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[Federal Register: October 30, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 210)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 66045-66046]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



22 CFR Part 41

[Public Notice 4181]

Visas: Documentation of Nonimmigrants Under the Immigration and 
Nationality Act: XIX Olympic Winter Games and VIII Paralympic Winter 
Games in Salt Lake City, UT, 2002

AGENCY: Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.

ACTION: Removal of interim rule.


SUMMARY: The Department of State is removing its interim rule on 
special procedures relating to visa documentation and visa processing 
for the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City. Now 
that the 2002 Winter Games are over there is no longer a need for the 
interim rule.

DATES: This final rule is effective August 1, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding the 
publication of this regulation under the Administrative

[[Page 66046]]

 Procedures Act Ron Acker, Legislation and Regulations Division, Visa 
Office, Room L603-D, SA-1, Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520-
0106, (202) 663-1205; or e-mail: For information 
regarding the possible effect of this regulation on individual visa 
applicants or any group of applicants contact the Public Inquiries 
Division of the Directorate for Visa Services at (202) 663-1225, or by 
e-mail to


What Is the Background for This Final Rule?

    On July 25, 2001, we published in the Federal Register (66 FR 
38536) an interim rule entitled, ``Visas: Documentation of 
Nonimmigrants Under the Immigration and Nationality Act; Application 
for Nonimmigrant Visa: XIX Olympic Winter Games and VIII Paralympic 
Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT, 2002.'' We received no comments on 
the interim rule.
    The interim rule was published to provide the Department of State 
with legal authority to administer special visa procedures attendant to 
the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Games and to issue visas on Olympic and 
Paralympic Identity/Accreditation Cards through the Olympic Visa 
Information Database (OVID 2002).

Why Is the Interim Rule Being Removed?

    The Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games concluded February 24, and 
March 16, 2002, respectively. Consequently, the interim rule providing 
for special visa procedures for these two events no longer serves a 
practical purpose and is, consequently, hereby being removed.

Final Rule

    This final rule amends the Department's regulations at 41.101, 
41.102, 41.103, 41.104, 41.107, 41.112, 41.113, and 41.122.

Regulatory Analysis and Notices

Administrative Procedure Act

    The Department is publishing this rule as a final rule, based on 
the ``good cause'' exceptions set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and 

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Pursuant to section 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 and will benefit those that engage temporary 
agricultural workers.

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 amends 22 CFR part 41 as follows:


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

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1104; Public Law 105-277, 112 Stat. 2681 et 

Sec.  41.101  [Amended]

    2. Remove paragraph (g) of Sec.  41.101.

Sec.  41.102  [Amended]

    3. Remove paragraph (c) of Sec.  41.102.

Sec.  41.103  [Amended]

    4. Remove paragraph (c) of Sec.  41.103.

Sec.  41.104  [Amended]

    5. Remove paragraph (e) of Sec.  41.104.

Sec.  41.107  [Amended]

    6. Remove paragraph (f) of Sec.  41.107.

Sec.  41.112  [Amended]

    7. Remove paragraph (f) of Sec.  41.112.

Sec.  41.113  [Amended]

    8. Remove paragraphs (i), (j) and (k) of Sec.  41.113.

Sec.  41.122  [Amended]

    9. Remove paragraphs (i) and (j) of Sec.  41.122.

    Dated: October 25, 2002.
Timothy Egert,
Federal Register Liaison, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 02-27595 Filed 10-29-02; 8:45 am]