SQ1?

Section 1244 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, Public Law 110-181, created the new special immigrant classification under section 101(a)(27) of the INA for certain qualified self-petitioning Iraqi citizens or nationals. The alien must have been employed by or on behalf of the United States Government in Iraq on or after March 20, 2003, for not less than one year; have provided faithful and valuable service to the United States Government, which is documented in a positive recommendation or evaluation from the employee's senior supervisor or, if the employee's senior supervisor has left the employer or has left Iraq, from the person currently occupying that position or a more senior person; and have experienced or be experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of the alien's employment by the United States Government. No petition may be approved for such an alien unless the supervisor's positive recommendation or evaluation is accompanied by approval from the Chief of Mission or the designee of the Chief of Mission, who shall conduct a risk assessment of the alien and an independent review of records maintained by the United States Government or the hiring organization or entity to confirm employment and faithful and valuable service to the United States Government. Further, the alien must be otherwise eligible to receive an immigrant visa; be otherwise admissible to the United States for permanent residence (excluding the grounds for inadmissibility specified in section 212(a)(4) of the INA) and have cleared a background check and appropriate screening, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security. This class is subject to numerical limitations; however, aliens in this class who are granted special immigrant status shall not be counted against any numerical limitation under INA sections 201(d), 202(a), or 203(b)(4). If accompanying or following to join a principal alien, the spouse or child is entitled to derivative special immigrant status. If the principal alien dies after special immigrant status has been granted, the surviving spouse or child is entitled to such status.

What is the background for the new nonimmigrant classifications (E3, E3D, E3R) for Australian treaty aliens coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation, spouse or child of an E3, and returning E3?

Section 501 of Division B, Title V, of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, Public Law 109-13, amended INA 101(a)(15)(E) to add the new nonimmigrant visa classification for certain treaty aliens who are nationals of Australia coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation as defined in section 214(i)(1) of the INA, provided the Secretary of Labor determines and certifies to the Secretary of Homeland Security that the intending employer has filed an attestation under section 212(t)(1) of the INA. Annual numerical limitations apply unless the alien is obtaining a new E3 visa after having already been in E3 status in the United Start Printed Page 14928States and establishes that there has been uninterrupted continuity of employment for the same United States-based employer who submitted the original labor condition application and offer of employment. Section 101(a)(15)(E) provides that the spouse or child who is accompanying or following to join a principal alien who qualifies for classification under that section is also entitled to such classification.

What is the background for the new nonimmigrant classification (H1B1) for a Chilean or Singaporean national to work in a specialty occupation?

Sections 402(a)(1) of Public Law 108-77, the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, as amended, and Public Law 108-78, the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, amended Sections 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b1) and 214(g)(8)(A) of the INA, to provide for nonimmigrant classification for an alien who is entitled to enter the United States under and in pursuance of the provisions of either of those two free trade agreements, subject to annual numerical limitations established by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Both agreements entered into force on January 1, 2004.

What is the background for the new nonimmigrant classification (T5) for an unmarried sibling under age 18 of a T1 under 21 years of age?

Section 801(b)(2) of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109-162, amended section 101(a)(15)(T) of the INA, which provides for nonimmigrant classification of an alien who is determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security to be a victim of a “severe form of trafficking in persons,” provided he or she also meets additional requirements of that section, and for certain family members, if accompanying or following to join the principal alien. As amended, clause (ii) includes a provision for derivative nonimmigrant classification of an unmarried sibling under 18 years of age on the date the principal alien applies for status, if accompanying or following to join a principal alien under 21 years of age. This rule is adding the T5 classification for such a sibling to the classification table, which already lists the victim (T1), and the spouse (T2) and child (T3) of a T1 principal alien, as well as the parent of a T1 principal under the age of 21 (T4), if accompanying or following to join the principal alien.

What is the background for the new nonimmigrant classification (U5) for an unmarried sibling under age 18 of a U1 under 21 years of age?

Section 801(b)(2) of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109-162, amended section 101(a)(15)(U) of the INA, which provides for nonimmigrant classification of an alien who is determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security to have suffered physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of certain criminal activity described in that section, provided he or she also meets additional requirements, and for certain family members, if accompanying or following to join the principal alien. As amended, clause (ii) includes a provision for derivative nonimmigrant classification of an unmarried sibling under age 18 as of the date the principal alien applies for status, if accompanying or following to join a principal alien under 21 years of age. This rule is adding the U5 classification to the classification table, which already lists the victim (U1), and the spouse (U2) and child (U3) of a U1 principal alien, as well as the parent of a U1 principal under the age of 21 (U4), if accompanying or following to join the principal alien.

Why is the Department removing symbols for special immigrant status for certain aliens employed at the United States Mission in Hong Kong (SEH), and for certain aliens recruited outside the United States who have served or are enlisted in the U.S. armed forces for 12 years (eligible as of October 1, 1991) (SM4), and the spouse or child (SM5)?

Section 152 of Public Law 101-649 established a class of immigrants with special immigrant status for certain aliens employed at the United States Mission in Hong Kong or their immediate families. The immigrant classification table has listed this class with the symbol SEH. Subsection (c) of section 152 of Public Law 101-649 stated that special immigrant status applied only to aliens who filed applications for such status under section 152 by not later than January 1, 2002. Because the authority for special immigrant status for this classification no longer exists, the Department is removing the SEH classification symbol.

Section 2(b) of the Armed Forces Immigration Adjustment Act of 1991, Public Law 102-110, amended section 203(b)(6) of the INA. As amended, section 203(b)(6) included a subparagraph (C), which distinguished between those aliens who, as of the date of enactment, October 1, 1991, met the requirements in section 101(a)(27)(K) for special immigrant status, based on recruitment into the U.S. armed forces outside the United States and at least 12 years of service, and those who met the requirements subsequent to that date. The difference was that immigrants who met the requirements after October 1, 1991 were subject to annual numerical limitations, while those who already met the requirements as of October 1, 1991 were not. The Department assigned classification symbols SM1, SM2, and SM3, respectively, to those principal aliens who met the requirements of section 101(a)(27)(K) after October 1, 1991, their spouses and their children. The SM4 and SM5 classification symbols were assigned, respectively, to those principal aliens who met those requirements as of October 1, 1991 and their spouses and children. Section 212(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994, Public Law 103-416, amended section 203(b)(6) of the INA by deleting subparagraph (C). As a result, there is no longer a numerical limitation under section 203(b) for any aliens who qualify for special immigrant status under section 101(a)(27)(K). The Department is therefore removing the SM4 and SM5 classification symbols from the table, and deleting from the class description for SM1 the reference to becoming eligible after the date of enactment.

Regulatory Findings

Administrative Procedure Act

This regulation involves a foreign affairs function of the United States and, therefore, is not subject to the procedures required by 5 U.S.C. 553 and 554. It is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866 but has been reviewed internally by the Department to ensure consistency with the purposes thereof. This rule does not require analysis under the Regulatory Flexibility Act or the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. It has been found not to be a major rule within the meaning of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It will not have substantial direct effects on the States, the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, it is determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant application of consultation provisions of Executive Orders 12372 and 13132. This rule does not impose Start Printed Page 14929any new reporting or recordkeeping requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

Regulatory Flexibility Act/Executive Order 13273: Small Business

Because this final rule is exempt from notice and comment rulemaking under 5 U.S.C. 553, it is exempt from the regulatory flexibility analysis requirements set forth at sections 603 and 604 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 603 and 604). Nonetheless, consistent with section 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), the Department certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This regulates individual aliens who seek consideration for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and does not affect any small entities, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 601(6).

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA), Public Law 104-4, 109 Stat. 48, 2 U.S.C. 1532, generally requires agencies to prepare a statement before proposing any rule that may result in an annual expenditure of $100 million or more by State, local, or tribal governments, or by the private sector. This rule will not result in any such expenditure, nor will it significantly or uniquely affect small governments.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

This rule is not a major rule as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804, for purposes of congressional review of agency rulemaking under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, Public Law 104-121. 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 has reviewed this rule to ensure its consistency with the regulatory philosophy and principles set forth in Executive Order 12866 and has determined that the benefits of the regulation justify its costs. The Department does not consider the rule to be an economically significant action within the scope of section 3(f)(1) of the Executive Order since it is not likely to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or to adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local or tribal governments or communities.

Executive Orders 12372 and 13132: Federalism

This regulation will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Nor will the rule have federalism implications warranting the application of Executive Orders No. 12372 and No. 13132.

Executive Order 12988: Civil Justice Reform

The Department has reviewed the regulations in light of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order No. 12988 to eliminate ambiguity, minimize litigation, establish clear legal standards, and reduce burden.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This rule does not impose information collection requirements under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

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List of Subjects in 22 CFR Parts 41 and 42

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For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Department of State amends

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PART 41—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 41 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1104; Pub. L. 105-277, 112 Stat. 2681-795 through 2681-801.

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2. Revise § 41.12 to read as follows:

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Classification symbols.

A visa issued to a nonimmigrant alien within one of the classes described in this section shall bear an appropriate visa symbol to show the classification of the alien. The symbol shall be inserted in the space provided on the visa. The following visa symbols shall be used:

Nonimmigrants

SymbolClassSection of law
A1Ambassador, Public Minister, Career Diplomat or Consular Officer, or Immediate Family101(a)(15)(A)(i).
A2Other Foreign Government Official or Employee, or Immediate Family101(a)(15)(A)(ii).
A3Attendant, Servant, or Personal Employee of A1 or A2, or Immediate Family101(a)(15)(A)(iii).
B1Temporary Visitor for Business101(a)(15)(B).
B2Temporary Visitor for Pleasure101(a)(15)(B).
B1/B2Temporary Visitor for Business & Pleasure101(a)(15)(B).
C1Alien in Transit101(a)(15)(C).
C1/DCombined Transit and Crewmember Visa101(a)(15)(C) and (D).
C2Alien in Transit to United Nations Headquarters District Under Sec. 11.(3), (4), or (5) of the Headquarters Agreement101(a)(15)(C).
C3Foreign Government Official, Immediate Family, Attendant, Servant or Personal Employee, in Transit212(d)(8).
DCrewmember (Sea or Air)101(a)(15)(D).
E1Treaty Trader, Spouse or Child101(a)(15)(E)(i).
E2Treaty Investor, Spouse or Child101(a)(15)(E)(ii).
E3Australian Treaty Alien Coming to the United States Solely to Perform Services in a Specialty Occupation101(a)(15)(E)(iii).
E3DSpouse or Child of E3101(a)(15)(E)(iii).
E3RReturning E3101(a)(15)(E)(iii).
F1Student in an academic or language training program101(a)(15)(F)(i).
F2Spouse or Child of F1101(a)(15)(F)(ii).
F3Canadian or Mexican national commuter student in an academic or language training program101(a)(15)(F)(iii).
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G1Principal Resident Representative of Recognized Foreign Government to International Organization, Staff, or Immediate Family101(a)(15)(G)(i).
G2Other Representative of Recognized Foreign Member Government to International Organization, or Immediate Family101(a)(15)(G)(ii).
G3Representative of Nonrecognized or Nonmember Foreign Government to International Organization, or Immediate Family101(a)(15)(G)(iii).
G4International Organization Officer or Employee, or Immediate Family101(a)(15)(G)(iv).
G5Attendant, Servant, or Personal Employee of G1 through G4, or Immediate Family101(a)(15)(G)(v).
H1BAlien in a Specialty Occupation (Profession)101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b).
H1B1Chilean or Singaporean National to Work in a Specialty Occupation101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b1).
H1CNurse in Health Professional Shortage Area101(a)(15)(H)(i)(c).
H2ATemporary Worker Performing Agricultural Services Unavailable in the United States101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a).
H2BTemporary Worker Performing Other Services Unavailable in the United States101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b).
H3Trainee101(a)(15)(H)(iii).
H4Spouse or Child of Alien Classified H1B/B1/C, H2A/B/R, or H-3101(a)(15)(H)(iv).
IRepresentative of Foreign Information Media, Spouse and Child101(a)(15)(I).
J1Exchange Visitor101(a)(15)(J).
J2Spouse or Child of J1101(a)(15)(J).
K1Fiance(e) of United States Citizen101(a)(15)(K)(i).
K2Child of Fiance(e) of U.S. Citizen101(a)(15)(K)(iii).
K3Spouse of U.S. Citizen Awaiting Availability of Immigrant Visa101(a)(15)(K)(ii).
K4Child of K3101(a)(15)(K)(iii).
L1Intracompany Transferee (Executive, Managerial, and Specialized Knowledge Personnel Continuing Employment with International Firm or Corporation)101(a)(15)(L).
L2Spouse or Child of Intracompany Transferee101(a)(15)(L).
M1Vocational Student or Other Nonacademic Student101(a)(15)(M)(i).
M2Spouse or Child of M1101(a)(15)(M)(ii).
M3Canadian or Mexican National Commuter Student (Vocational Student or Other Nonacademic Student)101(a)(15)(M)(iii).
N8Parent of an Alien Classified SK3 or SN3101(a)(15)(N)(i).
N9Child of N8 or of SK1, SK2, SK4, SN1, SN2 or SN4101(a)(15)(N)(ii).
NATO 1Principal Permanent Representative of Member State to NATO (including any of its Subsidiary Bodies) Resident in the U.S. and Resident Members of Official Staff; Secretary General, Assistant Secretaries General, and Executive Secretary of NATO; Other Permanent NATO Officials of Similar Rank, or Immediate FamilyArt. 12, 5 UST 1094; Art. 20, 5 UST 1098.
NATO 2Other Representative of Member State to NATO (including any of its Subsidiary Bodies) including Representatives, Advisers, and Technical Experts of Delegations, or Immediate Family; Dependents of Member of a Force Entering in Accordance with the Provisions of the NATO Status-of-Forces Agreement or in Accordance with the Provisions of the “Protocol on the Status of International Military Headquarters”; Members of Such a Force if Issued VisasArt. 13, 5 UST 1094; Art. 1, 4 UST 1794; Art. 3, 4 UST 1796.
NATO 3Official Clerical Staff Accompanying Representative of Member State to NATO (including any of its Subsidiary Bodies), or Immediate FamilyArt. 14, 5 UST 1096.
NATO 4Official of NATO (Other Than Those Classifiable as NATO1), or Immediate FamilyArt. 18, 5 UST 1098.
NATO 5Experts, Other Than NATO Officials Classifiable Under NATO4, Employed in Missions on Behalf of NATO, and their DependentsArt. 21, 5 UST 1100.
NATO 6Member of a Civilian Component Accompanying a Force Entering in Accordance with the Provisions of the NATO Status-of-Forces Agreement; Member of a Civilian Component Attached to or Employed by an Allied Headquarters Under the “Protocol on the Status of International Military Headquarters” Set Up Pursuant to the North Atlantic Treaty; and their DependentsArt. 1, 4 UST 1794; Art. 3, 5 UST 877.
NATO 7Attendant, Servant, or Personal Employee of NATO1, NATO2, NATO3, NATO4, NATO5, and NATO6 Classes, or Immediate FamilyArts. 12-20, 5 UST 1094-1098.
O1Alien with Extraordinary Ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics101(a)(15)(O)(i).
O2Alien Accompanying and Assisting in the Artistic or Athletic Performance by O1101(a)(15)(O)(ii).
O3Spouse or Child of O1 or O2101(a)(15)(O)(iii).
P1Internationally Recognized Athlete or Member of Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group101(a)(15)(P)(i).
P2Artist or Entertainer in a Reciprocal Exchange Program101(a)(15)(P)(ii).
P3Artist or Entertainer in a Culturally Unique Program101(a)(15)(P)(iii).
P4Spouse or Child of P1, P2, or P3101(a)(15)(P)(iv).
Q1Participant in an International Cultural Exchange Program101(a)(15)(Q)(i).
Q2Irish Peace Process Program Participant101(a)(15)(Q)(ii)(I).
Q3Spouse or Child of Q2101(a)(15)(Q)(ii)(II).
R1Alien in a Religious Occupation101(a)(15)(R).
R2Spouse or Child of R1101(a)(15)(R).
S5Certain Aliens Supplying Critical Information Relating to a Criminal Organization or Enterprise101(a)(15)(S)(i).
S6Certain Aliens Supplying Critical Information Relating to Terrorism101(a)(15)(S)(ii).
S7Qualified Family Member of S5 or S6101(a)(15)(S).
T1Victim of a Severe Form of Trafficking in Persons101(a)(15)(T)(i).
T2Spouse of T1101(a)(15)(T)(ii).
T3Child of T1101(a)(15)(T)(ii).
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T4Parent of T1 Under 21 Years of Age101(a)(15)(T)(ii).
T5Unmarried Sibling Under Age 18 of T1 Under 21 Years of Age101(a)(15)(T)(ii).
TNNAFTA Professional214(e)(2).
TDSpouse or Child of NAFTA Professional214(e)(2).
U1Victim of Criminal Activity101(a)(15)(U)(i).
U2Spouse of U1101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
U3Child of U1101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
U4Parent of U1 Under 21 Years of Age101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
U5Unmarried Sibling Under Age 18 of U1 Under 21 Years of Age101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
V1Spouse of a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien Awaiting Availability of Immigrant Visa101(a)(15)(V)(i) or 101(a)(15)(V)(ii).
V2Child of a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien Awaiting Availability of Immigrant Visa101(a)(15)(V)(i) or 101(a)(15)(V)(ii).
V3Child of a V1 or V2203(d) & 101(a)(15)(V)(i) or 101(a)(15)(V)(ii).
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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; Pub. L. 107-56, sec. 421.

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2. Revise § 42.11 to read as follows:

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Classification symbols.

A visa issued to an immigrant alien within one of the classes described below shall bear an appropriate visa symbol to show the classification of the alien.

Immigrants

SymbolClassSection of law
Immediate Relatives
IR1Spouse of U.S. Citizen201(b).
IR2Child of U.S. Citizen201(b).
IR3Orphan Adopted Abroad by U.S. Citizen201(b) & 101(b)(1)(F).
IH3Child from Hague Convention Country Adopted Abroad by U.S. Citizen201(b) & 101(b)(1)(G).
IR4Orphan to be Adopted in U.S. by U.S. Citizen201(b) & 101(b)(1)(F).
IH4Child from Hague Convention Country to be Adopted in U.S. by U.S. Citizen201(b) & 101(b)(1)(G).
IR5Parent of U.S. Citizen at Least 21 Years of Age201(b).
CR1Spouse of U.S. Citizen (Conditional Status)201(b) & 216.
CR2Child of U.S. Citizen (Conditional Status)201(b) & 216.
IW1Certain Spouses of Deceased U.S. Citizens201(b).
IW2Child of IW1201(b).
IB1Self-petition Spouse of U.S. Citizen204(a)(1)(A)(iii).
IB2Self-petition Child of U.S. Citizen204(a)(1)(A)(iv).
IB3Child of IB1204(a)(1)(A)(iii).
VI5Parent of U.S. Citizen Who Acquired Permanent Resident Status Under the Virgin Islands Nonimmigrant Alien Adjustment Act201(b) & sec. 2 of the Virgin Islands Nonimmigrant Alien Adjustment Act, (Pub. L. 97-271).
Vietnam Amerasian Immigrants
AM1Vietnam Amerasian Principal584(b)(1)(A) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1988 (as contained in section 101(e) of Pub. L. 100-102) as amended.
AM2Spouse or Child of AM1584(b)(1)(A) and 584(b)(1)(B) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1988 (as contained in section 101(e) of Pub. L. 100-102) as amended.
AM3Natural Mother of AM1 (and Spouse or Child of Such Mother) or Person Who has Acted in Effect as the Mother, Father, or Next-of-Kin of AM1 (and Spouse or Child of Such Person)584(b)(1)(A) and 584(b)(1)(C) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1988 (as contained in section 101(e) of Pub. L. 100-102) as amended.
Special Immigrants
SB1Returning Resident101(a)(27)(A).
SC1Person Who Lost U.S. Citizenship by Marriage101(a)(27)(B) & 324(a).
SC2Person Who Lost U.S. Citizenship by Serving in Foreign Armed Forces101(a)(27)(B) & 327.
SI1Certain Aliens Employed by the U.S. Government in Iraq or Afghanistan as Translators or InterpretersSection 1059 of Pub. L. 109-163 as amended by Pub. L. 110-36.
SI2Spouse of SI1Section 1059 of Pub. L. 109-163 as amended by Pub. L. 110-36.
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SI3Child of SI1Section 1059 of Pub. L. 109-163 as amended by Pub. L. 110-36.
SM1Alien Recruited Outside the United States Who Has Served or is Enlisted to Serve in the U.S. Armed Forces for 12 Years101(a)(27)(K).
SM2Spouse of SM1101(a)(27)(K).
SM3Child of SM1101(a)(27)(K).
SQ1Certain Iraqis Employed by or on Behalf of the U.S. GovernmentSection 1244 of Public Law 110-181.
SQ2Spouse of SQ1Section 1244 of Public Law 110-181.
SQ3Child of SQ1Section 1244 of Public Law 110-181.
Family-Sponsored Preferences
Family 1st Preference
F11Unmarried Son or Daughter of U.S. Citizen203(a)(1).
F12Child of F11203(d) & 203(a)(1).
B11Self-petition Unmarried Son or Daughter of U.S. Citizen204(a)(1)(A)(iv) & 203(a)(1).
B12Child of B11203(d), 204(a)(1)(A)(iv) & 203(a)(1).
Family 2nd Preference (Subject to Country Limitations)
F21Spouse of Lawful Permanent Resident203(a)(2)(A).
F22Child of Lawful Permanent Resident203(a)(2)(A).
F23Child of F21 or F22203(d) & 203(a)(2)(A).
F24Unmarried Son or Daughter of Lawful Permanent Resident203(a)(2)(B).
F25Child of F24203(d) & 203(a)(2)(B).
C21Spouse of Lawful Permanent Resident (Conditional)203(a)(2)(A) & 216.
C22Child of Alien Resident (Conditional)203(a)(2)(A) & 216.
C23Child of C21 or C22 (Conditional)203(d) & 203(a)(2)(A) & 216.
C24Unmarried Son or Daughter of Lawful Permanent Resident (Conditional)203(a)(2)(B) & 216.
C25Child of F24 (Conditional)203(d) & 203(a)(2)(B) & 216.
B21Self-petition Spouse of Lawful Permanent Resident204(a)(1)(B)(ii).
B22Self-petition Child of Lawful Permanent Resident204(a)(1)(B)(iii).
B23Child of B21 or B22203(d) & 204(a)(1)(B)(ii).
B24Self-petition Unmarried Son or Daughter of Lawful Permanent Resident204(a)(1)(B)(iii).
B25Child of B24203(d) & 204(a)(1)(B)(iii).
Family 2nd Preference (Exempt from Country Limitations)
FX1Spouse of Lawful Permanent Resident202(a)(4)(A) & 203(a)(2)(A).
FX2Child of Lawful Permanent Resident202(a)(4)(A) & 203(a)(2)(A).
FX3Child of FX1 or FX2202(a)(4)(A) & 203(a)(2)(A) & 203(d).
CX1Spouse of Lawful Permanent Resident (Conditional)202(a)(4)(A) & 203(a)(2)(A) & 216.
CX2Child of Lawful Permanent Resident (Conditional)202(a)(4)(A) & 203(a)(2)(A) & 216.
CX3Child of CX1 or CX2 (Conditional)202(a)(4)(A) & 203(a)(2)(A) & 203(d) & 216.
BX1Self-petition Spouse of Lawful Permanent Resident204(a)(1)(B)(ii).
BX2Self-petition Child of Lawful Permanent Resident204(a)(1)(B)(iii).
BX3Child of BX1 or BX2204(a)(1)(B)(ii) & 203(d).
Family 3rd Preference
F31Married Son or Daughter of U.S. Citizen203(a)(3).
F32Spouse of F31203(d) & 203(a)(3).
F33Child of F31203(d) & 203(a)(3).
C31Married Son or Daughter of U.S. Citizen (Conditional)203(a)(3) & 216.
C32Spouse of C31 (Conditional)203(d) & 203(a)(3) & 216.
C33Child of C31 (Conditional)203(d) & 203(a)(3) & 216.
B31Self-petition Married Son or Daughter of U.S. Citizen204(a)(1)(A)(iv) & 203(a)(3).
B32Spouse of B31203(d), 204(a)(1)(A)(iv) & 203(a)(3).
B33Child of B31203(d), 204(a)(1)(A)(iv) & 203(a)(3).
Family 4th Preference
F41Brother or Sister of U.S. Citizen at Least 21 Years of Age203(a)(4).
F42Spouse of F41203(d) & 203(a)(4).
F43Child of F41203(d) & 203(a)(4).
Employment-Based Preferences
Employment 1st Preference (Priority Workers)
E11Alien with Extraordinary Ability203(b)(1)(A).
E12Outstanding Professor or Researcher203(b)(1)(B).
E13Multinational Executive or Manager203(b)(1)(C).
E14Spouse of E11, E12, or E13203(d) & 203(b)(1)(A) & 203(b)(1)(B) & 203(b)(1)(C).
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E15Child of E11, E12, or E13203(d) & 203(b)(1)(A) & 203(b)(1)(B) & 203(b)(1)(C).
Employment 2nd Preference (Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability)
E21Professional Holding Advanced Degree or Alien of Exceptional Ability203(b)(2).
E22Spouse of E21203(d) & 203(b)(2).
E23Child of E21203(d) & 203(b)(2).
Employment 3rd Preference (Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers)
E31Skilled Worker203(b)(3)(A)(i).
E32Professional Holding Baccalaureate Degree203(b)(3)(A)(ii).
E34Spouse of E31 or E32203(d) & 203(b)(3)(A)(i) & 203(b)(3)(A)(ii).
E35Child of E31 or E32203(d) & 203(b)(3)(A)(i) & 203(b)(3)(A)(ii).
EW3Other Worker (Subgroup Numerical Limit)203(b)(3)(A)(iii).
EW4Spouse of EW3203(d) & 203(b)(3)(A)(iii).
EW5Child of EW3203(d) & 203(b)(3)(A)(iii).
Employment 4th Preference (Certain Special Immigrants)
BC1Broadcaster in the U.S. employed by the International Broadcasting Bureau of the Broadcasting Board of Governors or a grantee of such organization101(a)(27)(M) & 203(b)(4).
BC2Accompanying spouse of BC1101(a)(27)(M) & 203(b)(4).
BC3Accompanying child of BC1101(a)(27)(M) & 203(b)(4).
SD1Minister of Religion101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(I) & 203(b)(4).
SD2Spouse of SD1101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(I) & 203(b)(4).
SD3Child of SD1101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(I) & 203(b)(4).
SE1Certain Employees or Former Employees of the U.S. Government Abroad101(a)(27)(D) & 203(b)(4).
SE2Spouse of SE1101(a)(27)(D) & 203(b)(4).
SE3Child of SE1101(a)(27)(D) & 203(b)(4).
SF1Certain Former Employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government101(a)(27)(E) & 203(b)(4).
SF2Spouse or Child of SF1101(a)(27)(E) & 203(b)(4).
SG1Certain Former Employees of the U.S. Government in the Panama Canal Zone101(a)(27)(F) & 203(b)(4).
SG2Spouse or Child of SG1101(a)(27)(F) & 203(b)(4).
SH1Certain Former Employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government on April 1, 1979101(a)(27)(G) & 203(b)(4).
SH2Spouse or Child of SH1101(a)(27)(G) & 203(b)(4).
SJ1Certain Foreign Medical Graduates (Adjustments Only)101(a)(27)(H).
SJ2Accompanying Spouse or Child of SJ1101(a)(27)(H) & 203(b)(4).
SK1Certain Retired International Organization employees101(a)(27)(I)(iii) & 203(b)(4).
SK2Spouse of SK1101(a)(27)(I)(iv) & 203(b)(4).
SK3Certain Unmarried Sons or Daughters of an International Organization Employee101(a)(27)(I)(i) & 203(b)(4).
SK4Certain Surviving Spouses of a deceased International Organization Employee101(a)(27)(I)(ii) & 203(b)(4).
SL1Juvenile Court Dependent (Adjustment Only)101(a)(27)(J) & 203(b)(4).
SN1Certain retired NATO6 civilians101(a)(27)(L) & 203(b)(4).
SN2Spouse of SN1101(a)(27)(L) & 203(b)(4).
SN3Certain unmarried sons or daughters of NATO6 civilian employees101(a)(27)(L) & 203(b)(4).
SN4Certain surviving spouses of deceased NATO6 civilian employees101(a)(27)(L) & 203(b)(4).
SPAlien Beneficiary of a petition or labor certification application filed prior to September 11, 2001, if the petition or application was rendered void due to a terrorist act of September 11, 2001. Spouse, child of such alien, or the grandparent of a child orphaned by a terrorist act of September 11, 2001Section 421 of Public Law 107-56.
SR1Certain Religious Workers101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(II) & (III) as amended, & 203(b)(4).
SR2Spouse of SR1101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(II) & (III) as amended, & 203(b)(4).
SR3Child of SR1101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(II) & (III) as amended, & 203(b)(4).
Employment 5th Preference (Employment Creation Conditional Status)
C51Employment Creation OUTSIDE Targeted Areas203(b)(5)(A).
C52Spouse of C51203(d) & 203(b)(5)(A).
C53Child of C51203(d) & 203(b)(5)(A).
T51Employment Creation IN Targeted Rural/High Unemployment Area203(b)(5)(B).
T52Spouse of T51203(d) & 203(b)(5)(B).
T53Child of T51203(d) & 203(b)(5)(B).
R51Investor Pilot Program, Not in Targeted Area203(b)(5) & Sec. 610 of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993 (Pub. L. 102-395), as amended.
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R52Spouse of R51203(d) & 203(b)(5) & Sec. 610 of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993 (Pub. L. 102-395), as amended.
R53Child of R51203(d) & 203(b)(5) & Sec. 610 of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993 (Pub. L. 102-395), as amended.
I51Investor Pilot Program, in Targeted Area203(b)(5) & Sec. 610 of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993 (Pub. L. 102-395), as amended.
I52Spouse of I51203(d) & 203(b)(5) & Sec. 610 of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993 (Pub. L. 102-395), as amended.
I53Child of I51203(d) & 203(b)(5) & Sec. 610 of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993 (Pub. L. 102-395), as amended.
Other Numerically Limited Categories
Diversity Immigrants
DV1Diversity Immigrant203(c).
DV2Spouse of DV1203(d) & 203(c).
DV3Child of DV1203(d) & 203(c).
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Dated: March 3, 2008.

Stephen A. Edson,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State.

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