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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AB97 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Implementation of AC21, the VWPPA, and the ACWIA 
Abstract: The American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21), Public Law 106-313, was enacted on October 17, 2000, along with two bills, the Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act (VWPPA), 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 the Department of Homeland Security (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 21st 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 DHS practice is consistent with these laws. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 202; 8 CFR 204; CFR 205; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 248 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.
Legal Authority: PL 105-277; PL 106-313; PL 107-273; INA 101(a)(15)(H); PL 106-396; 8 USC 1184(g)(5) 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2014   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Duplicate of 1615-AA55 
Agency Contact:
Kevin J. Cummings
Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20529-2140
Phone:202 272-1470
Fax:202 272-1480
Email: kevin.j.cummings@uscis.dhs.gov

 
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