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Dear Editor:
With reference to the Notice No. 2198-02 published in the Federal Register requesting comments on the proposed rule that all the aliens including lawful permanent residents are required to report the Immigration and Naturalization Service of their current address and keep the Service informed of any change of address within 10 days of such a change, I would like to make the following comments:

It is widely known to all that the aliens who visit other countries, are generally required to register at immigration office or inform it of their address of stay, if they remain in the country for more than three months. Furthermore, they are mostly given at the port of entry of the country they visit, a slip that contains detail information about their requirement of registration at the immigration office or to inform it of their address of stay. But, at the port of entry of the United States, no other slip is provided to the aliens visiting this country than customs declaration form and I-95 form (Arrival/Departure).

It is hardly known to all the aliens visiting the United States that they are required to fill out the Form AR-11(Alien's Change of Address Card), if they remain in this country for more than 30 days , and that they should also report to the Service of every change of their address within 10 days of such a change. Therefore, I don't think it will be fair and just to charge them with their violation of the law, simply on the grounds that they failed to fill out AR-11 form. First of all, they should be given proper information by the Service that they must provide the Service their current address by filling out this form.

Therefore, in view of the above circumstances, I would like to offer the following solutions, which, I think, are highly desirable that should be implemented:

1. Upon arrival at the port of entry of the United States, all the aliens should be given AR-11 form with information that will clearly explain that failing of mailing it to the Service after filling out will be considered the violation of the law, and they will be held accountable for any consequences.

2. People from different countries of the world come to visit the United States not only to see the different places, but also to meet their relatives and friends. Therefore, they generally remain in this country for more than 30 days, most probably for a period of six months. It is sure that during their stay here generally they visit most tourist places such as New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas and Miami. Certainly, they will feel irritated having obligation to report to the Service of their new address every time they move to new place. Therefore, the current regulations requiring the aliens to report to the Service of their every change of address within 10 days of such a change, should be abolished. Instead, only those aliens who will remain in this country for more than six months should be made to report the Service of their every change of address within 10 days of the change.

S. Salike


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