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[December 13, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 238)]
[Unified Agenda]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [frwais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID: f:ua041209.wais]

[Page 73186-73296]
 
Department of Homeland Security


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Part IX








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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

[[Page 73186]]

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

_______________________________________________________________________

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

6 CFR Chs. I and II

[DHS Docket No. OGC-RP-04-001]

 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DHS.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

_______________________________________________________________________

SUMMARY: This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, September 19, 1980) and 
Executive Order (E.O.) 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' 
(September 30, 1993), which require the publication of a semiannual 
agenda of regulations by the Department of Homeland Security 
(Department or DHS). The regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of 
all current and projected rulemakings, and completed actions of the 
Department. This is the Department's third semi-annual agenda and 
second regulatory plan. Under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public 
Law 107-295 (Homeland Security Act), 22 pre-existing agencies or 
components transferred to DHS. The Department of Homeland Security is 
comprised of five major divisions or directorates: Border and 
Transportation Security; Emergency Preparedness and Response; Science 
and Technology; Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection; and 
Management. Besides the five Directorates of DHS, several other 
critical agencies were folded into the Department or were created 
including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Office of Private Sector 
Liaison, and the Office of Inspector General.

     Although DHS is relatively new, many of its components had 
active regulatory agendas that have carried into this agenda, such 
as the legacy Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS), which 
has been divided into the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and 
the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. Together, the latter 
components alone comprise half of the DHS regulatory agenda. The 
legacy INS rulemakings primarily set forth application or other 
process standards for obtaining benefits, privileges, or other 
attributes afforded to visa or citizen holders. Other DHS 
components, such as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation 
Security Administration (TSA), have regulatory functions rooted in 
promulgating safety or security standards. DHS recently joined the 
Environmental Protection Agency Federal Partner On-line Electronic 
Docket System (EDocket). Members of the public may access this 
docket at: http://www.epa.gov/feddocket. All Coast Guard and TSA 
electronic dockets may continue to be accessed at: http://
dms.dot.gov. Since Coast Guard and TSA were originally on the 
Department of Transportation's (DOT) electronic Docketing 
Management System, those agencies will remain on that system until 
DHS fully migrates to the Federal Electronic Docketing System to 
occur sometime in late fiscal year 2005.

     The DHS agenda provides the public with information about the 
Department's regulatory practices. It is expected that this 
information will enable the public to more effectively participate 
in the Department's regulatory activities. The public is also 
invited to submit comments on any aspect of this agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

    General

     You should direct all comments and inquiries on the agenda in 
general to the Regulations Division, Office of the General Counsel, 
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

    Specific

     You should direct all comments and inquiries on the particular 
items in the agenda to the individual listed for the regulation or 
the general rulemaking contact person for the DHS components.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The semiannual agenda of the Department 
conforms to the Unified Agenda format developed by the Regulatory 
Information Service Center.

     For this edition of DHS' regulatory agenda, the most 
significant regulatory actions are included in The Regulatory Plan, 
which appears in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. The 
Regulatory Plan entries are listed in the table of contents below 
and are denoted by a bracketed bold reference, which directs the 
reader to the appropriate number in part II. DHS' Statement of 
Regulatory Priorities is also included in part II.

Dated: September 24, 2004.

 Laticia Argenti,

Deputy Associate General Counsel for Regulations.

                                  Office of the Secretary--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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1143        Supplemental Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Department of Homeland Security    1601-AA17
1144        Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements;                1601-AA18
            Administration of Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Ed., Hospitals,
            and Other Nonprofit Orgs..............................................................
1145        Homeland Security Information Sharing (Reg Plan Seq No. 68)...........................    1601-AA25
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References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


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                                    Office of the Secretary--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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1146        Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Procedures.................................    1601-AA00
1147        Production or Disclosure of Official Information in Connection With Legal Proceedings.    1601-AA01
1148        Classified National Security Information..............................................    1601-AA02
1149        Enforcement of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Department of Homeland     1601-AA03
            Security Programs or Activities.......................................................
1150        Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving       1601-AA04
            Federal Financial Assistance..........................................................
1151        Regulations Regarding Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Race, Color, or National          1601-AA05
            Origin in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance...............
1152        Authority of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Delegations of         1601-AA06
            Authority; Immigration Laws...........................................................
1153        Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Governmentwide               1601-AA10
            Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace..................................................
1154        Program Fraud Civil Remedies..........................................................    1601-AA11
1155        Regulations Imposing Restrictions Upon Lobbying.......................................    1601-AA12
1156        National Environmental Policy Act Procedures..........................................    1601-AA13
1157        Procedures for Handling Critical Infrastructure Information (Reg Plan Seq No. 69).....    1601-AA14
1158        Regulations Implementing the Support Antiterrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies    1601-AA15
            Act of 2002 (the SAFETY Act) (Reg Plan Seq No. 70)....................................
1159        Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR).......................................    1601-AA16
1160        Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Human Resources Management System (Reg Plan Seq     1601-AA21
            No. 71)...............................................................................
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References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                                   Office of the Secretary--Long-Term Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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1161        Procedures Relating to Awards Under the Equal Access to Justice Act...................    1601-AA22
1162        Collection of Nontax Debts Owed to the Department of Homeland Security................    1601-AA23
1163        Right to Financial Privacy............................................................    1601-AA24
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                       Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1164        Revised Grounds of Inadmissibility; Exceptions and Waivers for Immigrants and             1615-AA00
            Nonimmigrants.........................................................................
1165        International Matchmaking Organizations (Section 610 Review)..........................    1615-AA11
1166        Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions..................................................    1615-AA15
1167        Immigrant and Nonimmigrant; Religious Workers.........................................    1615-AA16
1168        Dismissal of Asylum Application for Unexcused Failure To Appear and Affect on             1615-AA18
            Eligibility for Employment Authorization..............................................
1169        Special Immigrant Status for Certain NATO Civilian Employees..........................    1615-AA21
1170        Inadmissibility To Enter the United States for Former U.S. Citizens Who Renounced         1615-AA32
            Citizenship To Avoid Taxation.........................................................
1171        Implementation of the Numerical Limit on Asylum Grants and Refugee Admissions Based on    1615-AA37
            Resistance to Coercive Population Control Measures....................................
1172        Intercountry Adoptions................................................................    1615-AA43
1173        Waiver of Fees........................................................................    1615-AA48
1174        Adoption of Siblings; Adopted Alien Children Less Than 18 Years of Age Considered a       1615-AA50
            ``Child''.............................................................................
1175        Adjustment of Status Under Section 245(k).............................................    1615-AA54
1176        Implementation of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998      1615-AA55
            (ACWIA), the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21),
            and Other Related Bills...............................................................
1177        Consent To Reapply for Admission After Removal........................................    1615-AA61
1178        Waivers of the Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement for Certain Exchange Visitors...    1615-AA62
1179        Illegal Entries, Unlawful Presence, and Automatic Voiding of Nonimmigrant Visas.......    1615-AA64
1180        Medical Examination Requirements and Designation of Civil Surgeons....................    1615-AA65
1181        Medical Grounds of Inadmissibility and Waivers........................................    1615-AA66

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1182        Adjustment of the Appeal and Motion Fee To Recover Full Costs.........................    1615-AA88
1183        Changes to Employment Authorization Eligibility for Certain Applicants and to             1615-AA89
            Standards for Determining a Frivolous Asylum Application..............................
1184        Removal of Standardized Request for Evidence Processing Timeframe.....................    1615-AB13
1185        Establishment of Fee for Processing Genealogical Research Requests....................    1615-AB19
1186        Administrative Appeals Office: Procedural Reforms To Improve Efficiency...............    1615-AB29
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                        Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1187        Adjustment of Status to That of Person Admitted for Permanent Residence: Conditional      1615-AA02
            Residents and Fiance(e)s..............................................................
1188        Petition To Classify Alien as Immediate Relative of a U.S. Citizen or as a Preference     1615-AA03
            Immigrant; Self-Petitioning for Certain Battered or Abused Alien Spouses and Children.
1189        Affidavit of Support on Behalf of Immigrants..........................................    1615-AA06
1190        Adjustment of Status, Continued Validity of Nonimmigrant Status, and Unexpired            1615-AA12
            Employment Authorization for Applicants Maintaining Nonimmigrant H or L Status........
1191        Fingerprinting Applicants and Petitioners for Immigration Benefits; Establishing a Fee    1615-AA14
            for Fingerprinting by the Department of Homeland Security.............................
1192        Suspension of Deportation and Special Rule Cancellation of Removal for Certain            1615-AA17
            Nationals of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Former Soviet Bloc Countries.................
1193        Inadmissibility and Deportability on Public Charge Grounds............................    1615-AA22
1194        Application for Refugee Status; Acceptable Sponsorship Agreement Guaranty of              1615-AA24
            Transportation........................................................................
1195        Battered and Abused Conditional Residents; Termination of Marriage by Conditional         1615-AA29
            Residents.............................................................................
1196        Revoking Grants of Naturalization.....................................................    1615-AA30
1197        Registration and Fingerprinting of Aliens in the United States: Control of Employment     1615-AA33
            of Aliens.............................................................................
1198        Adding Actuaries and Plant Pathologists to the North American Free Trade Agreement....    1615-AA38
1199        Adjustment of Status to That of Person Admitted for Permanent Residence; Temporary        1615-AA40
            Removal of Certain Restrictions of Eligibility........................................
1200        Asylum and Withholding Definitions....................................................    1615-AA41
1201        Petition To Classify Alien as Immediate Relative of a U.S. Citizen or Preference          1615-AA42
            Immigrant; Adjustment of Status to That of a Person Admitted for Permanent Residence..
1202        Academic Honorarium for B Nonimmigrant Aliens.........................................    1615-AA44
1203        Children Born Outside the United States; Applications for Certificate of Citizenship..    1615-AA45
1204        Allowing for the Filing of Form I-140 Visa Petition Concurrently With a Form I-485        1615-AA46
            Application in Certain Circumstances..................................................
1205        Establishing Premium Processing Service for Employment-Based Petitions and                1615-AA49
            Applications..........................................................................
1206        Adjustment of Status for Certain Nationals of Nicaragua, Cuba, and Haiti..............    1615-AA51
1207        Adjustment to Lawful Resident Status of Certain Class Action Participants Who Entered     1615-AA52
            Before January 1, 1982, Under the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (LIFE Act)..
1208        Nonimmigrant Classes; Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents; V               1615-AA53
            Classification........................................................................
1209        K Nonimmigrant Classification; Legal Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE).............    1615-AA56
1210        New Classification for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons Eligible for     1615-AA59
            the T Nonimmigrant Status.............................................................
1211        Adjustment of Status for Victims of Trafficking.......................................    1615-AA60
1212        Removal of Limitations on the Validity Period for Employment Authorization Documents..    1615-AA63
1213        New Classification for Victims of Certain Criminal Activity; Eligibility for the U        1615-AA67
            Nonimmigrant Status...................................................................
1214        Documentary Requirements for Certain Temporary Residents..............................    1615-AA69
1215        Restructuring the Nonimmigrant Regulations............................................    1615-AA74
1216        Waivers for Nonimmigrants Under Section 212(d)(3)(A) of the Immigration and               1615-AA75
            Nationality Act.......................................................................
1217        Clarification of Regulations Relating to Aliens That Are Employment Authorized            1615-AA78
            Incident to Status....................................................................
1218        Procedures for Conducting Examinations and Waiving the Oath of Allegiance for             1615-AA81
            Naturalization Applicants With Disabilities...........................................
1219        Electronic Signature on Applications and Petitions for Immigration and Naturalization     1615-AA83
            Benefits..............................................................................
1220        Withholding of Adjudication...........................................................    1615-AA86
1221        Implementation of Amendments Affecting Petitions for Employment Creation Aliens.......    1615-AA90
1222        Implementation of the Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of    1615-AA91
            the United States Regarding Asylum Claims.............................................

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1223        Implementation of the Age Out Protections Afforded Under the Child Status Protection      1615-AA95
            Act...................................................................................
1224        Filing of Proposals for Designation as a Regional Center Approved To Participate in       1615-AB00
            the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program..................................................
1225        Application for Naturalization by Alternative Application if Citizen Parent Has Died..    1615-AB08
1226        Sunset of Additional $1,000 Filing Fee and Return to 65,000 Annual Limit on H-1B          1615-AB10
            Nonimmigrant Petition Approvals.......................................................
1227        Requiring Completion of Security Checks Before Issuance of Evidence of Alien              1615-AB12
            Registration..........................................................................
1228        Classification of Certain Scientists of the Commonwealth of Independent States of the     1615-AB14
            Former Soviet Union and the Baltic States as Employment-Based Immigrants..............
1229        Petitioning Requirements for the O and P Nonimmigrant Classifications.................    1615-AB17
1230        Change or Extension of Nonimmigrant Status Under the Chile and Singapore Free Trade       1615-AB22
            Agreements............................................................................
1231        Eligibility Pilot Program (Precertification of Certain I129 and I140 Petitioners).....    1615-AB25
1232        Petitions for Employment Based Immigrants.............................................    1615-AB27
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                        Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1233        Reduction of the Number of Acceptable Documents and Other Changes to Employment           1615-AA01
            Verification Requirements (Section 610 Review)........................................
1234        Temporary Protected Status Notices and Regulations....................................    1615-AA04
1235        Definition of the Term ``Lawfully Present'' for Purposes of Eligibility for Public        1615-AA05
            Benefits..............................................................................
1236        Regulations Concerning the Convention Against Torture.................................    1615-AA19
1237        National Interest Waivers for Second Preference Employment-Based Immigrant Physicians     1615-AA34
            Serving in Medically Underserved Areas or at Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities
1238        Petitioning Requirements for the H-1C Nonimmigrant Classification Under Public Law 106-   1615-AA35
            95....................................................................................
1239        Special Immigrant Visa for Fourth Preference Employment-Based Broadcasters............    1615-AA47
1240        Adjustment of Status for Certain Syrian Nationals Granted Asylum in the United States.    1615-AA57
1241        Construction Work and the B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification..........................    1615-AA58
1242        Requiring Change of Status From B to F-1 or M-1 Nonimmigrant Prior To Pursuing a          1615-AA73
            Course of Study.......................................................................
1243        Petitions for Aliens To Perform Temporary Nonagricultural Services or Labor (H-2B)....    1615-AA82
1244        Waiver of Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility for Immigrants..........................    1615-AA94
1245        Eliminating the Numerical Cap on Mexican TN Nonimmigrants.............................    1615-AA96
1246        Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility, Exceptions and Waivers for Immigrants and            1615-AB15
            Nonimmigrants, Refugees and Asylees...................................................
1247        Petitions for Employment Creation Aliens..............................................    1615-AB20
1248        Extension of the Deadline for Certain Health Care Workers Required To Obtain              1615-AB28
            Certificates..........................................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                        Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1249        Limiting Liability for Certain Technical and Procedural Violations of Paperwork           1615-AA08
            Requirements..........................................................................
1250        Verification of Eligibility for Public Benefits.......................................    1615-AA13
1251        Employment Authorization for Certificate of Citizenship Applicants....................    1615-AA39
1252        Limiting the Period of Admission for B Nonimmigrant Aliens............................    1615-AA68
1253        Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions Under the Immigration and Nationality Act.    1615-AA71
1254        Adding and Removing Institutions To and From the List of Recognized American              1615-AA72
            Institutions of Research..............................................................
1255        Limiting the Use of Duration of Status for Certain F, J, and I Nonimmigrants..........    1615-AA80
1256        Adjustment of the Immigration Benefit Application Fee Schedule To Recover Costs           1615-AA84
            Associated With Additional Security Checks............................................
1257        Availability of Material Under Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.............    1615-AB18
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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                                      U.S. Coast Guard--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1258        Claims Procedures Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (USCG-2004-17697)...............    1625-AA03
1259        State Access to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (USCG-2004-19123)..................    1625-AA06
1260        Numbering of Undocumented Barges (USCG-1998-3798).....................................    1625-AA14
1261        Implementation of the 1995 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of     1625-AA16
            Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978 (CGD 95-062).....
1262        Marine Events: Permit Procedures (USCG-2001-10713)....................................    1625-AA35
1263        Wearing of Personal Flotation Devices by Persons Operating or Riding on Personal          1625-AA40
            Watercraft or Being Towed Behind Recreational Vessels (USCG-2002-11421)...............
1264        Traffic Separation Schemes: In the Strait of Juan De Fuca and Its Approaches; In Puget    1625-AA48
            Sound and Its Approaches; In Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, and in the Strait of Georgia
            (USCG-2002-12702).....................................................................
1265        Administrative Changes To Numbering of Vessels and Reporting of Casualties (USCG-2003-    1625-AA70
            14963)................................................................................
1266        Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels (USCG-2003-16158) (Reg Plan Seq No. 72)...........    1625-AA77
1267        Pollution Prevention Equipment (USCG-2004-18939)......................................    1625-AA90
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1268        Reporting Marine Casualties (USCG-2000-6927)..........................................    1625-AA04
1269        Limited Service Domestic Voyage Load Lines for River Barges on Lake Michigan (USCG-       1625-AA17
            1998-4623)............................................................................
1270        Anchorage Ground; Safety Zone; Speed Limit; Tongass Narrows and Ketchikan, Alaska         1625-AA23
            (CGD17-99-002)........................................................................
1271        Post Casualty Drug and Alcohol Testing (USCG-2001-8773) (Reg Plan Seq No. 73).........    1625-AA27
1272        Rates for Pilotage on the Great Lakes (USCG-2002-11288)...............................    1625-AA38
1273        Vessel Documentation: Lease Financing for Vessels Engaged in the Coastwise Trade;         1625-AA63
            Second Rulemaking (USCG-2003-14472)...................................................
1274        Terms Imposed by States on Numbering of Vessels (USCG-2003-15708).....................    1625-AA75
1275        Review and Update of Standards for Marine Equipment (USCG-2003-16630).................    1625-AA83
1276        Validation of Merchant Mariners' Vital Information and Issuance of Coast Guard            1625-AA85
            Merchant Mariner's Licenses and Certificates of Registry (USCG-2004-17455)............
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1277        Safety Zone Regulations...............................................................    1625-AA00
1278        Special Anchorage Areas/Anchorage Grounds Regulations.................................    1625-AA01
1279        Discharge-Removal Equipment for Vessels Carrying Oil (CGD 90-068).....................    1625-AA02
1280        Escort Vessels for Certain Tankers (CGD 91-202).......................................    1625-AA05
1281        Regatta and Marine Parade Regulations.................................................    1625-AA08
1282        Drawbridge Regulations................................................................    1625-AA09
1283        Escort Vessels in Certain U.S. Waters (CGD 91-202a)...................................    1625-AA10
1284        Regulated Navigation Areas............................................................    1625-AA11
1285        Marine Transportation-Related Facility Response Plans for Hazardous Substances (USCG-     1625-AA12
            1999-5705)............................................................................
1286        Tank Vessel Response Plans for Hazardous Substances (USCG-1998-4354)..................    1625-AA13
1287        Outer Continental Shelf Activities (USCG-1998-3868)...................................    1625-AA18
1288        Salvage and Marine Firefighting Requirements; Vessel Response Plans for Oil (USCG-1998-   1625-AA19
            3417).................................................................................
1289        Deepwater Ports (USCG-1998-3884)......................................................    1625-AA20
1290        Commercial Diving Operations (USCG-1998-3786).........................................    1625-AA21
1291        Improvements to Maritime Safety in Puget Sound-Area Waters (USCG-1998-4501)...........    1625-AA22
1292        Cargo Securing on Vessels Operating in U.S. Waters (USCG-2000-7080)...................    1625-AA25
1293        Vessel and Facility Response Plans for Oil: 2003 Removal Equipment Requirements and       1625-AA26
            Alternative Technology Revisions (USCG-2001-8661).....................................
1294        Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) (USCG-2001-8826)..............    1625-AA29

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1295        Federal Requirements for Propeller Injury Avoidance Measures (USCG 2001-10163)........    1625-AA31
1296        Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters (USCG-   1625-AA32
            2001-10486)...........................................................................
1297        Drawbridge Operations Regulations; Revisions (USCG-2001-10881)........................    1625-AA36
1298        Notifications of Arrival and Departure in Ports or Places in the United States (USCG-     1625-AA41
            2001-11865)...........................................................................
1299        Protection for Whistleblowers in the Coast Guard (USCG-2002-13016)....................    1625-AA50
1300        Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River (USCG-1998-4399).......................    1625-AA58
1301        Rules of Practice, Procedure, and Evidence for Administrative Proceedings of the Coast    1625-AA59
            Guard (USCG 1998-3472)................................................................
1302        Escort Vessels for Certain Tankers--Crash Stop Criteria (USCG-2003-14734).............    1625-AA65
1303        Validation of Merchant Mariners' Vital Information and Issuance of Coast Guard            1625-AA81
            Merchant Mariner's Documents (MMDs) (USCG-2003-14500).................................
1304        Security Zone Regulations.............................................................    1625-AA87
1305        Dry Cargo Residue Discharges in the Great Lakes (USCG-2003-16814).....................    1625-AA89
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1306        Training and Qualifications for Personnel on Passenger Ships (USCG 1999-5610).........    1625-AA24
1307        Alternate Tonnage Convention: Small Passenger Vessels.................................    1625-AA37
1308        Penalties for Nonsubmission of Ballast Water Management Reports (USCG-2002-13147).....    1625-AA51
1309        Mandatory Ballast Water Management Program for U.S. Waters (USCG-2003-14273)..........    1625-AA52
1310        Country of Origin Codes and Revision of Regulations on Hull Identification Numbers        1625-AA53
            (USCG-2003-14272).....................................................................
1311        Alternate Hull Examination Program for Certain Passenger Vessels, and Underwater          1625-AA57
            Surveys for Passenger, Nautical School, and Sailing School Vessels (USCG-2000-6858)...
1312        Fire-Suppression Systems and Voyage Planning for Towing Vessels (USCG 2000-6931)......    1625-AA60
1313        Wearing of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) by Certain Children Aboard Recreational      1625-AA62
            Vessels (USCG-2000-8589)..............................................................
1314        Notification of Arrival in U.S. Ports; Certain Dangerous Cargoes; Electronic              1625-AA82
            Submission (USCG-2003-16688)..........................................................
1315        Safety Zone for Outer Continental Shelf Facility in the Gulf of Mexico (CGD 08-04-004)    1625-AA84
1316        Unauthorized Entry Into Cuban Territorial Waters (USCG-2004-17509)....................    1625-AA86
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                       Directorate of Border and Transportation Security--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1317        United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program (US-VISIT);       1650-AA00
            Auth. To Collect Biometric Data From Addit'l Travelers and Expansion to 50 Most Highly
            Trafficked Land Border Ports (Reg Plan Seq No. 74)....................................
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                          Bureau of Customs and Border Protection--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1318        Advance Notice Requirements for Aircraft Landings and Arrivals; Revisions to the          1651-AA41
            Private Aircraft Overflight Program...................................................
1319        Prior Disclosure and Lost Duty or Revenue Demands When Penalty Claim Not Issued.......    1651-AA42
1320        Cargo Information (Manifest) Discrepancy Reporting Requirements and Penalty Guidelines    1651-AA45
1321        Reinstatement of Transit Program......................................................    1651-AA50
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                            Bureau of Customs and Border Protection--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1322        Elimination of Immigration and Naturalization Service-Issued Mexican and Canadian         1651-AA08
            Border Crossing Cards.................................................................
1323        Extension of 25-Mile Limit at Select Arizona Ports-of-Entry...........................    1651-AA11
1324        Electronic Transmission of Passenger and Crew Manifests for Vessels and Aircraft......    1651-AA37
1325        Access to Customs Security Areas at Airports..........................................    1651-AA38
1326        Conditional Release Period and Customs Bond Obligations for Food, Drugs, Devices, and     1651-AA39
            Cosmetics.............................................................................
1327        Passenger Name Record Information Required for Passengers on Flights in Foreign Air       1651-AA40
            Transportation To or From the United States...........................................
1328        Confidentiality of Commercial Information.............................................    1651-AA47
1329        Publication of Administrative Forfeiture Notices......................................    1651-AA48
1330        Letters and Documents; Advance Electronic Presentation of Cargo Data..................    1651-AA55
1331        Remittance of Immigration User Fee....................................................    1651-AA57
1332        Changes to the Administrative Process for Petitions for Relief Regarding Seizures and     1651-AA58
            Forfeitures Resulting From Violations of Immigration and Naturalization Laws..........
1333        Extension of Time Limit on Admission of Certain Mexican Nationals.....................    1651-AA60
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                           Bureau of Customs and Border Protection--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1334        Visa Waiver Program...................................................................    1651-AA00
1335        Inspection and Expedited Removal of Aliens; Detention and Removal of Aliens; Conduct      1651-AA04
            of Removal Proceedings................................................................
1336        Establishment of Preinspected Automated Lane (PAL) Program............................    1651-AA06
1337        Amendment of the Regulatory Definition of Arriving Alien..............................    1651-AA07
1338        Removal of Visa and Passport Waiver for Certain Permanent Residents of Canada and         1651-AA23
            Bermuda...............................................................................
1339        Nonimmigrant Visa Exemption for Nationals of the British Virgin Islands Entering the      1651-AA29
            United States Through St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.................................
1340        Procedures Governing the Border Release Advanced Screening and Selectivity (BRASS)        1651-AA35
            Program...............................................................................
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                           Bureau of Customs and Border Protection--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1341        Fees for Participation in Dedicated Commuter Lanes at Selected Ports of Entry;            1651-AA01
            Collection of Fees Under the Dedicated Commuter Lane Program..........................
1342        Establishing Criteria for Determining Countries Whose Citizens Are Ineligible for the     1651-AA02
            Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Program...................................................
1343        Suspension of Privilege To Transport Aliens to the United States......................    1651-AA05
1344        Documentary Requirements for Returning Residents......................................    1651-AA09
1345        Contracts With Transportation Lines...................................................    1651-AA10
1346        Imposition of Fines for Violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act.............    1651-AA12
1347        Expansion of Dedicated Commuter Lanes; Clarification of Driver's License Requirement      1651-AA13
            for Applicants to Dedicated Commuter Lanes and Automated Permit Port Programs.........
1348        Update of List of Countries Whose Citizens or Nationals Are Ineligible for Transit        1651-AA14
            Without Visa (TWOV) Privileges to the United States Under the TWOV Program............
1349        Adding Colombia to the List of Countries Whose Citizens or Nationals Are Ineligible       1651-AA15
            for Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Privileges to the United States Under the TWOV Program
1350        Adjustment of Fees for Dedicated Commuter Lanes and Secure Electronic Network for         1651-AA16
            Travelers' Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) Programs at Land Border Ports of Entry...........
1351        Visa Waiver Program: Guam Visa Waiver Program.........................................    1651-AA17
1352        Removing Russia From the List of Countries Whose Citizens or Nationals Are Ineligible     1651-AA18
            for Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Privileges to the United States Under the TWOV Program
1353        Posting of Security Guard at Gangway of Vessel for Detaining Alien Crewman............    1651-AA24
1354        Removing Indonesia and Malaysia from the Guam Visa Waiver Program.....................    1651-AA26
1355        Automated Inspection Services--Extension of Enrollment Period.........................    1651-AA27
1356        Designated Land Border Crossing Locations for Certain Conveyances.....................    1651-AA32

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1357        Examination of In-Transit Mail Shipments..............................................    1651-AA34
1358        Patent Surveys........................................................................    1651-AA36
1359        Customs Broker License Examination Dates..............................................    1651-AA46
1360        Implementation of the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology     1651-AA54
            Program (US-VISIT): Biometric Enrollment Requirements.................................
1361        Overtime Compensation and Premium Pay for Customs Officers............................    1651-AA59
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                           Transportation Security Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1362        Background Checks for Airport Workers.................................................    1652-AA06
1363        Air Cargo Security Requirements.......................................................    1652-AA23
1364        Maritime and Land Security Directives and Information Circulars.......................    1652-AA26
1365        Maritime Transportation Security Act: Background Checks for Maritime Workers..........    1652-AA27
1366        Fees for Security Threat Assessments for Hazmat Drivers...............................    1652-AA33
1367        Privacy Act of 1974: Implementation of Exemptions; Transportation Security                1652-AA34
            Intelligence Service (TSIS) Operations Files..........................................
1368        Sensitive Security Information (SSI) for Land Modes...................................    1652-AA37
1369        Aircraft Repair Station Security......................................................    1652-AA38
1370        Enhanced Security Procedures for Operations at Certain Airports in the Washington, DC     1652-AA39
            Metropolitan Area Flight Restricted Zone..............................................
1371        Foreign Air Carrier Security..........................................................    1652-AA40
1372        Transportation Worker Identification Credential.......................................    1652-AA41
1373        Modification of the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee..............................    1652-AA43
1374        Threat Assessments Regarding Holders of and Applicants for FAA Certificates...........    1652-AA44
1375        Secure Flight Program.................................................................    1652-AA45
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                            Transportation Security Administration--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1376        Imposition and Collection of Passenger Civil Aviation Security Service Fees...........    1652-AA00
1377        Aviation Security Infrastructure Fees.................................................    1652-AA01
1378        Private Charter Security Rules........................................................    1652-AA04
1379        Protection of Sensitive Security Information..........................................    1652-AA08
1380        Security Threat Assessment for Individuals Applying for a Hazardous Materials             1652-AA17
            Endorsement for a Commercial Drivers License..........................................
1381        Flight Training for Aliens and Other Designated Individuals; Security Awareness           1652-AA35
            Training for Flight School Employees..................................................
1382        Privacy Act of 1974: Implementation of Exemptions; Registered Traveler Operations         1652-AA36
            Files.................................................................................
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                            Transportation Security Administration--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1383        Civil Aviation Security Rules.........................................................    1652-AA02
1384        Security Programs for Aircraft Weighing 12,500 Pounds or More.........................    1652-AA03
1385        Security Compliance Program for Aircraft Operators....................................    1652-AA09
1386        Security Compliance Program for Airports..............................................    1652-AA10
1387        Criminal History Records Checks.......................................................    1652-AA11
1388        Transportation of Explosives From Canada to the United States Via Commercial Motor        1652-AA16
            Vehicle and Railroad Carrier..........................................................

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1389        Marine Vessel Security Standards--Prohibited Items....................................    1652-AA22
1390        Federal Flight Deck Officer Program...................................................    1652-AA24
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                            Transportation Security Administration--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1391        Privacy Act of 1974: Implementation of Exemption......................................    1652-AA28
1392        CAPPS II--Access to Passenger Reservation Information.................................    1652-AA32
1393        Privacy Act of 1974: Implementation of Exemptions for Passenger and Aviation Security     1652-AA42
            Screening Records.....................................................................
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                          Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1394        Establishing Procedures for Recertification of Schools Approved by the Student and        1653-AA42
            Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to Enroll F or M Nonimmigrant Students (Reg Plan Seq
            No. 75)...............................................................................
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References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                       Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1395        Nonimmigrant Classes; S Classification; Law Enforcement Initiatives; Alien Witnesses..    1653-AA00
1396        Use of Parole for Humanitarian Reasons or Significant Public Benefit..................    1653-AA04
1397        Procedures for Detainee Hunger Strikes................................................    1653-AA12
1398        Interest Payments on Cancelled Cash Bonds.............................................    1653-AA20
1399        Powers and Authorities of Officers and Employees......................................    1653-AA27
1400        Denial and Revocation for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Students..    1653-AA33
1401        Removal of Companies Holding a Certificate From the Secretary of the Treasury as an       1653-AA38
            Acceptable Surety on Immigration Bonds................................................
1402        Requirements for Admission, Extension, and Maintenance of Nonimmigrant Status; Effect     1653-AA40
            of Visa Revocation....................................................................
1403        Transfer of Flight Training Programs Under the Department of State Oversight to the       1653-AA43
            Department of Homeland Security.......................................................
1404        Strengthening Controls Over Immigration Surety Bonds..................................    1653-AA45
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                         Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1405        Agreement Promising Nondeportation or Other Immigration Benefits......................    1653-AA02
1406        Requiring Aliens Ordered Removed From the United States To Surrender to the Department    1653-AA05
            of Homeland Security for Removal......................................................
1407        Early Release for Removal of Criminal Aliens in State Custody for Nonviolent Offenses.    1653-AA06
1408        Power of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security To Terminate Deportation        1653-AA08
            Proceedings and Initiate Removal Proceedings..........................................
1409        Protection and Assistance for Victims of Trafficking..................................    1653-AA09
1410        Increasing the Number of Officers Authorized To Issue Notices To Appear and Arrest        1653-AA10
            Warrants for Immigration Violations...................................................
1411        Detention of Aliens Subject to Final Orders of Removal................................    1653-AA13
1412        Custody Procedures....................................................................    1653-AA14

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1413        Address Notification To Be Filed With Designated Applications.........................    1653-AA15
1414        Abbreviation or Waiver of Training for State or Local Law Enforcement Officers            1653-AA18
            Authorized To Enforce Immigration Law During a Mass Influx of Aliens..................
1415        Authorizing Collection of Fee Levied on F, J, and M Nonimmigrant Classifications Under    1653-AA23
            Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) (Section 610
            Review)...............................................................................
1416        Revision of the Regulations Concerning F, J, and M Nonimmigrant Classifications.......    1653-AA24
1417        SEVIS Reporting Requirements of Academic Institutions at the Start of Each Term or        1653-AA28
            Session...............................................................................
1418        Changes in Registration Policies and Monitoring of Certain Nonimmigrants..............    1653-AA29
1419        Extending the Period of Duration of Status for Certain F and J Nonimmigrant Aliens....    1653-AA30
1420        Requiring Certification of All Service-Approved Schools for Enrollment in the Student     1653-AA31
            and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).......................................
1421        Reduced Course Load for Certain F and M Nonimmigrant Students at Border Communities...    1653-AA32
1422        Authorizing Suspension of Employment Authorization Requirements on the Basis of Severe    1653-AA34
            Economic Hardship for F-1 Students and Emergent Circumstances.........................
1423        Countries To Which Aliens May Be Removed..............................................    1653-AA35
1424        Change in Business Practices; Acceptance of Payments of Fees By Credit Card and Other     1653-AA36
            Electronic Means Where Possible.......................................................
1425        Implementation of the Border Commuter Student Act of 2002.............................    1653-AA37
1426        Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment.........................................    1653-AA39
1427        Execution of Removal Orders; Countries to Which Aliens May Be Removed.................    1653-AA41
1428        Establish Compliance Criteria and Comprehensive Fee for Recertification of Schools        1653-AA44
            Approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) To Enroll F or M
            Nonimmigrant Students.................................................................
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                        Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1429        Employer Sanctions Modifications......................................................    1653-AA01
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                     Directorate of Emergency Preparedness and Response--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1430        National Flood Insurance Program; Standard Flood Insurance Policy; Expansion of           1660-AA30
            Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Coverage and Prospective Payment of Flood Insurance
            Premiums..............................................................................
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                      Directorate of Emergency Preparedness and Response--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1431        Hazard Mitigation Planning and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program........................    1660-AA17
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                      Directorate of Emergency Preparedness and Response--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1432        Flood Mitigation Assistance Program...................................................    1660-AA00
1433        Criminal and Civil Penalties Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and             1660-AA01
            Emergency Assistance Act..............................................................
1434        Disaster Assistance; Hazard Mitigation Grant Program..................................    1660-AA02
1435        Debt Collection.......................................................................    1660-AA05
1436        National Urban Search and Rescue Response System......................................    1660-AA07

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1437        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Insurance Coverage and Rates.................    1660-AA09
1438        Disaster Assistance; Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households.................    1660-AA18
1439        Management Costs......................................................................    1660-AA21
1440        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Group Flood Insurance Policy (GFIP)..........    1660-AA22
1441        Disaster Assistance; Crisis Counseling Regular Program; Amendment to Regulation.......    1660-AA23
1442        Disaster Assistance; Fire Management Assistance Grant Program.........................    1660-AA26
1443        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Assistance to Private Sector Property            1660-AA28
            Insurers..............................................................................
1444        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Assistance to Private Sector Property            1660-AA29
            Insurers; Extension of Term of Arrangement............................................
1445        Disaster Assistance; Public Assistance Insurance Requirements.........................    1660-AA32
1446        Estimating Eligible Cost..............................................................    1660-AA33
1447        Assistance Program Under the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001............................    1660-AA34
1448        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); State Renewal of Group Flood Insurance Policy    1660-AA35
1449        Pilot Program for the Mitigation of Severe Repetitive Loss Properties.................    1660-AA36
1450        Flood Mitigation Assistance Program...................................................    1660-AA37
1451        Grants for Repetitive Insurance Claim Properties......................................    1660-AA38
1452        Disaster Assistance; Hazard Mitigation Grant Program..................................    1660-AA39
1453        Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program.......................................................    1660-AA40
1454        National Flood Insurance Program; Appeal of Decisions Relating to Flood Insurance         1660-AA41
            Coverage..............................................................................
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                      Directorate of Emergency Preparedness and Response--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1455        Disaster Assistance Definitions; Statutory Change.....................................    1660-AA19
1456        Program Fraud Civil Remedies..........................................................    1660-AA31
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_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Office of the Secretary (OS)
_______________________________________________________________________

1143. SUPPLEMENTAL STANDARDS OF CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT 
OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Priority: Info./Admin./Other. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 5 CFR 2625.105

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation will tailor the Executive Branchwide 
Standards of Conduct for application in DHS. This regulation will 
replace the existing regulations of agencies that were incorporated 
into DHS that have continued to apply to those employees whose duties 
and organizational structure have remained largely unchanged after 
their incorporation. Two significant areas to be addressed are outside 
employment and participation as an officer or director of non-
Governmental organizations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Robert E. Coyle, (Acting) Legal Advisor for Ethics, 
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4248
Fax: 202 772-9728

RIN: 1601-AA17
_______________________________________________________________________

1144. UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE 
AGREEMENTS; ADMINISTRATION OF GRANTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH INSTITUTIONS OF 
HIGHER ED., HOSPITALS, AND OTHER NONPROFIT ORGS.

Priority: Info./Admin./Other. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 31 USC 503; 31 USC 1111; 41 USC 405; Reorganization 
Plan No. 2 of 1970; EO 11541

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is issuing 
regulations that will establish uniform administrative procedures for 
Federal grants and cooperative agreements and subawards to State, 
local, and Indian tribal governments and for Federal

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grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals 
and other nonprofit organizations. DHS is also issuing regulations 
setting for audit requirements of State and local governments and 
nonprofit organizations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Local, State

Agency Contact: Van Pace, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of 
Homeland Security, Under Secretary for Management, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 205-3608
Email: van.pace@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA18
_______________________________________________________________________

1145.  HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION SHARING

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 68 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1601-AA25
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Office of the Secretary (OS)
_______________________________________________________________________

1146. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND PRIVACY ACT PROCEDURES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 5 USC 552; 5 USC 
552(a)

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 5.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes procedures for the Department of 
Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary, necessary to implement the 
Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (5 
U.S.C. 552a) (Privacy Act). The provisions of this subpart shall apply 
to each component of the Department. The FOIA provides for the full 
disclosure of agency records and information to the public unless that 
information is exempt under clearly delineated statutory language. The 
Privacy Act serves to safeguard public interest in informational 
privacy by delineating the duties and responsibilities of Federal 
agencies that collect, store, and disseminate personal information 
about individuals. The procedures established here ensure that the 
Department fully satisfies its responsibility to the public to disclose 
departmental information while simultaneously safeguarding individual 
privacy. The Privacy Act serves to balance the Government's need to 
maintain information about individuals with the rights of individuals 
to be protected against unwarranted invasions of their privacy stemming 
from Federal agencies' collection, maintenance, use, and disclosure of 
personal information about them. Agencies are required to issue 
regulations outlining the agency's rules and procedures for 
implementation of the Privacy Act and its provisions in the agency. 
This includes procedures on how individuals may request access to 
information about themselves, request amendment or correction of those 
records, and request an accounting of disclosures of their records by 
the Department.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/27/03                     68 FR 4056
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/28/03
Final Action                    12/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Elizabeth Withnell, Chief Counsel to the Privacy 
Officer, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary, 
Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 772-5015
Fax: 202 772-5036
Email: elizabeth.withnell@dhs.gov

Tony Kendrick, Director, Departmental Disclosure, Department of 
Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 772-9848
Email: tony.kendrick@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA00
_______________________________________________________________________

1147. PRODUCTION OR DISCLOSURE OF OFFICIAL INFORMATION IN CONNECTION 
WITH LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 5 USC 552; 5 USC 
552(a)

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 5.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes procedures governing the disclosure 
of information in connection with litigation and certain other types of 
proceedings.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/27/03                     68 FR 4070
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/28/03
Modification of Interim Final 
Rule                            02/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Cathy Mitrano, Deputy Associate General Counsel, 
General Law, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General 
Counsel, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4247
Fax: 202 772-9728
Email: catherine.mitrano@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA01
_______________________________________________________________________

1148. CLASSIFIED NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; EO 12958; EO 
13142; 3 CFR ch 1

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 7.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule will implement Executive Order 12958, 
``Classified National Security Information,'' as amended, by 
establishing elements of the Department of Homeland Security's 
classified national security information regulations, specifically the 
Secretary of

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Homeland Security's designation of a Senior Agency Official to direct 
and administer the classified information program at the Department of 
Homeland Security.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/27/03                     68 FR 4073
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/28/03
Final Action                    03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: John J. Young, Department of Homeland Security, Office 
of the Secretary, Office of Security, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 358-1438
Fax: 202 772-9741
Email: john.young@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA02
_______________________________________________________________________

1149. ENFORCEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY IN 
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 29 USC 794

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 15.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule establishes for the Department of 
Homeland Security the necessary procedures for the enforcement of 
section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, which 
prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap, as it applies to 
programs or activities conducted by the Department. It sets forth 
standards for what constitutes discrimination on the basis of mental or 
physical handicap, provides a definition for individual with handicaps 
and qualified individual with handicaps, and establishes a complaint 
mechanism for resolving allegations of discrimination. Although this is 
a policy rule, the Department will examine any impact upon individuals 
that this policy may create.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10886
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Tim Keefer, Department of Homeland Security, Civil 
Rights and Civil Liberties, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 205-4529
Fax: 202 772-9738
Email: timothy.keefer@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

1150. NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS OR 
ACTIVITIES RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 20 USC 1681 to 
1683; 20 USC 1685 to 1688

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 17.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes for the Department of Homeland 
Security the necessary procedures for effectuating title IX of the 
Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (except sections 904 and 906 
of those Amendments), which is designed to eliminate (with certain 
exceptions) discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program 
or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, whether or not such 
program or activity is offered or sponsored by an educational 
institution as defined in these title IX regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10892
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Tim Keefer, Department of Homeland Security, Civil 
Rights and Civil Liberties, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 205-4529
Fax: 202 772-9738
Email: timothy.keefer@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA04
_______________________________________________________________________

1151. REGULATIONS REGARDING NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, 
COLOR, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN IN PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES RECEIVING FEDERAL 
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 310; 42 USC 2000d to 
2000d-7

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 21.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action effectuates the provisions of title VI of the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the end that no person in the United States 
shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded 
from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise 
subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving 
Federal financial assistance from the Department of Homeland Security.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10904
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Tim Keefer, Department of Homeland Security, Civil 
Rights and Civil Liberties, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 205-4529
Fax: 202 772-9738
Email: timothy.keefer@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA05
_______________________________________________________________________

1152. AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; 
DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY; IMMIGRATION LAWS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 8 USC 1101; 8 
USC 1103

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 1.1; 8 CFR 2.1; 8 CFR 103.1; 8 CFR 239.1

Legal Deadline: None

[[Page 73199]]

Abstract: This action amends certain regulations relating to the 
administration and enforcement of the immigration laws to reflect the 
authority of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS), and to address delegation of that authority within the 
Department, as a result of the March 1, 2003, transfer of the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice to 
DHS.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10922
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Daniel Brown, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4239
Fax: 202 772-9731
Email: daniel.brown@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA06
_______________________________________________________________________

1153. GOVERNMENTWIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION (NONPROCUREMENT) AND 
GOVERNMENTWIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; PL 100-690; 41 
USC 701

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 27.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes new procedures under Executive Order 
12549, signed February 18, 1986, and Executive Order 12689, signed 
August 16, 1989. This regulation is similar to rules of other Federal 
agencies as part of a uniform system of nonprocurement debarment and 
suspension. The rules are intended to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, 
in Federal nonprocurement transactions.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    01/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Cathy Mitrano, Deputy Associate General Counsel, 
General Law, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General 
Counsel, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4247
Fax: 202 772-9728
Email: catherine.mitrano@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA10
_______________________________________________________________________

1154. PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 31 USC 3801 to 
3812

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 19.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action implements the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act 
of 1986, which is codified at 31 U.S.C. 3801-3812. This Act imposes 
through administrative adjudication, civil penalties, and assessments 
against certain persons making false claims or statements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Cathy Mitrano, Deputy Associate General Counsel, 
General Law, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General 
Counsel, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4247
Fax: 202 772-9728
Email: catherine.mitrano@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA11
_______________________________________________________________________

1155. REGULATIONS IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS UPON LOBBYING

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 31 USC 1352, PL 
101-121

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 9.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule establishes those procedures 
necessary to fulfill departmental obligations to impose restrictions 
upon lobbying. Except to the extent a Department component has adopted 
separate guidance under 31 U.S.C. 1352, the provisions of this subpart 
shall apply to each component of the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS).
This regulation establishes procedures concerning general prohibitions 
on lobbying, and the use of certain appropriated funds, and the 
appropriate penalties for violations of those prohibitions. The purpose 
of the procedures is to ensure that neither the recipients of 
appropriated funds nor the employees of DHS inappropriately solicit for 
action by the Congress.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10912
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Hugo Teufel, Department of Homeland Security, 
Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4240

RIN: 1601-AA12
_______________________________________________________________________

1156. NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT PROCEDURES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296; 5 USC 301; 42 USC 4321 et seq; 40 CFR 1500 
to 1508; EO 12114; EO 12898

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, August 1, 2003.

Abstract: The purpose of this action is to establish the procedures 
that the Department of Homeland Security shall use to comply with 
section 102(2) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 
as amended (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)); the Council on Environmental Quality's 
(CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA 
(40 CFR parts 1500-1508); Executive Order 12114, ``Environmental 
Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions,'' dated January 4, 1979; and 
Executive Order 12898, ``Federal Actions to Address Environmental 
Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations,`` dated 
February 11, 1994. This publication is to be used in conjunction with 
the CEQ regulations.

[[Page 73200]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Case Opened                     06/01/04
Comment Period End              07/01/04                    69 FR 33043
Final Action                    02/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: David Reese, Director, Office of Safety and 
Environment, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4224
Email: david.reese@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA13
_______________________________________________________________________

1157. PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INFORMATION

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 69 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1601-AA14
_______________________________________________________________________

1158. REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING THE SUPPORT ANTITERRORISM BY FOSTERING 
EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACT OF 2002 (THE SAFETY ACT)

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 70 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1601-AA15
_______________________________________________________________________

1159. HOMELAND SECURITY ACQUISITION REGULATION (HSAR)

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 41 USC 418b(a); 41 USC 418(b)

CFR Citation: 48 CFR ch 30

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule revises the Homeland Security Acquisition 
Regulation published in the December 4, 2003, Federal Register (69 FR 
67868) as an interim rule. It addresses public comments received as a 
result of the December 4, 2003, interim rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/04/03                    68 FR 67868
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      01/05/04
Final Action                    03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Kathy Strouss, Department of Homeland Security, Office 
of the Chief of Procurement, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 205-0141

RIN: 1601-AA16
_______________________________________________________________________

1160. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 
SYSTEM

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 71 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1601-AA21
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Office of the Secretary (OS)
_______________________________________________________________________

1161.  PROCEDURES RELATING TO AWARDS UNDER THE EQUAL 
ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 5 USC 504(c)(1)

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 13.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action implements the provisions of the Equal Access to 
Justice Act, which provides for the award of attorney fees and other 
expenses to eligible individuals, and entities who are parties to 
certain administrative proceedings before agencies of the Federal 
Government, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The 
purpose of these rules is to establish procedures for the submission 
and consideration of applications for awards before DHS.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Cathy Mitrano, Deputy Associate General Counsel, 
General Law, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General 
Counsel, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4247
Fax: 202 772-9728
Email: catherine.mitrano@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA22
_______________________________________________________________________

1162.  COLLECTION OF NONTAX DEBTS OWED TO THE 
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: PL 107-296; 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 5 USC 5514; 26 
USC 6402; 31 USC 3701; 31 USC 3711; 31 USC 3716 to 3718; 31 USC 3720A; 
31 USC 3720B; 31 USC 3720D; . . .

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 23.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule implements the Department of Homeland Security's 
(DHS) debt collection regulations to conform to the Debt Collection Act 
of 1982, Public Law 97-365, 96 Stat. 1749 (October 25, 1982), as 
amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA), Public 
Law 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321, 1358 (April 26, 1996), the Federal Claims 
Collection Standards, 31 CFR chapter IX (parts 900 through 904), and 
other laws applicable to the collection of nontax debts owed to DHS 
entities.
DHS adopts the Governmentwide debt collection standards promulgated by 
the Departments of the Treasury and Justice, known as the Federal 
Claims Collection Standards (FCCS), as revised on November 22, 2000 (65 
FR 70390), and supplements the FCCS by prescribing procedures 
consistent with the FCCS, as necessary and appropriate for DHS 
operations. DHS entities may, but are not required to, promulgate 
additional policies and procedures consistent with this regulation, the 
FCCS, and other applicable Federal laws, policies, and procedures. This 
regulation also provides the procedures for the collection of debts 
owed to other Federal agencies when a request for offset is received by 
DHS.

[[Page 73201]]

This regulation does not apply to the collection of tax debts, which is 
governed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. et seq.), and 
regulations, policies, and procedures issued by the Internal Revenue 
Service or other Federal agency collecting tax debts.
Nothing in this regulation precludes the use of collection remedies not 
contained in this regulation. For example, DHS entities may collect 
unused travel advances through setoff of an employee's pay under 5 
U.S.C. 5705. DHS entities and other Federal agencies may simultaneously 
use multiple collection remedies to collect a debt, except as 
prohibited by law.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Cathy Mitrano, Deputy Associate General Counsel, 
General Law, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General 
Counsel, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4247
Fax: 202 772-9728
Email: catherine.mitrano@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA23
_______________________________________________________________________

1163.  RIGHT TO FINANCIAL PRIVACY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: PL 107-296; 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 3012; 12 USC 3401 et 
seq, Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978; . . .

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 25.1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation establishes procedures for requesting 
information under the Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978 (12 U.S.C. 
3401 et seq.). The Act provides for the protection of financial records 
and information from disclosure by financial institutions. Under 
certain limited circumstances and procedures, the Act permits law 
enforcement agencies to request financial records from the holding 
financial institution. These proposed provisions will authorize 
Departmental units to request such information under the format request 
procedure established by section 1108 of the Act.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Cathy Mitrano, Deputy Associate General Counsel, 
General Law, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General 
Counsel, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 692-4247
Fax: 202 772-9728
Email: catherine.mitrano@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA24
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

1164. REVISED GROUNDS OF INADMISSIBILITY; EXCEPTIONS AND WAIVERS FOR 
IMMIGRANTS AND NONIMMIGRANTS

Priority: Other Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1158 to 1160; 8 USC 1182 to 1184; 5 
USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 
USC 1154; 8 USC 1157

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 207; 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 210; 8 CFR 212; 8 
CFR 240; 8 CFR 241; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 245a; 8 CFR 249; 8 CFR 274a; 8 CFR 
299; . . .

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking covers several grounds of inadmissibility 
applicable to those aliens seeking admission to the United States 
temporarily or permanently--criminal, security, labor certification, 
licensure requirements for foreign medical graduates and health care 
workers, failure to attend a removal proceeding, fraud, improperly 
issued immigrant visa, permanent ineligibility for U.S. citizenship, 
and miscellaneous grounds. It implements several pieces of legislation. 
The most significant is the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), signed on September 30, 1996, 
which substantially revised most grounds of inadmissibility under 
section 212 of the Act and the waivers available to both immigrants and 
nonimmigrants.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: CIS No. 1413-92
Transferred from RIN 1115-AB45

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, (ULLICO), Office of Program and Regulations 
Development, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA00
_______________________________________________________________________

1165. INTERNATIONAL MATCHMAKING ORGANIZATIONS (SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1375; PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 207; 28 CFR 68

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule requires international matchmaking organizations 
doing business in the United States to provide certain immigration 
information to any person recruited for matchmaking through these 
entities. This provision implements section 652 of the Illegal 
Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, Public Law 
104-208.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM (CIS No. 1838-97)         07/16/97                    62 FR 38041
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/15/97

[[Page 73202]]

NPRM (CIS No. 1838-97)          04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 1838-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE77

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA11
_______________________________________________________________________

1166. SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE PETITIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department proposes to amend its regulations to add 
eligibility and consent requirements for approvals of special immigrant 
juvenile petitions, Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or 
Special Immigrant. The proposed rule would require petitioners for 
special immigrant juvenile classification to demonstrate that a 
dependency order relating to the juvenile beneficiary (juvenile) was 
granted on account of abuse, neglect, or abandonment and establish that 
a court has determined that the juvenile should not be returned to the 
home country. The proposed rule would also provide that a dependency 
order may not serve as a precondition to the approval of the petition 
unless the Secretary gives his express consent. These changes are 
necessary to conform the regulations to the statutory eligibility 
changes made by the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the 
Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1998.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 1948-98
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF11

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA15
_______________________________________________________________________

1167. IMMIGRANT AND NONIMMIGRANT; RELIGIOUS WORKERS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On June 8, 1995, at 60 FR 29751, the Department published a 
final rule that provided that all persons, other than ministers, 
immigrating to the U.S. as religious workers must immigrate or adjust 
status to permanent residence before October 1, 1997. By statute this 
special immigrant category for religious workers expired on October 1, 
2000. Congress extended the category again for an additional three 
years, until October 1, 2003. This regulation will implement the 
extension of this category and modify qualifying employment experience 
requirements for those persons affected by this provision of 
immigration regulations. In order to maintain consistency in the 
adjudication of nonimmigrant and special immigrant religious worker 
classifications, the nonimmigrant religious workers classification 
will, where appropriate, reflect the special immigration religious 
worker changes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM (CIS No. 1436-94)          01/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 1436-94
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF12

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Chief, Business and Trade Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Office of Program and Regulations Development, (ULLICO) 3rd 
Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA16
_______________________________________________________________________

1168. DISMISSAL OF ASYLUM APPLICATION FOR UNEXCUSED FAILURE TO APPEAR 
AND AFFECT ON ELIGIBILITY FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1282; 8 CFR 2; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1329a

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On December 6, 2000, a final rule was published to implement 
the asylum provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). This rule proposes to amend the 
current rule to clarify that dismissal of an asylum application will 
result in ineligibility for asylum-based employment authorization.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2011-99

[[Page 73203]]

Transferred from RIN 1115-AF38

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Deputy Director, Asylum Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, 3rd Floor, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1663

RIN: 1615-AA18
_______________________________________________________________________

1169. SPECIAL IMMIGRANT STATUS FOR CERTAIN NATO CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 274

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations by establishing 
procedures for certain North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 
civilian employees and their family members to receive special 
immigrant status in the United States and become lawful permanent 
residents of this country. This rule also offers nonimmigrant status to 
any parent or child of a NATO civilian employee who has been granted 
special immigrant status. This rule is intended to ensure the 
qualifying NATO employees and their family members are aware of their 
opportunity to acquire special immigrant status and adjustment of 
status or otherwise obtain corresponding nonimmigrant status.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 1984-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF44

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Chief, Business and Trade Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Office of Program and Regulations Development, (ULLICO) 3rd 
Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA21
_______________________________________________________________________

1170. INADMISSIBILITY TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES FOR FORMER U.S. 
CITIZENS WHO RENOUNCED CITIZENSHIP TO AVOID TAXATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1182(a)(10); PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations by establishing 
procedures to be followed by DHS personnel and Department of State 
personnel in determining whether or not an expatriate alien is 
inadmissible to the United States under section 212(a)(10)(E) of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act. This ground of inadmissibility relates 
to former U.S. citizens who renounced U.S. citizenship on or after 
September 30, 1996, and the Secretary has determined that such 
renunciation was done for the purpose of avoiding taxation by the 
United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         02/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2039-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF69

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA32
_______________________________________________________________________

1171. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NUMERICAL LIMIT ON ASYLUM GRANTS AND REFUGEE 
ADMISSIONS BASED ON RESISTANCE TO COERCIVE POPULATION CONTROL MEASURES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1157; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 
1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1282; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 601(b) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) provides that, for any 
fiscal year, not more than a total of 1,000 refugees may be admitted or 
granted asylum based solely on resistance to coercive population 
control measures. This rule authorizes the Department of Homeland 
Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review to make 
conditional grants of asylum in those cases in which an applicant is 
found to merit asylum solely on the basis of resistance to coercive 
population control measures and establishes a mechanism for converting 
no more than 1,000 conditional grants per fiscal year to final asylum 
grants. The rule also establishes procedures for administering a 
waiting list in those years that the number of conditional grants 
exceeds the statutory limit for final grants, reserves a certain number 
of authorization numbers for purposes of refugee admission, and 
addresses procedures for administering derivative conditional grants, 
terminating conditional grants, and other procedures specific to this 
rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2067-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF84

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Deputy Director, Asylum Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration

[[Page 73204]]

Services, 3rd Floor, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1663

RIN: 1615-AA37
_______________________________________________________________________

1172. INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1641; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department proposes to amend its regulations regarding 
the immigration of children of foreign states adopted by United States 
citizens. The proposed rule would establish a new definition of child 
to include children adopted from countries that have implemented the 
Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect 
of Intercountry Adoption. The proposed rule would also change 
evidentiary requirements for the immigration of adopted children to 
state that a certificate of adoption or custody issued by the Secretary 
of State of the United States is conclusive evidence of the 
relationship between an adoptive parent and the adoptive child. These 
changes are necessary to conform the regulations to the Intercountry 
Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA) (Pub. L. 106-279). The proposed rule would 
also make other technical changes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2098-00.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF96

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA43
_______________________________________________________________________

1173. WAIVER OF FEES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1201; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1252(b); 8 USC 1252(note); 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 
1356

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 244

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend Department regulations concerning 
the adjudication of requests for fee waivers filed by applicants for 
DHS benefits pursuant to 8 CFR 103.7(c). This applies to a waiver of 
fees by an immigration judge for benefit applications, petitions, 
appeals, motions, or requests in any case when an alien substantiates 
that he or she cannot pay the fee. When implemented, this rule will 
facilitate the adjudication of these requests. This rule also proposes 
to amend 8 CFR 244.20, which is a waiver of fees for Temporary 
Protected Status (TPS) applicants, for the same reasons as stated in 8 
CFR 103.7(c). The rule will also be implemented in conjunction with the 
new Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver Form.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2091-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG02

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Chief, Business and Trade Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Office of Program and Regulations Development, (ULLICO) 3rd 
Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA48
_______________________________________________________________________

1174. ADOPTION OF SIBLINGS; ADOPTED ALIEN CHILDREN LESS THAN 18 YEARS OF 
AGE CONSIDERED A ``CHILD''

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 106-139; 8 USC 1103; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule changes the definition of an adopted 
``child'' or ``orphan'' from 16 years old to 18 years old in cases 
where the alien has a younger sibling, under the age of 16, who is also 
the subject of an orphan petition held by the same U.S. citizen or 
lawful permanent resident. The change is necessary to conform the 
regulations to the statutory eligibility changes made by Public Law 
106-139. This change allows natural siblings, who might otherwise be 
separated, to be adopted together into the family of a citizen or 
lawful permanent resident of the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2110-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG04

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA50
_______________________________________________________________________

1175. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS UNDER SECTION 245(K)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 105-119

CFR Citation: 9 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes amending Department regulations for 
persons

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using section 245(k) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to adjust 
status to that of lawful permanent resident (LPR). Section 245(k) of 
the Act allows an alien with an approved employment-based petition to 
adjust status to LPR despite violations of status if those violations 
have lasted no longer than 180 days since the alien's last entry. This 
rule proposes eligibility criteria and adjustment procedures for 
persons wishing to use this section of the Act to become an LPR without 
leaving the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2120-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG10

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA54
_______________________________________________________________________

1176. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS AND WORKFORCE 
IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1998 (ACWIA), THE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS IN THE 
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ACT OF 2000 (AC21), AND OTHER RELATED BILLS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1255; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 202; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245; . 
. .

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act, Public 
Law 106-313, was enacted on October 17, 2000, along with two bills, the 
Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act, Public Law 106-311, and a bill to 
increase the fee for certain H-1B petitions. An earlier piece of 
legislation, the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act 
(ACWIA), Public Law 105-277, was enacted to place certain conditions on 
the employment of H-1B workers. Together, these bills make significant 
changes to the H-1B classification. Public Law 106-313 increased the 
numerical H-1B cap to 195,000 for fiscal year 2000-2002 and the 
percentage of the fees that DHS receives to 4 percent. It exempts 
certain aliens from the numerical cap, provides for the ``portability'' 
of employment authorization, and in certain circumstances extensions of 
stay for certain aliens who have permanent residence applications 
pending. Public Law 105-277 imposes penalties for employers violating 
certain representations and prohibits retaliation against H-1B workers 
who disclose these violations. Finally, on November 2, 2002, the 
President approved enactment of Public Law 107-273, The Twenty First 
Century Department of Justice Appropriations Act (21st Century DOJ 
Appropriations Act), which codified a provision that amends section 
106(a) of AC21. This regulation clarifies several interpretive 
questions raised by the bills and ensures that the Department practice 
is consistent with these laws.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: DHS rule 1615-AG11 implemented the American 
Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA); it was the 
result of a prior rule that was overtaken by new legislation relating 
to H-1B classification. ACWIA increased the numerical cap on H-1B 
nonimmigrant aliens; required certain dependent employers to make 
additional attestations to the Department of Labor (DOL); increased the 
penalties for employers who have been found to be in violation of DOL's 
rules; and created a ``whistleblower'' clause to protect H-1B workers 
who filed complaints against their employer.
In 1190-AA48, the Civil Rights Division, in cooperation with DOL, will 
implement in the Justice Department's regulations the ACWIA ``failure 
to select'' protections--codified in the Immigration and Nationality 
Act at section 212(n)(5)--by establishing a process under which U.S. 
workers may file complaints against employers for denying them 
employment opportunities by improperly hiring temporary foreign 
professionals on H-1B visas. Under that process, the Secretary is to 
receive and review these complaints and then--where there is reasonable 
cause to believe a complainant's allegations--initiate binding 
arbitration proceedings through Federal Mediation and Conciliation 
Service.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG11

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Chief, Business and Trade Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Office of Program and Regulations Development, (ULLICO) 3rd 
Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA55
_______________________________________________________________________

1177. CONSENT TO REAPPLY FOR ADMISSION AFTER REMOVAL

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1187; 8 USC 1225 to 1228; 8 USC 1252

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend the provisions regarding consent 
to reapply after removal to conform with the requirements of the 
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 
(IIRIRA). This rulemaking intends to remove the provisions contained in 
8 CFR 212.2(i) relating to a request for consent to reapply in 
conjunction with an application for admission at a port-of-entry or 
with an application for adjustment of status. The proposed removal of 
section 212.2(i) reflects the overall scope of the changes made by 
IIRIRA and congressional intent to impose severe penalties on aliens 
who enter illegally or otherwise violate the

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U.S. immigration laws, by restricting the relief available to them in 
the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2147-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG28

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA61
_______________________________________________________________________

1178. WAIVERS OF THE TWO-YEAR FOREIGN RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT FOR CERTAIN 
EXCHANGE VISITORS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend Department regulations relating 
to the two-year foreign residence requirement under section 212(e) of 
the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act). The proposed changes would 
conform to the requirements of the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), and the Department of 
Justice Appropriations Act, 2000. The proposed rulemaking would affect 
aliens who enter the United States as J-1 or J-2 nonimmigrant exchange 
visitors and who are subject to the requirement of section 212(e) of 
the Act, which stipulates that they must return to their home country 
for a period of two years before they are eligible to change to a 
different nonimmigrant classification or apply for lawful permanent 
residence in the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2158-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG31

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA62
_______________________________________________________________________

1179. ILLEGAL ENTRIES, UNLAWFUL PRESENCE, AND AUTOMATIC VOIDING OF 
NONIMMIGRANT VISAS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule defines the categories of aliens who are 
not eligible to be issued a visa or be admitted if: they are in the 
United States illegally because they entered without proper inspection 
at a port-of-entry (section 212(a)(6)(A) of the Act); they accumulated 
certain periods of unlawful presence because they entered the United 
States illegally or stayed in the United States longer than authorized 
(section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Act); or they entered the United States 
illegally (or attempted an illegal entry) after they accumulated 
unlawful presence or after they were removed (section 212(a)(9)(C) of 
the Act). This proposed rule also describes how a nonimmigrant visa 
becomes automatically void, as provided under section 222(g) of the 
Act. This proposed rule also explains when the provisions for unlawful 
presence (sections 212(a)(9)(B) and (C) of the Act) do not apply, and 
the legal and documentary requirements for a waiver. Promulgation of 
this rule ensures that the admission to the United States of any 
ineligible alien would not adversely affect the national welfare, 
safety, or security of the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: Split from CIS No. 1413
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG36

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA64
_______________________________________________________________________

1180. MEDICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS AND DESIGNATION OF CIVIL SURGEONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1222; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 232; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule defines the medical examination 
requirements for arriving aliens. It also overhauls the civil surgeon 
program to create standards for designation, procedures for periodic 
review of the civil surgeon designation, and specific provisions for 
revocation, when necessary.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

[[Page 73207]]

Additional Information: Split from CIS No. 1413
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG37

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA65
_______________________________________________________________________

1181. MEDICAL GROUNDS OF INADMISSIBILITY AND WAIVERS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1157; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103, ; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule describes the medical grounds of 
inadmissibility under section 212(a)(1) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act. It also describes which medical grounds of 
inadmissibility can be waived and the requirements for those waivers 
(including conditions for compliance).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: Split from CIS No. 1413 to move forward as a 
stand-alone rule.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG38

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA66
_______________________________________________________________________

1182. ADJUSTMENT OF THE APPEAL AND MOTION FEE TO RECOVER FULL COSTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1304; 8 USC 1356; 31 USC 9701; EO 12356; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to raise the fees for filing an appeal or 
motion to reopen/reconsider any decision under the immigration laws in 
any type of proceeding over which the Board of Immigration Appeals, 
does not have appellate jurisdiction. The fee is being raised from $110 
to $368 to recover the full costs associated with the processing of an 
appeal or motion to reopen/reconsider. Fees collected are deposited 
into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account and used to fund the full 
cost of processing immigration benefit applications and associated 
support benefits; the full cost of providing similar benefits to asylum 
and refugee applicants; and the full cost of similar benefits provided 
to other immigrants, as specified in the regulation, at no charge. 
Federal guidelines require the Department of Homeland Security to 
establish and collect fees to recover the full cost of processing 
immigration benefit applications, rather than supporting these services 
with tax revenue.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/00/04
NPRM Comment Period End         01/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2245-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG89

Agency Contact: Paul Schlesinger, Acting Director, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 
5307, Office of Budget, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20529
Phone: 202 616-0563
Email: paul.l.schlesinger@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA88
_______________________________________________________________________

1183. CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION ELIGIBILITY FOR CERTAIN 
APPLICANTS AND TO STANDARDS FOR DETERMINING A FRIVOLOUS ASYLUM 
APPLICATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1282; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend the employment authorization and 
asylum regulations to restrict employment authorization for certain 
applicants facing cancellation of removal status and to modify the 
standard by which the Immigration Court may find an asylum application 
frivolous. In addition, the amendment will clarify that the 
Department's decision to grant employment authorization on the basis of 
certain pending applications is discretionary. The Department is 
proposing these amendments to curb abuse of the immigration system by 
nonbona fide asylum applicants who improperly use the asylum process as 
a vehicle to be placed in proceedings in Immigration Court to obtain 
nonasylum-related employment authorization or who submit abusive, 
fraudulent, or clearly baseless asylum applications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2251-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG91

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Deputy Director, Asylum Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, 3rd Floor, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1663

RIN: 1615-AA89

[[Page 73208]]

_______________________________________________________________________

1184. REMOVAL OF STANDARDIZED REQUEST FOR EVIDENCE PROCESSING TIMEFRAME

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: NPRM, Statutory, September 1, 2003, NPRM Comment Period 
Ends January 1, 2003.

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend Department of Homeland Security 
regulations by removing the absolute requirement for, and the fixed 
regulatory time limitations on responses to, a Citizenship and 
Immigration Services (CIS) issued Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice 
of Intent to Deny (NOID). These changes will enable CIS to set an 
appropriate deadline for responding to an RFE or NOID, specific to the 
type of case, benefit category, or classification, and thus improve the 
process of adjudication of applications and petitions by reducing the 
time a case is held awaiting evidence, and by reducing average case 
processing time. This rule will result in improved efficiency in the 
CIS adjudication process.
In addition, this rule includes certain organizational changes 
necessitated by the implementation of the Homeland Security Act of 
2002, Public Law 107-296. This rule also removes obsolete regulatory 
language related to the Replenishment Agricultural Worker (RAW) program 
under section 210A of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), which 
was repealed by section 219(ee)(1) of the Immigration and Technical 
Corrections Act of 1994, Public Law 103-416. The rule further removes 
references to the use of qualified designated entities for filing of 
applications for adjustment of status in the Seasonal Agricultural 
Workers (SAW) and legalization programs under section 210 and 245A of 
the Act. By including the organizational changes, the rule will also 
assist the public in understanding the delegation of authority for 
adjudicating cases.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/04
NPRM Comment Period End         02/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2287-03

Agency Contact: Christopher M. Quimby, Chief, Operations Support 
Branch, Office of Program and Regulations Development, Department of 
Homeland Security, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 616-7708
Email: christopher.quimby@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AB13
_______________________________________________________________________

1185. ESTABLISHMENT OF FEE FOR PROCESSING GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH REQUESTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1252b

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, the 
Department of Homeland Security processes all requests for its records 
including historical and genealogical records. This rule proposes to 
amend the Department's regulations by establishing the Genealogy 
Program to process requests for historical records. The Department's 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servies agency will charge a fee to 
recover the cost of searching, locating, retrieving, copying, 
reviewing, and mailing these records to the requester. The Genealogy 
Program is necessary to provide a more timely response to requests for 
genealogical and historical records.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2074-00
Transferred from RIN 1680-AA01

Agency Contact: Ronald Whitelaw, Branch Chief, Department of Homeland 
Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, (ULLICO), 
Office of Records Services, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20529
Phone: 202 305-8274
Fax: 202 616-4282

RIN: 1615-AB19
_______________________________________________________________________

1186.  ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS OFFICE: PROCEDURAL 
REFORMS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 301; 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 
1103; 8 USC 1304; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 205; 8 CFR 210; 8 CFR 214; 8 
CFR 245a; 8 CFR 320; . . .

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule revises the requirements and procedures 
for the filing of motions and appeals before the Department's U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services agency and the Administrative 
Appeals Office. The proposed changes are intended to streamline the 
existing processes for filing motions and appeals and will reduce 
delays in the review and appellate process. This rule also makes 
additional changes necessitated by the establishment of the Department 
of Homeland Security and its resulting Bureaus.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/05
NPRM Comment Period End         05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS 2311-04

Agency Contact: Maura Deadrick, Adjudications Officer, Administrative 
Appeals Office, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 3040, 3rd Floor, 20 Massachusetts Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 272-1250
Fax: 202 272-1262

RIN: 1615-AB29

[[Page 73209]]

_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

1187. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TO THAT OF PERSON ADMITTED FOR PERMANENT 
RESIDENCE: CONDITIONAL RESIDENTS AND FIANCE(E)S

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1154; 8 USC 
1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1257; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule amends Department regulations by clarifying 
that an alien remains ineligible for adjustment of status after 
termination of conditional permanent resident status. The clarification 
is necessary in view of the determination by the Board of Immigration 
Appeals that the current regulations do not prohibit the adjustment of 
status of an alien whose conditional resident status has been 
terminated. This final rule would also modify provisions regulating the 
adjustment of status of nonimmigrant fiance(e)s to reflect the current 
statue and to eliminate hardships on certain persons who are unable, 
despite their good faith intentions, to marry until after the 
expiration of the alien spouse's period of admission as a nonimmigrant 
fiance(e).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/20/96                    61 FR 43028
NPRM Comment Period End         10/21/96
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: CIS No. 1353-91
Transferred from RIN 1115-AC70

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA02
_______________________________________________________________________

1188. PETITION TO CLASSIFY ALIEN AS IMMEDIATE RELATIVE OF A U.S. CITIZEN 
OR AS A PREFERENCE IMMIGRANT; SELF-PETITIONING FOR CERTAIN BATTERED OR 
ABUSED ALIEN SPOUSES AND CHILDREN

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; PL 103-322; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 
1153; 8 USC 1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department published an interim rule on this subject in 
1996. This final rule allows battered and abused spouses and children 
of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to petition for 
immigrant classification. The consent of the abuser would not be 
required. The final rule uses the term abused to mean either battered 
or subjected to extreme cruelty.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/26/96                    61 FR 13061
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/26/96
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/28/96
Final Action                    06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: CIS No. 1705-95
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE04

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

1189. AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT ON BEHALF OF IMMIGRANTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1183a; PL 104-208; PL 104-193; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 213a; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends DHS regulations by establishing that an 
individual (the sponsor) who files an affidavit of support under 
section 213A of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) on behalf of 
an intending immigrant incurs an obligation that may be enforced by a 
civil action. This rule also specifies the requirements that Federal, 
State, or local agencies or private entities must meet to request 
reimbursement from the sponsor for provision of means-tested public 
benefits and provides procedures for imposing the civil penalty 
provided for under section 213A of the INA, if the sponsor fails to 
give notice of any change of address. This rule is necessary to ensure 
that sponsors of aliens meet their obligations under section 213A of 
the INA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule (CIS No. 
1807-96)                        10/20/97                    62 FR 52346
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/07/98
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 1807-96; PL 104-208, title IV; and PL 
104-193, title IV
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE58

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, (ULLICO), Office of Program and Regulations 
Development, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA06
_______________________________________________________________________

1190. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS, CONTINUED VALIDITY OF NONIMMIGRANT STATUS, 
AND UNEXPIRED EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION FOR APPLICANTS MAINTAINING 
NONIMMIGRANT H OR L STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1282; 8 CFR 2; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC

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1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1255; 8 
USC 1281

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Over the last several years, the Department has issued 
numerous policy statements regarding its position on employment 
authorization, advance parole, and extension of nonimmigrant status for 
certain skilled nonimmigrant workers who have filed for adjustment to 
permanent resident status. This interim final rule codifies existing 
DHS policy statements by incorporating them into the Department's 
regulations; and eliminates the requirement for permission for overseas 
travel for adjustment applicants who are maintaining H-1 or L 
nonimmigrant status. The Department is publishing a final rule in 
response to public comments.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/01/99                    64 FR 29208
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/02/99
Final Action                    03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 1881-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE96

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA12
_______________________________________________________________________

1191. FINGERPRINTING APPLICANTS AND PETITIONERS FOR IMMIGRATION 
BENEFITS; ESTABLISHING A FEE FOR FINGERPRINTING BY THE DEPARTMENT OF 
HOMELAND SECURITY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1252 note; 8 
USC 1252b; 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 1356

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 299; 8 CFR 316; 8 CFR 335

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
regulations relating to fingerprinting applicants and petitioners for 
benefits under the Immigration and Nationality Act by: canceling the 
Designated Fingerprinting Service program; requiring applicants and 
petitioners for benefits to be fingerprinted at either a DHS Office, a 
State, or local law enforcement agency, or at a United States consular 
or military office; establishing a fee for fingerprinting by the 
Department; and requiring confirmation from the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation that a full criminal background check has been completed 
before adjudication of a naturalization application is completed.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/17/98                    63 FR 12979
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/29/98
Interim Final Rule Correction   04/09/98                    63 FR 17489
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/18/98
Final Action                    07/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Local, State

Additional Information: CIS No. 1891-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF03

Agency Contact: Pamela T. Wallace, Staff Officer, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 
980, Field Operations, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20529
Phone: 202 272-1017

RIN: 1615-AA14
_______________________________________________________________________

1192. SUSPENSION OF DEPORTATION AND SPECIAL RULE CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL 
FOR CERTAIN NATIONALS OF GUATEMALA, EL SALVADOR, AND FORMER SOVIET BLOC 
COUNTRIES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1225 to 1227; 8 USC 1251; 8 USC 1252 
note; 8 USC 1252a; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 
USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1224

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 240; 8 CFR 246; 8 CFR 274a; . 
. .

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule implements section 203 of the Nicaraguan Adjustment 
and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), enacted as title II of Public 
Law No. 105-100, 111 Stat. 2160, 2193 (1997) (as amended by Technical 
Corrections to the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief 
Act (NACARA), Public Law 105-139, Stat. 2644 (1997)). Section 203 of 
NACARA provides that certain Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and nationals of 
former Soviet Bloc countries are eligible to apply for cancellation of 
removal under the standards for suspension of deportation similar to 
those that existed prior to enactment of Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). The rule establishes the 
authority of DHS asylum officers to adjudicate certain applications 
under section 203 of NACARA, provides application and adjudication 
procedures, identifies factors and standards relevant to eligibility, 
and establishes a rebuttable presumption of extreme hardship for 
certain NACARA beneficiaries.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM (CIS No. 1915-98)          11/24/98                    63 FR 64895
NPRM Comment Period End (CIS No. 
1915-98)                        01/25/99
Interim Rule (CIS No. 1915-98)  05/21/99                    64 FR 27856
Interim Rule Comment Period End 07/20/99
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

[[Page 73211]]

Additional Information: CIS No. 1915-98
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF14

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Deputy Director, Asylum Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, 3rd Floor, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1663

RIN: 1615-AA17
_______________________________________________________________________

1193. INADMISSIBILITY AND DEPORTABILITY ON PUBLIC CHARGE GROUNDS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1183; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 237

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations to establish clear 
standards governing a determination that an alien is admissible or 
ineligible to adjust status, or has become deportable, on public charge 
grounds. This rule is necessary to alleviate growing public confusion 
over the meaning of the currently undefined term public charge in 
immigration law and its relationship to the receipt of Federal, State, 
or local public benefits. By defining public charge, DHS seeks to 
reduce the existing confusion and to provide aliens with better 
guidance as to the types of public benefits that will and will not be 
considered in public charge determinations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/26/99                    64 FR 28676
NPRM Comment Period End         07/26/99
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: CIS No. 1989-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF45

Agency Contact: Alice Smith, Associate Counsel, Department of Homeland 
Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 6100, 
Office of the Chief Counsel, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1400
Fax: 202 272-1405

RIN: 1615-AA22
_______________________________________________________________________

1194. APPLICATION FOR REFUGEE STATUS; ACCEPTABLE SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT 
GUARANTY OF TRANSPORTATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1157; 8 USC 
1158; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 207

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes 
the Attorney General as delegated to the Secretary of Homeland Security 
to admit refugees to the United States under certain conditions, 
including those provided for by regulation. DHS regulations require 
that sponsorship agreements be secured before an applicant is granted 
admission as a refugee at a U.S. port-of-entry. The determination of 
whether or not someone is classified as a refugee is described in the 
Act as a separate decision from whether a refugee may be admitted to 
the United States in refugee status. This rule amends Department 
regulations by removing language that erroneously implies that DHS 
requires a sponsorship agreement and guarantee of transportation prior 
to determining whether an applicant is a refugee. This rule is 
necessary to clarify issues in the existing regulation, and provides 
more advantageous treatment for the limited number of applicants for 
refugee status who have their DHS interviews before sponsorship 
agreements have been secured.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/21/99                    64 FR 27660
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/20/99
Final Action                    02/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 1999-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF49

Agency Contact: Kathleen Thompson, Staff Officer, Office of 
International Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 305-2756

RIN: 1615-AA24
_______________________________________________________________________

1195. BATTERED AND ABUSED CONDITIONAL RESIDENTS; TERMINATION OF MARRIAGE 
BY CONDITIONAL RESIDENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1154; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 216; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Enacted on November 10, 1986, the Immigration Marriage Fraud 
Amendments of 1986 (IMFA) made a number of changes to the Immigration 
and Nationality Act (Act) to deter aliens from marrying solely to 
obtain immigration benefits. IMFA established a conditional resident 
status for aliens who obtained lawful permanent resident status based 
upon a marriage of less than two years duration. The interim rule 
published on May 16, 1991, established procedures to allow a 
conditional resident who married in good faith but whose marriage was 
terminated by the United States citizen or lawful permanent resident 
spouse to seek a waiver of the joint filing requirement. The interim 
rule published on May 16, 1991, also was necessary to provide a method 
by which a battered conditional resident, or a conditional resident 
parent of an abused conditional resident child, may apply for removal 
of the conditional basis of resident status without filing a joint 
petition. This interim rule implements certain technical changes made 
by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 
1996 and addresses comments received in response to the interim rule 
published on May 16, 1991.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/16/91                    56 FR 22635
Final Action                    03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

[[Page 73212]]

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Interim Rule for CIS No. 1423-91 published on 
May 16, 1991.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF59

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA29
_______________________________________________________________________

1196. REVOKING GRANTS OF NATURALIZATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1443

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 340

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends DHS regulations by rescinding the 
regulations relating to administrative revocation of naturalization. 
This change is necessary since the previous regulations at 8 CFR 340.1 
were invalidated on July 20, 2000, by the Ninth Court of Appeals in the 
class action lawsuit Gorbach v. Reno, 219 F.3d 1087 (9th Cir. 2000), 
and final injunction prohibiting the use of these regulations on 
February 14, 2001.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/31/00                    65 FR 17127
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/30/00
Final Action                    03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No.1858-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF63

Agency Contact: John D. Miles, Associate Area Counsel, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
Office of Chief Counsel, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20529
Phone: 202 272-1400
Fax: 202 272-1405

RIN: 1615-AA30
_______________________________________________________________________

1197. REGISTRATION AND FINGERPRINTING OF ALIENS IN THE UNITED STATES: 
CONTROL OF EMPLOYMENT OF ALIENS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1201a; 8 USC 1301; 8 USC 
1305

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 264; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations governing 
applications for renewal of 10-year Permanent Resident Cards upon their 
expiration. This rule adds documents to the acceptable list of 
registration requirements and clarifies the requirements for lawful 
permanent residents to file Form I-90, Application to Replace Alien 
Registration Card, if they are also applying for naturalization. This 
rule also provides additional methods to verify employment eligibility 
for those in the process of renewing their expired or expiring Form I-
551, Permanent Resident Card. These changes are necessary to facilitate 
the 10-year Form I-551 renewal process. This rule also clarifies the 
fingerprinting requirements for lawful permanent residents who reach 
the age of 14 years.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No.2042-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF71

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA33
_______________________________________________________________________

1198. ADDING ACTUARIES AND PLANT PATHOLOGISTS TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE 
TRADE AGREEMENT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1281; 8 USC 1282

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214.6

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The rule proposes to amend 8 CFR 214.6 by adding the 
occupations of actuary and plant pathologists to appendix 1603.D.1. 
This rule proposes to modify the licensure requirements for Canadian 
citizens seeking admission to the United States as a TN nonimmigrant 
category alien. These amendments are being proposed to reflect the 
agreements made among the three parties to the North American Free 
Trade Agreement.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/19/00                    65 FR 79320
NPRM Comment Period End         02/20/01
Final Action                    11/00/04
Final Action Effective          12/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2068-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF85

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Chief, Business and Trade Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Office of Program and Regulations Development, (ULLICO) 3rd 
Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA38
_______________________________________________________________________

1199. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TO THAT OF PERSON ADMITTED FOR PERMANENT 
RESIDENCE; TEMPORARY REMOVAL OF CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS OF ELIGIBILITY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1252b; 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 1356

[[Page 73213]]

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 205; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is amending its regulations governing 
eligibility for adjustment of status under section 245(i) of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act to conform the regulations to existing 
policy and procedures and to remove language that has been superseded 
by subsequent legislation. Specifically, this rule conforms the 
regulations to include the changes made by Public Law 105-119 and 
Public Law 106-544. It also provides for the changes contained in the 
Legal Immigration Family Equity Act of 2000 (LIFE Act). As required by 
the Life Act, this rule changes the sunset date of section 245(i) of 
the Immigration and Naturalization Act to the new date of April 30, 
2001, for filing of qualifying petitions or applications that enable 
the applicant to apply to adjust status using section 245(i) and 
clarifies the effect of the new sunset date on eligibility. This means 
that in order to preserve the ability to apply for adjustment of status 
under section 245(i), an alien must be the beneficiary of a visa 
petition for classification under section 204 of the Act or application 
for labor certification properly filed on or before April 30, 2001, and 
determined to have approval when filed. This rule also provides 
guidance on the standard for review of filing for immigrant visa 
petitions and applications for labor certification on or before April 
30, 2001.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/26/01                    66 FR 16383
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/26/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/25/01
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2078-00; This rulemaking supersedes RIN 
1615-AA85
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF91

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA40
_______________________________________________________________________

1200. ASYLUM AND WITHHOLDING DEFINITIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1282; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend regulations that govern 
establishing asylum eligibility by providing guidance on certain issues 
that have arisen in the context of asylum adjudications. The amendments 
focus on portions of the regulations that deal with the definitions of 
membership in a particular social group, State action requirements, and 
determinations about whether persecution is inflicted on account of a 
protected tort. This rule codifies long-standing concepts of the 
definitions. It clarifies that gender can be a basis for membership in 
a particular social group. It also clarifies that a person who has 
suffered or fears domestic violence may under certain circumstances be 
eligible for asylum on that basis. The Department of Homeland Security 
believes this issue required further examination after the Board of 
Immigration Appeals decision, Matter of R-A.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/07/00                    65 FR 76588
NPRM Comment Period End         01/22/01
Final Action                    03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2092-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF92

Agency Contact: Dorthea Lay, Associate Counsel, Department of Homeland 
Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of the 
Chief Counsel, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1400
Fax: 202 272-1405

RIN: 1615-AA41
_______________________________________________________________________

1201. PETITION TO CLASSIFY ALIEN AS IMMEDIATE RELATIVE OF A U.S. CITIZEN 
OR PREFERENCE IMMIGRANT; ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TO THAT OF A PERSON 
ADMITTED FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule amends regulations of the Department of 
Homeland Security to provide an exception from the general prohibition 
against approval of immigration benefits based upon a marriage entered 
into during removal proceedings. The rule creates a good faith 
exception to the prohibition. This final rule completes the regulatory 
implementation of the Immigration Act of 1990.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/20/91                    56 FR 28311
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/20/91
Final Action                    03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: See CIS No. 1419-91
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF94

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA42

[[Page 73214]]

_______________________________________________________________________

1202. ACADEMIC HONORARIUM FOR B NONIMMIGRANT ALIENS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 105-277; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: DHS is proposing to amend its regulations relating to the 
acceptance of academic honoraria by nonimmigrant aliens admitted to the 
United States as a B visa visitor status. This is necessary to 
implement changes to section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act 
made by the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 
1998. The amendment outlines the proposed procedures necessary for a 
nonimmigrant alien visiting the United States in valid B visa status to 
accept honoraria in connection with usual academic activities.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/30/02                    67 FR 37727
NPRM Comment Period End         07/29/02
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2100-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF97

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Chief, Business and Trade Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Office of Program and Regulations Development, (ULLICO) 3rd 
Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA44
_______________________________________________________________________

1203. CHILDREN BORN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES; APPLICATIONS FOR 
CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 106-395

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 299; 8 CFR 310; 8 CFR 320; 8 CFR 322; 8 
CFR 338; 8 CFR 341; 8 CFR 499; . . .

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, February 27, 2001, Child Citizenship 
Act of 2000.

Abstract: This rule implements title I of the Child Citizenship Act of 
2000, Public Law 106-395. First, it amends DHS regulations by adding a 
new part which addresses application procedures for foreign-born 
children residing in the United States pursuant to a lawful admission 
for permanent residence, who acquire citizenship automatically under 
section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), as amended. 
This rule established procedures for these foreign-born children, 
including adopted children, to obtain certificates of citizenship. 
Second, this rule also addresses application procedures for foreign-
born children residing outside the United States, who can acquire 
citizenship under section 322 of the Act, as amended, by approval of an 
application and taking the oath of allegiance.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/13/01                    66 FR 32138
Interim Final Rule Effective    06/13/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/13/01
Final Action                    06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2101-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF98

Agency Contact: John D. Miles, Associate Area Counsel, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
Office of Chief Counsel, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20529
Phone: 202 272-1400
Fax: 202 272-1405

RIN: 1615-AA45
_______________________________________________________________________

1204. ALLOWING FOR THE FILING OF FORM I-140 VISA PETITION CONCURRENTLY 
WITH A FORM I-485 APPLICATION IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1641

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The current regulations provide that an alien worker who 
wants to apply for permanent residence by filing the appropriate Form 
I-485, Application To Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, 
cannot do so until he or she obtains approval of the underlying 
petition, Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. This 
procedure has resulted in aliens experiencing unnecessary delays due to 
the heavy backlog created by increasing numbers of cases received by 
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This rule amends DHS 
regulations by allowing the Forms I-140 and I-485 to be filed 
concurrently when a visa is immediately available, thereby improving 
the efficiency of the system, as well as customer service. This rule 
will also allow the alien worker to apply for employment authorization 
(Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) and advance 
parole authorization (Form I-131, Application for Travel Document) 
while the Form I-485 is pending.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/31/02                    67 FR 49561
Interim Final Rule Effective    07/31/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      09/30/02
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2104-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG00

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Chief, Business and Trade Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Office of Program and Regulations Development, (ULLICO) 3rd 
Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA46

[[Page 73215]]

_______________________________________________________________________

1205. ESTABLISHING PREMIUM PROCESSING SERVICE FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED 
PETITIONS AND APPLICATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule changes Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
regulations to establish premium processing service for certain 
employment-based petitions and applications. If an individual pays a 
fee for premium processing service, DHS will process the petition or 
application in 15 days. Premium Processing Service will give American 
businesses an option to pay for more rapid processing of petitions and 
applications to meet their needs for foreign workers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/01/01                    66 FR 29682
Interim Final Rule Effective    06/01/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/31/01
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2108-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG03

Agency Contact: Cindy Keiss, Staff Officer, Department of Homeland 
Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 10th Floor, 
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1508

RIN: 1615-AA49
_______________________________________________________________________

1206. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS FOR CERTAIN NATIONALS OF NICARAGUA, CUBA, AND 
HAITI

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1255

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 241; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule implements the provisions of the Legal 
Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE Act) and its technical amendments 
to both the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act 
(NACARA), and the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) of 
1998. Specifically, section 1505 of the amendments to the LIFE Act 
states that section 241(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act 
(I&NA) does not apply to adjustment applicants under NACARA/HRIFA and 
that the grounds of inadmissibility under section 212(a)(9)(A) and (C) 
of the I&NA may be waived for NACARA/HRIFA adjustment applicants. 
Section 241(a)(5) of the I&NA provides for the reinstatement of a 
removal order against any alien who illegally re-enters the United 
States after having been removed or after having departed voluntarily 
under an order of removal. It also bars any alien whose removal order 
has been reinstated from receiving any relief under the I&NA, including 
any waivers of grounds of inadmissibility necessary for the grant of 
adjustment of status. Sections 212(a)(9)(A) and 212(a)(9)(C) of the 
I&NA are grounds of inadmissibility relating to aliens previously 
removed and aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States 
after previous immigration violations, respectively. Section 1505 of 
the amendments to the LIFE Act also states that an alien who has become 
eligible for benefits under NACARA/HRIFA as a result of the enactment 
of the LIFE Act may file a motion to reopen his or her removal 
proceedings in order to apply for adjustment or to apply for 
cancellation of removal or suspension of deportation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/31/01                    66 FR 29449
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/31/01
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2113-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG05

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA51
_______________________________________________________________________

1207. ADJUSTMENT TO LAWFUL RESIDENT STATUS OF CERTAIN CLASS ACTION 
PARTICIPANTS WHO ENTERED BEFORE JANUARY 1, 1982, UNDER THE LEGAL 
IMMIGRATION AND FAMILY EQUITY ACT (LIFE ACT)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1255a; 8 USC 1225a note

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 245a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule (CIS No. 2115-01) implements section 
1104 of the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE) and LIFE Act 
Amendments pertaining to adjustment of status of certain class action 
participants (specifically, Catholic Social Services v. Meese (CSS), 
509 U.S. 43 (1993), League of United Latin American Citizens v. INS 
(LULAC), 509 U.S. 43 (1993), and Zambrano v. INS, 509 U.S. 918 (1993) 
class applicants) who entered before January 1, 1982, to that of a 
person admitted for lawful residence. This rule establishes procedures 
for a one-year application period to allow CSS, LULAC, and Zambrano 
class applicants to apply for adjustment of status to that of lawful 
permanent residence.
CIS No. 2145-01 amends the Department's regulations by establishing 
procedures to apply for Family Unity benefits for certain spouses and 
unmarried children of aliens who adjusted to lawful permanent resident 
(LPR) status pursuant to section 1104 of the Legal Immigration Family 
Equity (LIFE) Act--known as the LIFE Legalization provision. It applies 
to those persons who are no longer present in the United States to 
allow them to apply for Family Unity benefits pursuant to section 1504 
of the LIFE Act Amendments. This rule also establishes procedures for 
certain spouses and unmarried children who previously were granted 
Family Unity benefits pursuant to section 1504 of the LIFE Act 
Amendments to apply for an

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extension of their Family Unity benefits. This rule is necessary to 
ensure that those aliens eligible to apply for, and extend, Family 
Unity benefits under the provisions of the LIFE Act Amendments are able 
to do so in a timely manner.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule (CIS No. 
2115) Life Legalization         06/01/01                    66 FR 29661
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/31/01
Notice                          08/29/01                    66 FR 45694
Final Action (CIS No. 2115-01)  06/04/02                    67 FR 38341
Final Action Effective          06/04/02
Interim Final Rule (CIS No. 
2145) Family Unity Benefits     03/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2115-01
CIS No. 2145-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG06

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA52
_______________________________________________________________________

1208. NONIMMIGRANT CLASSES; SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF LAWFUL PERMANENT 
RESIDENTS; V CLASSIFICATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1102; PL 106-553

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 205; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 
CFR 245; 8 CFR 248; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 1102 of the LIFE Act of 2000 amends the Immigration 
and Nationality Act to create a new nonimmigrant classification V for 
the spouses and children of lawful permanent residents awaiting the 
availability of an immigrant visa number in the appropriate preference 
category in accordance with the State Department's monthly Visa 
Bulletin. Eligible spouses and children of lawful permanent residents 
residing abroad that obtain the V nonimmigrant visa from the Department 
of State may work and reside in the United States on the basis of the V 
classification until they can apply for adjustment of status to that of 
lawful permanent resident. Certain eligible spouses and children of 
lawful permanent residents already present in the United States may be 
granted V classification until they can apply to adjust status to that 
of lawful permanent resident. This rule sets forth eligibility criteria 
and procedures for obtaining the V visa classification and related 
employment authorization.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/07/01                    66 FR 46697
Interim Final Rule Effective    09/07/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/06/01
Final Action                    03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2117-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG08

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA53
_______________________________________________________________________

1209. K NONIMMIGRANT CLASSIFICATION; LEGAL IMMIGRATION FAMILY EQUITY ACT 
(LIFE)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 106-553

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 248; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, December 21, 2000.

Abstract: Section 1103 of the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act 
(LIFE), Public Law 106-553, creates a new nonimmigrant classification 
under the Immigration and Nationality Act section 101(a)(15)(K) for the 
spouses and children of U.S. citizens who have pending immigrant visa 
applications. This rule establishes this classification in DHS 
regulations, including creating filing and adjudication procedures, as 
well as procedures for adjusting status from this new nonimmigrant 
classification to that of a lawful permanent resident.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/14/01                    66 FR 42587
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      10/15/01
Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: LIFE creates another separate nonimmigrant 
classification V and also amends the INA for other purposes. Each of 
these will be addressed in a separate rule. CIS No. 2127-01.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG12

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA56
_______________________________________________________________________

1210. NEW CLASSIFICATION FOR VICTIMS OF SEVERE FORMS OF TRAFFICKING IN 
PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR THE T NONIMMIGRANT STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101 to 1104; 8 USC 1182; 
8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1224; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 
8 USC 1227; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1252a; 22 USC 7101; 22 USC 7105; . . .

[[Page 73217]]

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 274a; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule sets forth application requirements for a new 
nonimmigrant classification. The T classification was created by 107(e) 
of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 
(VTVPA), Public Law 106-386. The T nonimmigrant classification was 
designed for eligible victims of severe forms of trafficking stet 
persons who aid the Government with their case against the traffickers 
and who can establish that they would suffer extreme hardship involving 
unusual and severe harm if they were removed from the United States 
after having completed their assistance to law enforcement. The rule 
establishes application procedures and responsibilities for the 
Department of Homeland Security and provides guidance to the public on 
how to meet certain requirements to obtain T nonimmigrant status.
There is a statutory cap for T nonimmigrant status for victims of a 
severe form of trafficking (principals), which is set at 5,000 per 
annum. The law also provides that certain family members can derive T 
status through the principal's application.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/31/02                     67 FR 4784
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/04/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/01/02
Final Action                    06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal, State

Additional Information: CIS No. 2132-01; AG Order No. 2554-2002
There is a related rulemaking, CIS No. 2170-01, the new U nonimmigrant 
status (RIN 1615-AA67).
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG19

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA59
_______________________________________________________________________

1211. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101 to 1104; 8 USC 1182; 
8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1224; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 
8 USC 1227; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1252a; 8 USC 1255; 22 USC 7101; 22 USC 
7105; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule sets forth measures by which certain victims of 
severe forms of trafficking who have been granted T nonimmigrant status 
may apply for adjustment to permanent resident status in accordance 
with Public Law 106-386, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence 
Protection Act of 2000.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2134-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG21

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA60
_______________________________________________________________________

1212. REMOVAL OF LIMITATIONS ON THE VALIDITY PERIOD FOR EMPLOYMENT 
AUTHORIZATION DOCUMENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1201; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
regulations governing issuance of Employment Authorization Documents 
(EADs) to give the agency discretion to modify EAD validity periods for 
initial, renewal, and replacement EADs. This rule also amended the 
regulations to reflect that the agency will issue EADs to aliens 
granted asylum by the Department of Justice, Executive Office of 
Immigration Review (EOIR), with validity periods of up to five years, 
unless otherwise appropriate.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/30/04                    69 FR 45555
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      09/28/04
Final Action                    06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2152-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG32

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA63
_______________________________________________________________________

1213. NEW CLASSIFICATION FOR VICTIMS OF CERTAIN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY; 
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE U NONIMMIGRANT STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1101 note; 8 
USC 1102; . . .

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CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule sets forth application requirements for a new 
nonimmigrant status. The U classification is for non-U.S. Citizen/
Lawful Permanent Resident victims of certain crimes who cooperate with 
an investigation or prosecution of those crimes. There is a limit of 
10,000 principals per year.
This rule establishes the procedures to be followed in order to 
petition for the U nonimmigrant classifications. Specifically, the rule 
addresses: the essential elements that must be demonstrated to receive 
the nonimmigrant classification; procedures that must be followed to 
make an application; and evidentiary guidance to assist in the 
petitioning process. Eligible victims will be allowed to remain in the 
United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      09/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Local

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG39

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA67
_______________________________________________________________________

1214. DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN TEMPORARY RESIDENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1181; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1203; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1257; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 211

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule adds a document to the list of documents that 
may be presented by certain returning temporary residents in lieu of an 
immigrant visa. This rule will allow the Form I-797, Notice of Action, 
issued to certain aliens who have adjusted to temporary resident status 
pursuant to 8 CFR 245a to be used as an entry document at a port-of-
entry. This rule is necessary to ensure that those temporary resident 
aliens eligible to reenter the United States with a Form I-797 are able 
to do so.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2177-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG44

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA69
_______________________________________________________________________

1215. RESTRUCTURING THE NONIMMIGRANT REGULATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 252

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim regulation reorganizes the nonimmigrant 
regulations. It divides existing 8 CFR 214 into several new CFR parts, 
creating a new part for each major nonimmigrant classification. The 
regulation does not make significant changes to the regulations, but 
does rewrite and reorganize them to make them easier to read and 
follow. In addition the regulation eliminates obsolete provisions.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2218-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG62

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Chief, Business and Trade Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Office of Program and Regulations Development, (ULLICO) 3rd 
Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA74
_______________________________________________________________________

1216. WAIVERS FOR NONIMMIGRANTS UNDER SECTION 212(D)(3)(A) OF THE 
IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends regulations pertaining to the process by 
which waiver requests are referred to DHS by the Department of State 
for certain nonimmigrants. This rule affects individuals located 
outside of the United States who are applying for temporary visas. 
Promulgation of this rulemaking ensures that DHS' rules are consistent 
with long-standing agency practices.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2200-02

[[Page 73219]]

Transferred from RIN 1115-AG63

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA75
_______________________________________________________________________

1217. CLARIFICATION OF REGULATIONS RELATING TO ALIENS THAT ARE 
EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZED INCIDENT TO STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1201a; 8 USC 
1301 to 1305; 8 USC 1324a

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 2; 8 CFR 264; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim rule (1) clarifies the regulations relating to 
aliens who are ``employment authorized incident to status;'' (2) 
implements regulations to Public Laws 107-124 and 107-125, which 
provide for employment authorization for certain spouses of E and L 
nonimmigrants; and (3) makes a series of technical changes to the 8 CFR 
to update and clarify language relating to employment authorization and 
employment authorization documents.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2204-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG74

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief, Residence and Status Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, Office of Program and Regulations Development, 
(ULLICO) 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: pearl.chang@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA78
_______________________________________________________________________

1218. PROCEDURES FOR CONDUCTING EXAMINATIONS AND WAIVING THE OATH OF 
ALLEGIANCE FOR NATURALIZATION APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1421; 8 USC 1443; 8 USC 1447; 8 CFR 
2.1; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 310; 8 CFR 313; 8 CFR 316; 8 CFR 319; 8 CFR 333; . 
. .

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation provides procedures for conducting 
examinations and waiving the oath of allegiance attachment requirement 
and the oath requirement for any individual who has a developmental, 
physical, or mental impairment that makes him or her unable to 
understand, or communicate an understanding of, the meaning of the 
oath. The rule incorporates changes made by Public Law 106-448, which 
authorized the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
to waive the oath requirement for such individuals. It also specifies 
who is authorized to act as a designated representative on behalf of 
applicants who qualify for the waiver and addresses how DHS will 
conduct examinations with such representatives to ensure that 
applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to establish 
eligibility for naturalization.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2191-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG77

Agency Contact: Kellie LeClair, Staff Officer, Department of Homeland 
Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 980, 20 
Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1018

RIN: 1615-AA81
_______________________________________________________________________

1219. ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE ON APPLICATIONS AND PETITIONS FOR IMMIGRATION 
AND NATURALIZATION BENEFITS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1201; 8 1252 note; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, September 2003, Public Law 105-277.

Abstract: This rule amends DHS regulations concerning the acceptance of 
electronic signatures on applications and petitions for immigration and 
naturalization benefits. The change is necessary to allow the 
Department to begin accepting electronically filed applications and 
petitions as required by law. By accepting electronically filed 
applications and petitions, the Department expects to streamline its 
information collection process, improve customer service, and move 
towards fulfilling the mandates of the Government Paperwork Elimination 
Act.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/29/03                    68 FR 23009
Interim Final Rule Effective    05/29/03
Final Action                    03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2224-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG79

Agency Contact: Tracy Renaud, Director, Services Modernization, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 1000, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202 272-1705
Email: tracy.renaud@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AA83

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_______________________________________________________________________

1220. WITHHOLDING OF ADJUDICATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 552; 8 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1304; 8 USC 1356; 8 USC 1421; 8 USC 1443; 8 USC 1447; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 310; 8 CFR 335; 8 CFR 336

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation expands the situations where a director can 
withhold the adjudication of an application or petition. The director 
may withhold adjudication at six-month increments while there is an 
ongoing investigation relating to that application or petition. Any 
regulatory deadlines will be tolled while adjudication is withheld. The 
director will give notice of withholding to the petitioner or applicant 
if it will not prejudice the investigation. The Department is now 
conducting security checks on all applicants and petitions, so this 
rule is necessary to ensure that immigration benefits are not granted 
while there is an ongoing investigation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      03/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2234-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG86

Agency Contact: Michael J. Sheridan, Associate Counsel, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 20 
Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1400
Fax: 202 272-1405

RIN: 1615-AA86
_______________________________________________________________________

1221. IMPLEMENTATION OF AMENDMENTS AFFECTING PETITIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT 
CREATION ALIENS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 216; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, March 2, 2003.

Abstract: This rule proposes amendments to the regulations of the 
Department of Homeland Security to implement changes made by the 21st 
Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization of 2001. 
This legislation made various changes to the EB-5 Alien immigrant 
classification. This rule is being issued as an interim rule to comply 
with the statutory requirement that implementing regulations be issued 
by the Department within 120 days of enactment, and to ensure that the 
Department's regulations are consistent with the new legislation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2253-03; Regulatory actions announced 
in 1115-AF27 are merged with this rulemaking.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG93

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Chief, Business and Trade Branch, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Office of Program and Regulations Development, (ULLICO) 3rd 
Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA90
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1222. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA 
AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES REGARDING ASYLUM CLAIMS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1282

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The terms of a recently signed agreement between the United 
States and Canada bar certain categories of aliens arriving from Canada 
at land border ports-of-entry and in transit from Canada from formally 
applying for protection in the United States. The Department of 
Homeland Security proposes to amend the asylum regulations to establish 
the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officers' 
authority to make threshold determinations concerning the applicability 
of the agreement in the expedited removal context. DHS is proceeding 
with final rulemaking to implement this agreement by the end of 
calendar year 2004.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            03/08/04                    69 FR 10620
NPRM Comment Period End         03/07/04
Final Action                    11/00/04
Final Action Effective          12/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: CIS No. 2255-03
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG95

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Deputy Director, Asylum Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, 3rd Floor, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-1663

RIN: 1615-AA91

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1223. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGE OUT PROTECTIONS AFFORDED UNDER THE CHILD 
STATUS PROTECTION ACT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; . . .

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 205

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department will promulgate an interim final rule that 
amends regulations contained in title 8 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations to implement certain provisions of the Child Status 
Protection Act (Pub. L. 107-288). The rule will ensure that the age-out 
protections afforded to certain alien beneficiaries in the Child Status 
Protection Act are codified.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/00/05
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/00/05

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AH01

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Chief



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