[Federal Register: January 11, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 8)]
[Rules and Regulations]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
22 CFR Part 41
[Public Notice 3858]
Documentation of Nonimmigrants Under the Immigration and
Nationality Act, as Amended--Additional International Organization
AGENCY: Department of State.
ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments.
SUMMARY: This rule adds INTELSAT (following privatization) as an
``international organization'' to the current definition which includes
within that term only organizations so designated by the President.
DATES: Effective January 11, 2002. Written comments may be submitted on
or before March 12, 2002.
ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted, in duplicate, to the
Chief, Legislation and Regulations Division, Visa Services, Department
of State, Washington, DC 20520-0106.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth J. Harper, Legislation and
Regulations Division, Visa Services, Department of State, Washington,
DC 20520-0106, (202) 663-1221, e-mail email@example.com, or fax at
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 301 of Public Law 106-396 (47 U.S.C.
763, October 30, 2000) provides that certain aliens who were officers
or employees of INTELSAT before its privatization and who had had and
had maintained the status of ``international organization alien'' under
the terms of section 101(a)(15)(G) of the Immigration and Nationality
Act will continue to be eligible for such classification as long as
they are officers or employees of INTELSAT or any successor or
separated entity of INTELSAT. The current regulation (22 CFR 41.24)
defines an ``international organization'' as one designated by the
President as entitled to the privileges and immunities provided under
the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288).
Although INTELSAT was and is so designated (while not yet privatized),
it would appear that its status (and that of separated or successor
entities) as an international organization for non-immigrant visa
purposes after privatization would be contingent upon this legislation.
It is believed, therefore, that the regulation should so specify in the
interest of clarity.
No other changes are effected by this regulation.
Regulatory Analysis and Notices
Administrative Procedure Act
The Department is publishing this rule as an interim rule, with a
provision for post-promulgation public comments, based on the ``good
cause'' exceptions set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and 553(d)(3).
The rule makes no substantive changes in visa operations. It simply
acknowledges that a different statute conferred the designation of
``international organization'' in this instance.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
Pursuant to Sec. 605 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the
Department has assessed the potential impact of this rule, and the
Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs hereby certifies that is not
expected to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number
of small entities.
Unfunded Mandates Reform 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 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.
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
List of Subjects in 22 CFR Part 41
Aliens, Nonimmigrants, Passports and visas.
Accordingly, the Department of State amends 22 CFR Chapter I as
1. The authority citation for part 41 continues to read:
Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1104.
2. Amend Sec. 41.24 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:
Sec. 41.24 International organization aliens.
(a) Definition of international organization. ``International
organization'' means: (1) Any public international organization which
has been designated by the President by Executive Order as entitled to
enjoy the privileges, exemptions, and immunities provided for in the
International Organizations Immunities Act (59 Stat. 669, 22 U.S.C.
(2) INTELSAT, following privatization, and any successor or
separated entity thereof, as so designated by section 301 of Public Law
* * * * *
Dated: November 28, 2001.
Mary A. Ryan,
Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 02-271 Filed 1-10-02; 8:45 am]
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