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Restrictions on Legal Assistance to Aliens; Corrections

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AGENCY:

Legal Services Corporation.

ACTION:

Correcting amendments.

SUMMARY:

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) published a document in the Federal Register on April 18, 2014, amending LSC rules governing restrictions on legal assistance to aliens. That document failed to include paragraph headings in a section. This document corrects the final regulations by revising the section.

DATES:

Effective May 27, 2014.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Stefanie K. Davis, Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services Corporation, 3333 K St. NW., Washington, DC 20007; (202) 295-1563; sdavis@lsc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This document corrects the final regulations for part 1626, which became effective on May 19, 2014.

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List of Subjects in 45 CFR Part 1626

  • Aliens
  • Grant programs—law
  • Legal services
  • Migrant labor
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Accordingly, 45 CFR part 1626 is corrected by making the following correcting amendments:

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PART 1626—RESTRICTIONS ON LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO ALIENS

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1. The authority citation for part 1626 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2996g(e).

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2. Revise § 1626.2 to read as follows:

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Definitions.

(a) Anti-abuse statutes means the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, Pub. L. 103-322, 108 Stat. 1941, as amended, and the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109-162, 119 Stat. 2960 (collectively referred to as “VAWA”); Section 101(a)(15)(U) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(U); and the incorporation of these statutory provisions in section 502(a)(2)(C) of LSC's FY 1998 appropriation, Public Law 105-119, Title V, 111 Stat. 2440, 2510 as incorporated by reference thereafter; the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Public Law 106-386, 114 Stat. 1464 (“TVPA”), as amended; and Section 101(a)(15)(T) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(T).

(b) Battered or subjected to extreme cruelty includes, but is not limited to, being the victim of any act or threatened act of violence, including any forceful detention, which results or threatens to result in physical or mental injury. Psychological or sexual abuse or exploitation, including rape, molestation, incest (if the victim is a minor), or forced prostitution may be considered acts of violence. Other abusive actions may also be acts of violence under certain circumstances, including acts that, in and of themselves, may not initially appear violent but that are a part of an overall pattern of violence.

(c) Certification means the certification prescribed in 22 U.S.C. 7105(b)(1)(E).

(d) Citizen means a person described or defined as a citizen or national of the United States in 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22) and Title III of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Chapter 1 (8 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.) (citizens by birth) and Chapter 2 (8 U.S.C. 1421 et seq.) (citizens by naturalization) or antecedent citizen statutes.

(e) Eligible alien means a person who is not a citizen but who meets the requirements of § 1626.4 or § 1626.5.

(f) Ineligible alien means a person who is not a citizen and who does not meet the requirements of § 1626.4 or § 1626.5.

(g) On behalf of an ineligible alien means to render legal assistance to an Start Printed Page 30053eligible client that benefits an ineligible alien and does not affect a specific legal right or interest of the eligible client.

(h)(1) Qualifies for immigration relief under section 101(a)(15)(U) of the INA means:

(i) A person who has been granted relief under that section;

(ii) A person who has applied for relief under that section and who the recipient determines has evidentiary support for such application; or

(iii) A person who has not filed for relief under that section, but who the recipient determines has evidentiary support for filing for such relief.

(2) A person who qualifies for immigration relief under section 101(a)(15)(U) of the INA includes any person who may apply for primary U visa relief under subsection (i) of section 101(a)(15)(U) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(U)(i)) or for derivative U visa relief for family members under subsection (ii) of section 101(a)(15)(U) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(U)(ii)). Recipients may provide assistance for any person who qualifies for derivative U visa relief regardless of whether such a person has been subjected to abuse.

(i) Rejected refers to an application for adjustment of status that has been denied by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is not subject to further administrative appeal.

(j) Victim of severe forms of trafficking means any person described at 22 U.S.C. 7105(b)(1)(C).

(k) Victim of sexual assault or trafficking means:

(1) A victim of sexual assault subjected to any conduct included in the definition of sexual assault in VAWA, 42 U.S.C. 13925(a)(29); or

(2) A victim of trafficking subjected to any conduct included in the definition of “trafficking” under law, including, but not limited to, local, state, and federal law, and T visa holders regardless of certification from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

(l) United States, for purposes of this part, has the same meaning given that term in section 101(a)(38) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(38)).

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Legal Services Corporation.

Stefanie K. Davis,

Assistant General Counsel.

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[FR Doc. 2014-12110 Filed 5-23-14; 8:45 am]

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