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[Federal Register: November 25, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 226)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 61517-61524]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr25no09-9]                         

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

22 CFR Parts 41 and 42

[Public Notice 6798]

 
Visas: Documentation of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants--Visa 
Classification Symbols

AGENCY: State Department.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Department is amending its regulations to add new 
classification symbols to the immigrant and nonimmigrant classification 
tables. This amendment is necessary to implement legislation that 
created additional immigrant and nonimmigrant classifications as 
described herein. Additionally, the Department is amending or removing 
existing classifications that have changed as a result of new 
legislation or the expiration of legislative provisions that had 
temporarily authorized them.

DATES: This rule is effective November 25, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily C. Cooperman, Legislation and 
Regulations Division, Visa Services, U.S. Department of State, 
Washington, DC 20520-0106, phone (202) 663-1203.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Which new immigrant classification symbol is being added?

    A new immigrant classification for qualifying family members of U1 
Nonimmigrant Victim of Criminal Activity, adjustment of status cases 
for: Spouse, SU2; Child, SU3; and Parent, SU5.

What is the background for the new immigrant classifications (SU2, SU3, 
SU5) for qualifying family members of U1 Nonimmigrants?

    Under INA 245(m)(3), upon approval of adjustment of the status of a 
U1 principal alien, the Secretary of Homeland Security may approve a 
petition for an immigrant visa for a spouse (SU2), a child (SU3), or in 
the case of an alien child, a parent (SU5) who did not receive a 
nonimmigrant visa under section 101(a)(15)(U)(ii) if the Secretary of 
Homeland Security considers such approval necessary to avoid extreme 
hardship. To request approval of immigrant visa status for such a 
relative, the principal alien must file with U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services (USCIS) a Form I-929, Petition for Qualifying 
Family Member of a U1 Nonimmigrant. Upon approval of the petition, 
beneficiaries may apply for an immigrant visa at a visa processing post 
overseas.

Which immigrant classification is being amended due to new legislation?

    Certain Iraqis (and Afghanis) employed by or on behalf of the 
United States Government in Iraq (and Afghanistan), SQ1; Spouse SQ2 and 
Child SQ3.

What is the background for the amended immigrant visa classifications 
SQ1, SQ2, SQ3?

    In addition to Iraqis employed by or on behalf of the United States 
Government in Iraq, section 1244 of Public Law 110-181, section 602(b) 
of Division F, Title IV, of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, 
Public Law 111-8, authorizes SQ1 status for an Afghan national who has 
been employed by or on behalf of the United States Government in 
Afghanistan on or after October 7, 2001, for a period of not less than 
one year; has provided faithful and valuable service to the United 
States Government, which is documented in a positive recommendation or 
evaluation from the alien's senior supervisor; has been determined by 
the Chief of Mission (COM) or the COM's designee to have experienced, 
or be experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of the 
employment by or on behalf of the U.S. Government. Further, the alien 
must clear a background check and appropriate screening as determined 
by the Department of Homeland Security, be otherwise eligible to 
receive an immigrant visa, and be otherwise admissible to the United 
States for permanent residence, except that, in the determination of 
such admissibility, the

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grounds for inadmissibility specified in INA 212(a)(4) (8 U.S.C. 
1182(a)(4)) relating to ``public charge'' shall not apply.

Which nonimmigrant classification symbols are being added?

    The new nonimmigrant classification symbols are for: Temporary 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-only transitional 
workers (CW1, CW2); and Long-Term Investors in the Commonwealth of the 
Northern Mariana Islands (E2C).

What is the background for the new nonimmigrant classification (CW1 & 
CW2) for a CNMI transitional worker?

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created a new, temporary, 
CNMI-only transitional worker classification (CW) in accordance with 
title VII of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), 
Public Law 110-229, that will be implemented beginning November 28, 
2009. The transitional worker program is intended to provide for an 
orderly transition from the CNMI permit system to the U.S. federal 
immigration system under the INA. A CW transitional worker is an alien 
worker who is ineligible for another classification under the INA and 
who performs services or labor for an employer in the CNMI. The CNRA 
imposes a five-year transition period before the INA requirements 
become fully applicable in the CNMI. The new CW classification (CW1 for 
principal transitional workers and CW2 for dependents) will be in 
effect for the duration of the transition period, unless extended by 
the Secretary of Labor.

What is the background for the new nonimmigrant classification (E2C 
CNMI) for a nonimmigrant investor?

    The Department of Homeland Security is amending its regulations 
governing E2 nonimmigrant treaty investors to establish procedures for 
classifying long-term investors in the CNMI as E2C nonimmigrants. The 
DHS rule implements the CNMI nonimmigrant investor visa provisions of 
the CNRA extending the immigration laws of the United States to the 
CNMI. Among the CNMI-specific provisions applicable during the five-
year transition period is a provision authorizing the Secretary of 
Homeland Security to classify an alien foreign investor in the CNMI as 
a CNMI-only E2C nonimmigrant investor under section 101(a)(15)(E)(ii) 
of the INA. This status is provided upon application of the alien and 
notwithstanding the treaty requirements otherwise applicable. Eligible 
investors are those who: were admitted to the CNMI in long-term 
investor status under CNMI immigration law before the transition 
program effective date; have continuously maintained residence in the 
CNMI under long-term investor status; are otherwise admissible to the 
United States under the INA; and maintain the investment(s) that formed 
the basis for the CNMI long-term investor status.

Why is the Department amending and removing the age restrictions for 
the T4 & T5 Nonimmigrant visa classes?

    Section 201 of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims 
Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, Public Law 110-457, amended 
section 101(a)(15)(T)(ii) of the INA to provide for T4 and T5 
derivative status for any accompanying or following to join parent or 
unmarried sibling under the age of 18 of an alien who has been accorded 
T1 status as a victim of trafficking if the Secretary of Homeland 
Security determines that the parent or sibling faces a present danger 
of retaliation as a result of the victim's escape from the severe form 
of trafficking or cooperation with law enforcement. This provision 
applies without regard to the age of the T1 principal, and is in 
addition to existing authority in INA 101(a)(15)(T)(ii)(I) for T4 and 
T5 status for accompanying or following to join parents and unmarried 
siblings under age 18 of a principal alien who was under the age of 21 
as of the date of the principal's application for T1 status. If the 
principal alien was under the age of 21 at the time of his or her 
application for T1 status, the parents and any unmarried sibling under 
18 who are accompanying or following to join the principal would be 
entitled to T4 and T5 classification without a DHS determination that 
they face a present danger of retaliation.

What Classifications are being removed?

    The Nonimmigrant Visa class ``Irish Peace Process Program 
Participant;'' Q2, and the Spouse or Child of the Q2, Q3.

Why are the Q2 and Q3 Classifications being removed?

    Section 1(d) of Public Law 108-449 repealed the ``Irish Peace 
Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998, Public Law 105-319, 
effective October 1, 2008.

Regulatory Findings

Administrative Procedure Act

    This regulation involves a foreign affairs function of the United 
States and, therefore, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1), is not 
subject to the rule making procedures set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553.

Regulatory Flexibility Act/Executive Order 13273: Small Business

    Because this final rule is exempt from notice and comment 
rulemaking under 5 U.S.C. 553, it is exempt from the regulatory 
flexibility analysis requirements set forth at sections 603 and 604 of 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 603 and 604). Nonetheless, 
consistent with section 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 
U.S.C. 605(b)), the Department certifies that this rule will not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 
This regulates individual aliens who seek consideration for immigrant 
and nonimmigrant visas and does not affect any small entities, as 
defined in 5 U.S.C. 601(6).

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, Public Law 
104-4, 109 Stat. 48, 2 U.S.C. 1532, generally requires agencies to 
prepare a statement before proposing any rule that may result in an 
annual expenditure of $100 million or more by State, local, or tribal 
governments, or by the private sector. This rule will not result in any 
such expenditure, nor will it significantly or uniquely affect small 
governments.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

    This rule is not a major rule as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804, for 
purposes of congressional review of agency rulemaking under the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, Public Law 104-
121. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of 
$100 million or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or adverse 
effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, 
innovation, or on the ability of United States-based companies to 
compete with foreign-based companies in domestic and import markets.

Executive Order 12866

    The Department of State has reviewed this rule to ensure its 
consistency with the regulatory philosophy and principles set forth in 
Executive Order 12866 and has determined that the benefits of the 
regulation justify its costs. The Department does not consider the rule 
to be an economically significant action within the scope of section 
3(f)(1) of the Executive Order

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since it is not likely to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 
million or more or to adversely affect in a material way the economy, a 
sector of the economy, competition, jobs, the environment, public 
health or safety, or State, local or tribal governments or communities.

Executive Orders 12372 and 13132: Federalism

    This regulation will not have substantial direct effects on the 
States, on the relationship between the national government and the 
States, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among the 
various levels of government. Nor will the rule have federalism 
implications warranting the application of Executive Orders No. 12372 
and No. 13132.

Executive Order 12988: Civil Justice Reform

    The Department has reviewed the regulations in light of sections 
3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order No. 12988 to eliminate ambiguity, 
minimize litigation, establish clear legal standards, and reduce 
burden.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule does not impose information collection requirements under 
the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

List of Subjects

22 CFR Part 41

    Aliens, Foreign Officials, Immigration, Nonimmigrants, Passports 
and Visas.

22 CFR Part 42

    Immigration, Passports, Visas.

0
For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Department of State amends 
22 CFR Parts 41 and 42 as follows:

PART 41--[AMENDED]

0
1. The authority citation for Part 41 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1104; Pub. L. 105-277, 112 Stat. 2681-795 
through 2681-801.


0
2. Revise Sec.  41.12 to read as follows:


Sec.  41.12  Classification symbols.

    A visa issued to a nonimmigrant alien within one of the classes 
described in this section shall bear an appropriate visa symbol to show 
the classification of the alien. The symbol shall be inserted in the 
space provided on the visa. The following visa symbols shall be used:

                              Nonimmigrants
------------------------------------------------------------------------
          Symbol                     Class              Section of law
------------------------------------------------------------------------
A1.......................  Ambassador, Public        101(a)(15)(A)(i).
                            Minister, Career
                            Diplomat or Consular
                            Officer, or Immediate
                            Family.
A2.......................  Other Foreign Government  101(a)(15)(A)(ii).
                            Official or Employee,
                            or Immediate Family.
A3.......................  Attendant, Servant, or    101(a)(15)(A)(iii).
                            Personal Employee of A1
                            or A2, or Immediate
                            Family.
B1.......................  Temporary Visitor for     101(a)(15)(B).
                            Business.
B2.......................  Temporary Visitor for     101(a)(15)(B).
                            Pleasure.
B1/B2....................  Temporary Visitor for     101(a)(15)(B).
                            Business & Pleasure.
C1.......................  Alien in Transit........  101(a)(15)(C).
C1/D.....................  Combined Transit and      101(a)(15)(C) and
                            Crewmember Visa.          (D).
C2.......................  Alien in Transit to       101(a)(15)(C).
                            United Nations
                            Headquarters District
                            Under Sec. 11.(3), (4),
                            or (5) of the
                            Headquarters Agreement.
C3.......................  Foreign Government        212(d)(8).
                            Official, Immediate
                            Family, Attendant,
                            Servant or Personal
                            Employee, in Transit.
CW1......................  Commonwealth of Northern  Section 6(d) of
                            Mariana Islands           Pub. L. 94-241, as
                            Transitional Worker.      added by sec.
                                                      702(a) of Pub. L.
                                                      110-229.
CW2......................  Spouse or Child of CW1..  Section 6(d) of
                                                      Pub. L. 94-241, as
                                                      added by sec.
                                                      702(a) of Pub. L.
                                                      110-229.
D........................  Crewmember (Sea or Air).  101(a)(15)(D).
E1.......................  Treaty Trader, Spouse or  101(a)(15)(E)(i).
                            Child.
E2.......................  Treaty Investor, Spouse   101(a)(15)(E)(ii).
                            or Child.
E2C......................  Commonwealth of Northern  Section 6(c) of
                            Mariana Islands           Pub. L. 94-241, as
                            Investor, Spouse or       added by sec.
                            Child.                    702(a) of Pub. L.
                                                      110-229.
E3.......................  Australian Treaty Alien   101(a)(15)(E)(iii).
                            coming to the United
                            States Solely to
                            Perform Services in a
                            Specialty Occupation.
E3D......................  Spouse or Child of E3...  101(a)(15)(E)(iii).
E3R......................  Returning E3............  101(a)(15)(E)(iii).
F1.......................  Student in an academic    101(a)(15)(F)(i).
                            or language training
                            program.
F2.......................  Spouse or Child of F1...  101(a)(15)(F)(ii).
F3.......................  Canadian or Mexican       101(a)(15)(F)(iii).
                            national commuter
                            student in an academic
                            or language training
                            program.
G1.......................  Principal Resident        101(a)(15)(G)(i).
                            Representative of
                            Recognized Foreign
                            Government to
                            International
                            Organization, Staff, or
                            Immediate Family.
G2.......................  Other Representative of   101(a)(15)(G)(ii).
                            Recognized Foreign
                            Member Government to
                            International
                            Organization, or
                            Immediate Family.
G3.......................  Representative of         101(a)(15)(G)(iii).
                            Nonrecognized or
                            Nonmember Foreign
                            Government to
                            International
                            Organization, or
                            Immediate Family.
G4.......................  International             101(a)(15)(G)(iv).
                            Organization Officer or
                            Employee, or Immediate
                            Family.
G5.......................  Attendant, Servant, or    101(a)(15)(G)(v).
                            Personal Employee of G1
                            through G4, or
                            Immediate Family.
H1B......................  Alien in a Specialty      101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)
                            Occupation (Profession).  .
H1B1.....................  Chilean or Singaporean    101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b1
                            National to Work in a     ).
                            Specialty Occupation.
H1C......................  Nurse in health           101(a)(15)(H)(i)(c)
                            professional shortage     .
                            area.

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H2A......................  Temporary Worker          101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a
                            Performing Agricultural   ).
                            Services Unavailable in
                            the United States.
H2B......................  Temporary Worker          101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b
                            Performing Other          ).
                            Services Unavailable in
                            the United States.
H3.......................  Trainee.................  101(a)(15)(H)(iii).
H4.......................  Spouse or Child of Alien  101(a)(15)(H)(iv).
                            Classified H1B/B1/C,
                            H2A/B, or H-3.
I........................  Representative of         101(a)(15)(I).
                            Foreign Information
                            Media, Spouse and Child.
J1.......................  Exchange Visitor........  101(a)(15)(J).
J2.......................  Spouse or Child of J1...  101(a)(15)(J).
K1.......................  Fiance(e) of United       101(a)(15)(K)(i).
                            States Citizen.
K2.......................  Child of Fiance(e) of     101(a)(15)(K)(iii).
                            U.S. Citizen.
K3.......................  Spouse of U.S. citizen    101(a)(15)(K)(ii).
                            awaiting availability
                            of immigrant visa.
K4.......................  Child of K3.............  101(a)(15)(K)(iii).
L1.......................  Intracompany Transferee   101(a)(15)(L).
                            (Executive, Managerial,
                            and Specialized
                            Knowledge Personnel
                            Continuing Employment
                            with International Firm
                            or Corporation).
L2.......................  Spouse or Child of        101(a)(15)(L).
                            Intracompany Transferee.
M1.......................  Vocational Student or     101(a)(15)(M)(i).
                            Other Nonacademic
                            Student.
M2.......................  Spouse or Child of M1...  101(a)(15)(M)(ii).
M3.......................  Canadian or Mexican       101(a)(15)(M)(iii).
                            national commuter
                            student (Vocational
                            student or other
                            nonacademic student).
N8.......................  Parent of an Alien        101(a)(15)(N)(i).
                            Classified SK3 or SN3.
N9.......................  Child of N8 or of SK1,    101(a)(15)(N)(ii).
                            SK2, SK4, SN1, SN2 or
                            SN4.
NATO 1...................  Principal Permanent       Art. 12, 5 UST
                            Representative of         1094; Art. 20, 5
                            Member State to NATO      UST 1098.
                            (including any of its
                            Subsidiary Bodies)
                            Resident in the U.S.
                            and Resident Members of
                            Official Staff;
                            Secretary General,
                            Assistant Secretaries
                            General, and Executive
                            Secretary of NATO;
                            Other Permanent NATO
                            Officials of Similar
                            Rank, or Immediate
                            Family.
NATO 2...................  Other Representative of   Art. 13, 5 UST
                            member state to NATO      1094; Art. 1, 4
                            (including any of its     UST 1794; Art. 3,
                            Subsidiary Bodies)        4 UST 1796.
                            including
                            Representatives,
                            Advisers, and Technical
                            Experts of Delegations,
                            or Immediate Family;
                            Dependents of Member of
                            a Force Entering in
                            Accordance with the
                            Provisions of the NATO
                            Status-of-Forces
                            Agreement or in
                            Accordance with the
                            provisions of the
                            ``Protocol on the
                            Status of International
                            Military
                            Headquarters''; Members
                            of Such a Force if
                            Issued Visas.
NATO 3...................  Official Clerical Staff   Art. 14, 5 UST
                            Accompanying              1096.
                            Representative of
                            Member State to NATO
                            (including any of its
                            Subsidiary Bodies), or
                            Immediate Family.
NATO 4...................  Official of NATO (Other   Art. 18, 5 UST
                            Than Those Classifiable   1098.
                            as NATO1), or Immediate
                            Family.
NATO 5...................  Experts, Other Than NATO  Art. 21, 5 UST
                            Officials Classifiable    1100.
                            Under NATO4, Employed
                            in Missions on Behalf
                            of NATO, and their
                            Dependents.
NATO 6...................  Member of a Civilian      Art. 1, 4 UST 1794;
                            Component Accompanying    Art. 3, 5 UST 877.
                            a Force Entering in
                            Accordance with the
                            Provisions of the NATO
                            Status-of-Forces
                            Agreement; Member of a
                            Civilian Component
                            Attached to or Employed
                            by an Allied
                            Headquarters Under the
                            ``Protocol on the
                            Status of International
                            Military Headquarters''
                            Set Up Pursuant to the
                            North Atlantic Treaty;
                            and their Dependents.
NATO 7...................  Attendant, Servant, or    Arts. 12-20, 5 UST
                            Personal Employee of      1094-1098.
                            NATO1, NATO2, NATO 3,
                            NATO4, NATO5, and NATO6
                            Classes, or Immediate
                            Family.
O1.......................  Alien with Extraordinary  101(a)(15)(O)(i).
                            Ability in Sciences,
                            Arts, Education,
                            Business or Athletics.
O2.......................  Alien Accompanying and    101(a)(15)(O)(ii).
                            Assisting in the
                            Artistic or Athletic
                            Performance by O1.
O3.......................  Spouse or Child of O1 or  101(a)(15)(O)(iii).
                            O2.
P1.......................  Internationally           101(a)(15)(P)(i).
                            Recognized Athlete or
                            Member of
                            Internationally
                            Recognized
                            Entertainment Group.
P2.......................  Artist or Entertainer in  101(a)(15)(P)(ii).
                            a Reciprocal Exchange
                            Program.
P3.......................  Artist or Entertainer in  101(a)(15)(P)(iii).
                            a Culturally Unique
                            Program.
P4.......................  Spouse or Child of P1,    101(a)(15)(P)(iv).
                            P2, or P3.
Q1.......................  Participant in an         101(a)(15)(Q)(i).
                            International Cultural
                            Exchange Program.
R1.......................  Alien in a Religious      101(a)(15)(R).
                            Occupation.
R2.......................  Spouse or Child of R1...  101(a)(15)(R).
S5.......................  Certain Aliens Supplying  101(a)(15)(S)(i).
                            Critical Information
                            Relating to a Criminal
                            Organization or
                            Enterprise.
S6.......................  Certain Aliens Supplying  101(a)(15)(S)(ii).
                            Critical Information
                            Relating to Terrorism.
S7.......................  Qualified Family Member   101(a)(15)(S).
                            of S5 or S6.
T1.......................  Victim of a severe form   101(a)(15)(T)(i).
                            of trafficking in
                            persons.
T2.......................  Spouse of T1............  101(a)(15)(T)(ii).
T3.......................  Child of T1.............  101(a)(15)(T)(ii).
T4.......................  Parent of T1............  101(a)(15)(T)(ii).
T5.......................  Unmarried Sibling under   101(a)(15)(T)(ii)
                            age 18 of T1.             as amended by sec.
                                                      201(a) of Pub. L.
                                                      110-457.
TN.......................  NAFTA Professional......  214(e)(2).
TD.......................  Spouse or Child of NAFTA  214(e)(2).
                            Professional.
U1.......................  Victim of criminal        101(a)(15)(U)(i).
                            activity.
U2.......................  Spouse of U1............  101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
U3.......................  Child of U1.............  101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
U4.......................  Parent of U1 under 21     101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
                            years of age.

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U5.......................  Unmarried Sibling under   101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
                            age 18 of U1 under 21
                            years of age.
V1.......................  Spouse of a Lawful        101(a)(15)(V)(i) or
                            Permanent Resident        101(a)(15)(V)(ii).
                            Alien Awaiting
                            Availability of
                            Immigrant Visa.
V2.......................  Child of a Lawful         101(a)(15)(V)(i) or
                            Permanent Resident        101(a)(15)(V)(ii).
                            Alien Awaiting
                            Availability of
                            Immigrant Visa.
V3.......................  Child of a V1 or V2.....  203(d) &
                                                      101(a)(15)(V)(i)
                                                      or
                                                      101(a)(15)(V)(ii).
------------------------------------------------------------------------

PART 42--[AMENDED]

0
3. The authority citation for Part 42 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1104; Pub. L. 107-56, sec. 421.


0
4. Revise Sec.  42.11 to read as follows:


Sec.  42.11  Classification symbols.

    A visa issued to an immigrant alien within one of the classes 
described below shall bear an appropriate visa symbol to show the 
classification of the alien.

                               Immigrants
------------------------------------------------------------------------
       Symbol                    Class                 Section of law
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                           Immediate Relatives
------------------------------------------------------------------------
IR1.................   Spouse of U.S. Citizen....   201(b).
IR2.................   Child of U.S. Citizen.....   201(b).
IR3.................   Orphan Adopted Abroad by     201(b) &
                       U.S. Citizen.                101(b)(1)(F).
IH3.................   Child from Hague            201(b) &
                       Convention Country Adopted   101(b)(1)(G).
                       Abroad by U.S. Citizen.
IR4.................  Orphan to be Adopted in       201(b) &
                       U.S. by U.S. Citizen.        101(b)(1)(F).
IH4.................   Child from Hague             201(b) &
                       Convention Country to be     101(b)(1)(G).
                       Adopted in U.S. by U.S.
                       Citizen.
IR5.................   Parent of U.S. Citizen at    201(b).
                       Least 21 Years of Age.
CR1.................   Spouse of U.S. Citizen       201(b) & 216.
                       (Conditional Status).
CR2.................   Child of U.S. Citizen        201(b) & 216.
                       (Conditional Status).
IW1.................   Certain Spouses of           201(b).
                       Deceased U.S. Citizens.
IW2.................   Child of IW1..............   201(b).
IB1.................   Self-petition Spouse of      204(a)(1)(A)(iii).
                       U.S. Citizen.
IB2.................   Self-petition child of       204(a)(1)(A)(iv).
                       U.S. Citizen.
IB3.................   Child of IB1..............   204(a)(1)(A)(iii).
VI5.................   Parent of U.S. Citizen Who   201(b) & sec. 2 of
                       Acquired Permanent           the Virgin Islands
                       Resident Status Under the    Nonimmigrant Alien
                       Virgin Islands               Adjustment Act,
                       Nonimmigrant Alien           (Pub. L. 97-271).
                       Adjustment Act.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                      Vietnam Amerasian Immigrants
------------------------------------------------------------------------
AM1.................   Vietnam Amerasian            584(b)(1)(A) of the
                       Principal.                   Foreign Operations,
                                                    Export Financing,
                                                    and Related Programs
                                                    Appropriations Act,
                                                    1988 (as contained
                                                    in section 101(e) of
                                                    Pub. L. 100-102) as
                                                    amended.
AM2.................   Spouse or Child of AM1....  584(b)(1)(A) and
                                                    584(b)(1)(B) of the
                                                    Foreign Operations,
                                                    Export Financing,
                                                    and Related Programs
                                                    Appropriations Act,
                                                    1988 (as contained
                                                    in section 101(e) of
                                                    Public Law 100-102)
                                                    as amended.
AM3.................   Natural Mother of AM1 (and   584(b)(1)(A) and
                       Spouse or Child of Such      584(b)(1)(C) of the
                       Mother) or Person Who has    Foreign Operations,
                       Acted in Effect as the       Export Financing,
                       Mother, Father, or Next-of-  and Related Programs
                       Kin of AM1 (and Spouse or    Appropriations Act,
                       Child of Such Person).       1988 (as contained
                                                    in section 101(e) of
                                                    Public Law 100-102)
                                                    as amended.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                           Special Immigrants
------------------------------------------------------------------------
SB1.................   Returning Resident........   101(a)(27)(A).
SC1.................   Person Who Lost U.S.         101(a)(27)(B) &
                       Citizenship by Marriage.     324(a).
SC2.................   Person Who Lost U.S.         101(a)(27)(B) & 327.
                       Citizenship by Serving in
                       Foreign Armed Forces.
SI1.................  Certain Aliens Employed by   Section 1059 of Pub.
                       the U.S. Government in       L. 109-163 as
                       Iraq or Afghanistan as       amended by Pub. L.
                       Translators or               110-36.
                       Interpreters.
SI2.................  Spouse of SI1..............   Section 1059 of Pub.
                                                    L. 109-163 as
                                                    amended by Pub. L.
                                                    110-36.
SI3.................  Child of SI1...............   Section 1059 of Pub.
                                                    L. 109-163 as
                                                    amended by Pub. L.
                                                    110-36.
SM1.................   Alien Recruited Outside      101(a)(27)(K).
                       the United States Who Has
                       Served or is Enlisted to
                       Serve in the U.S. Armed
                       Forces for 12 Years.

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SM2.................   Spouse of SM1.............   101(a)(27)(K).
SM3.................   Child of SM1..............   101(a)(27)(K).
SQ1.................   Certain Iraqis or Afghans    Section 602(b),
                       Employed by or on Behalf     Division F, Title
                       of the U.S. Government.      VI, Omnibus
                                                    Appropriations Act
                                                    of 2009, Pub. L. 111-
                                                    8 and Section 1244
                                                    of Pub. L. 110-181.
SQ2.................   Spouse of SQ1.............   Section 602(b),
                                                    Division F, Title
                                                    VI, Omnibus
                                                    Appropriations Act
                                                    of 2009, Pub. L. 111-
                                                    8 and Section 1244
                                                    of Pub. L. 110-181.
SQ3.................   Child of SQ1..............   Section 602(b),
                                                    Division F, Title
                                                    VI, Omnibus
                                                    Appropriations Act
                                                    of 2009, Pub. L. 111-
                                                    8 and Section 1244
                                                    of Pub. L. 110-181.
SU2.................   Spouse of U1..............   INA 245(m)(3) & INA
                                                    101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
SU3.................  Child of U1................   INA 245(m)(3) & INA
                                                    101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
SU5.................   Parent of U1..............   INA 245(m)(3) & INA
                                                    101(a)(15)(U)(ii).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                      Family-Sponsored Preferences
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          Family 1st Preference
------------------------------------------------------------------------
F11.................   Unmarried Son or Daughter    203(a)(1).
                       of U.S. Citizen.
F12.................  Child of F11...............  203(d) & 203(a)(1).
B11.................   Self-petition Unmarried      204(a)(1)(A)(iv) &
                       Son or Daughter of U.S.      203(a)(1).
                       Citizen.
B12.................   Child of B11..............   203(d),
                                                    204(a)(1)(A)(iv) &
                                                    203(a)(1).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
         Family 2nd Preference (Subject to Country Limitations)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
F21.................   Spouse of Lawful Permanent   203(a)(2)(A).
                       Resident.
F22.................  Child of Lawful Permanent    203(a)(2)(A).
                       Resident.
F23.................  Child of F21 or F22........  203(d) &
                                                    203(a)(2)(A).
F24.................  Unmarried Son or Daughter    203(a)(2)(B).
                       of Lawful Permanent
                       Resident.
F25.................  Child of F24...............   203(d) &
                                                    203(a)(2)(B).
C21.................   Spouse of Lawful Permanent   203(a)(2)(A) & 216.
                       Resident (Conditional).
C22.................   Child of Alien Resident     203(a)(2)(A) & 216.
                       (Conditional).
C23.................   Child of C21 or C22         203(d) & 203(a)(2)(A)
                       (Conditional).               & 216.
C24.................   Unmarried Son or Daughter    203(a)(2)(B) & 216.
                       of Lawful Permanent
                       Resident (Conditional).
C25.................   Child of F24 (Conditional)   203(d) &
                                                    203(a)(2)(B) & 216.
B21.................   Self-petition Spouse of      204(a)(1)(B)(ii).
                       Lawful Permanent Resident.
B22.................   Self-petition Child of       204(a)(1)(B)(iii).
                       Lawful Permanent Resident.
B23.................   Child of B21 or B22.......   203(d) &
                                                    204(a)(1)(B)(ii).
B24.................   Self-petition Unmarried     204(a)(1)(B)(iii).
                       Son or Daughter of Lawful
                       Permanent Resident.
B25.................   Child of B24..............   203(d) &
                                                    204(a)(1)(B)(iii).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
         Family 2nd Preference (Exempt from Country Limitations)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
FX1.................   Spouse of Lawful Permanent   202(a)(4)(A) &
                       Resident.                    203(a)(2)(A).
FX2.................   Child of Lawful Permanent   202(a)(4)(A) &
                       Resident.                    203(a)(2)(A).
FX3.................   Child of FX1 or FX2.......   202(a)(4)(A) &
                                                    203(a)(2)(A) &
                                                    203(d).
CX1.................   Spouse of Lawful Permanent   202(a)(4)(A) &
                       Resident (Conditional).      203(a)(2)(A) & 216.
CX2.................   Child of Lawful Permanent   202(a)(4)(A) &
                       Resident (Conditional).      203(a)(2)(A) & 216.
CX3.................   Child of CX1 or CX2         202(a)(4)(A) &
                       (Conditional).               203(a)(2)(A) &
                                                    203(d) & 216.
BX1.................   Self-petition Spouse of     204(a)(1)(B)(ii).
                       Lawful Permanent Resident.
BX2.................   Self-petition Child of      204(a)(1)(B)(iii).
                       Lawful Permanent Resident.
BX3.................   Child of BX1 or BX2.......   204(a)(1)(B)(ii) &
                                                    203(d).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          Family 3rd Preference
------------------------------------------------------------------------
F31.................   Married Son or Daughter of   203(a)(3).
                       U.S. Citizen.
F32.................  Spouse of F31..............   203(d) & 203(a)(3).
F33.................  Child of F31...............   203(d) & 203(a)(3).
C31.................   Married Son or Daughter of   203(a)(3) & 216.
                       U.S. Citizen (Conditional).
C32.................   Spouse of C31                203(d) & 203(a)(3) &
                       (Conditional).               216.
C33.................   Child of C31 (Conditional)   203(d) & 203(a)(3) &
                                                    216.
B31.................   Self-petition Married Son    204(a)(1)(A)(iv) &
                       or Daughter of U.S.          203(a)(3).
                       Citizen.
B32.................   Spouse of B31.............   203(d),
                                                    204(a)(1)(A)(iv) &
                                                    203(a)(3).
B33.................   Child of B31..............   203(d),
                                                    204(a)(1)(A)(iv) &
                                                    203(a)(3).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          Family 4th Preference
------------------------------------------------------------------------
F41.................   Brother or Sister of U.S.   203(a)(4).
                       Citizen at Least 21 Years
                       of Age.

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F42.................  Spouse of F41..............   203(d) & 203(a)(4).
F43.................   Child of F41..............   203(d) & 203(a)(4).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                      Employment-Based Preferences
              Employment 1st Preference (Priority Workers)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
E11.................   Alien with Extraordinary     203(b)(1)(A).
                       Ability.
E12.................   Outstanding Professor or     203(b)(1)(B).
                       Researcher.
E13.................   Multinational Executive or  203(b)(1)(C).
                       Manager.
E14.................   Spouse of E11, E12, or E13  203(d) & 203(b)(1)(A)
                                                    & 203(b)(1)(B) &
                                                    203(b)(1)(C).
E15.................   Child of E11, E12, or E13.   203(d) &
                                                    203(b)(1)(A) &
                                                    203(b)(1)(B) &
                                                    203(b)(1)(C).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Employment 2nd Preference (Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees or
                     Persons of Exceptional Ability)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
E21.................   Professional Holding        203(b)(2).
                       Advanced Degree or Alien
                       of Exceptional Ability.
E22.................   Spouse of E21.............   203(d) & 203(b)(2).
E23.................   Child of E21..............   203(d) & 203(b)(2).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Employment 3rd Preference (Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other
                                Workers)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
E31.................   Skilled Worker............   203(b)(3)(A)(i).
E32.................   Professional Holding         203(b)(3)(A)(ii).
                       Baccalaureate Degree.
E34.................   Spouse of E31 or E32......   203(d) &
                                                    203(b)(3)(A)(i) &
                                                    203(b)(3)(A)(ii).
E35.................   Child of E31 or E32.......   203(d) &
                                                    203(b)(3)(A)(i) &
                                                    203(b)(3)(A)(ii).
EW3.................   Other Worker (Subgroup       203(b)(3)(A)(iii).
                       Numerical Limit).
EW4.................   Spouse of EW3.............  203(d) &
                                                    203(b)(3)(A)(iii).
EW5.................   Child of EW3..............   203(d) &
                                                    203(b)(3)(A)(iii).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
         Employment 4th Preference (Certain Special Immigrants)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
BC1.................   Broadcaster in the U.S.      101(a)(27)(M) &
                       employed by the              203(b)(4).
                       International Broadcasting
                       Bureau of the Broadcasting
                       Board of Governors or a
                       grantee of such
                       organization.
BC2.................  Accompanying spouse of BC1.   101(a)(27)(M) &
                                                    203(b)(4).
BC3.................  Accompanying child of BC1..  101(a)(27)(M) &
                                                    203(b)(4).
SD1.................  Minister of Religion.......  101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(I)
                                                    & 203(b)(4).
SD2.................  Spouse of SD1..............  101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(I)
                                                    & 203(b)(4).
SD3.................  Child of SD1...............  101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(I)
                                                    & 203(b)(4).
SE1.................  Certain Employees or Former  101(a)(27)(D) &
                       Employees of the U.S.        203(b)(4).
                       Government Abroad.
SE2.................  Spouse of SE1..............   101(a)(27)(D) &
                                                    203(b)(4).
SE3.................  Child of SE1...............  101(a)(27)(D) &
                                                    203(b)(4).
SF1.................  Certain Former Employees of  101(a)(27)(E) & 203
                       the Panama Canal Company     (b)(4).
                       or Canal Zone Government.
SF2.................  Spouse or Child of SF1.....  101(a)(27)(E) & 203
                                                    (b)(4).
SG1.................   Certain Former Employees    101(a)(27)(F) & 203
                       of the U.S. Government in    (b)(4).
                       the Panama Canal Zone.
SG2.................   Spouse or Child of SG1....  101(a)(27)(F) & 203
                                                    (b)(4).
SH1.................   Certain Former Employees     101(a)(27)(G) & 203
                       of the Panama Canal          (b)(4).
                       Company or Canal Zone
                       Government on April 1,
                       1979.
SH2.................  Spouse or Child of SH1.....  101(a)(27)(G) &
                                                    203(b)(4).
SJ1.................  Certain Foreign Medical       101(a)(27)(H).
                       Graduates (Adjustments
                       Only).
SJ2.................  Accompanying Spouse or        101(a)(27)(H) &
                       Child of SJ1.                203(b)(4).
SK1.................   Certain Retired             101(a)(27)(I)(iii) &
                       International Organization   203(b)(4).
                       employees.
SK2.................   Spouse of SK1.............   101(a)(27)(I)(iv) &
                                                    203(b)(4).
SK3.................   Certain Unmarried Sons or    101(a)(27)(I)(i) &
                       Daughters of an              203(b)(4).
                       International Organization
                       Employee.
SK4.................   Certain Surviving Spouses    101(a)(27)(I)(ii) &
                       of a deceased                203(b)(4).
                       International Organization
                       Employee.
SL1.................   Juvenile Court Dependent    101(a)(27)(J) &
                       (Adjustment Only).           203(b)(4).
SN1.................   Certain retired NATO6        101(a)(27)(L) &
                       civilians.                   203(b)(4).
SN2.................   Spouse of SN1.............   101(a)(27)(L) &
                                                    203(b)(4).
SN3.................   Certain unmarried sons or   101(a)(27)(L) &
                       daughters of NATO6           203(b)(4).
                       civilian employees.
SN4.................   Certain surviving spouses    101(a)(27)(L) &
                       of deceased NATO6 civilian   203(b)(4).
                       employees.
SP..................  Alien Beneficiary of a       Section 421 of Public
                       petition or labor            Law 107-56.
                       certification application
                       filed prior to September
                       11, 2001, if the petition
                       or application was
                       rendered void due to a
                       terrorist act of September
                       11, 2001. Spouse, child of
                       such alien, or the
                       grandparent of a child
                       orphaned by a terrorist
                       act of September 11, 2001.
SR1.................   Certain Religious Workers.  101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(II)
                                                    & (III) as amended,
                                                    & 203(b)(4).
SR2.................   Spouse of SR1.............  101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(II)
                                                    & (III) as amended,
                                                    & 203(b)(4).
SR3.................   Child of SR1..............   101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(II
                                                    ) & (III) as
                                                    amended, &
                                                    203(b)(4).
------------------------------------------------------------------------

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   Employment 5th Preference (Employment Creation Conditional Status)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
C51.................   Employment Creation          203(b)(5)(A).
                       OUTSIDE Targeted Areas.
C52.................   Spouse of C51.............   203(d) &
                                                    203(b)(5)(A).
C53.................   Child of C51..............   203(d) &
                                                    203(b)(5)(A).
T51.................   Employment Creation IN       203(b)(5)(B).
                       Targeted Rural/High
                       Unemployment Area.
T52.................   Spouse of T51.............  203(d) & 203
                                                    (b)(5)(B).
T53.................   Child of T51..............  203(d) &
                                                    203(b)(5)(B).
R51.................   Investor Pilot Program,      203(b)(5) & Sec. 610
                       Not in Targeted Area.        of the Departments
                                                    of Commerce,
                                                    Justice, and State,
                                                    the Judiciary and
                                                    Related Agencies
                                                    Appropriations Act,
                                                    1993 (Pub. L. 102-
                                                    395), as amended.
R52.................   Spouse of R51.............   203(d) & 203(b)(5) &
                                                    Sec. 610 of the
                                                    Departments of
                                                    Commerce, Justice,
                                                    and State, the
                                                    Judiciary and
                                                    Related Agencies
                                                    Appropriations Act,
                                                    1993 (Pub. L. 102-
                                                    395), as amended.
R53.................   Child of R51..............  203(d) & 203(b)(5) &
                                                    Sec. 610 of the
                                                    Departments of
                                                    Commerce, Justice,
                                                    and State, the
                                                    Judiciary and
                                                    Related Agencies
                                                    Appropriations Act,
                                                    1993 (Pub. L. 102-
                                                    395), as amended.
I51.................  Investor Pilot Program, in   203(b)(5) & Sec. 610
                       Targeted Area.               of the Departments
                                                    of Commerce,
                                                    Justice, and State,
                                                    the Judiciary and
                                                    Related Agencies
                                                    Appropriations Act,
                                                    1993 (Pub. L. 102-
                                                    395), as amended.
 I52................   Spouse of I51.............  203(d) & 203(b)(5) &
                                                    Sec. 610 of the
                                                    Departments of
                                                    Commerce, Justice,
                                                    and State, the
                                                    Judiciary and
                                                    Related Agencies
                                                    Appropriations Act,
                                                    1993 (Pub. L. 102-
                                                    395), as amended.
I53.................   Child of I51..............   203(d) & 203(b)(5) &
                                                    Sec. 610 of the
                                                    Departments of
                                                    Commerce, Justice,
                                                    and State, the
                                                    Judiciary and
                                                    Related Agencies
                                                    Appropriations Act,
                                                    1993 (Pub. L. 102-
                                                    395), as amended.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  Other Numerically Limited Categories
                          Diversity Immigrants
------------------------------------------------------------------------
DV1.................   Diversity Immigrant.......   203(c).
DV2.................   Spouse of DV1.............   203(d) & 203(c).
DV3.................   Child of DV1..............   203(d) & 203(c).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


    November 16, 2009.
Michael D. Kirby,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. E9-28277 Filed 11-24-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4710-06-P




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