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DHS/USCBP RIN: 1651-AA77 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Implementation of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program(Section 610 Review) 
Abstract:

The interim final rule (or the final rule planned for the coming year) amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to implement section 702 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA). This law extends the immigration laws of the United States to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and provides for a joint visa waiver program for travel to Guam and the CNMI. This rule implements section 702 of the CNRA by amending the regulations to replace the current Guam Visa Waiver Program with a new Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. The amended regulations set forth the requirements for nonimmigrant visitors who seek admission for business or pleasure and solely for entry into and stay on Guam or the CNMI without a visa. This rule also establishes six ports of entry in the CNMI for purposes of administering and enforcing the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. Section 702 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), subject to a transition period, extends the immigration laws of the United States to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and provides for a visa waiver program for travel to Guam and/or the CNMI. On January 16, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), issued an interim final rule in the Federal Register replacing the then-existing Guam Visa Waiver Program with the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program and setting forth the requirements for nonimmigrant visitors seeking admission into Guam and/or the CNMI under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. As of November 28, 2009, the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program is operational. This program allows nonimmigrant visitors from eligible countries to seek admission for business or pleasure for entry into Guam and/or the CNMI without a visa for a period of authorized stay not to exceed 45 days. This rulemaking would finalize the January 2009 interim final rule.

 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
RFA Section 610 Review: Section 610 Review 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 100.4    8 CFR 212.1    8 CFR 233.5    8 CFR 235.5    19 CFR 4.7b    19 CFR 122.49a   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-229, sec 702   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Pub. L. 110-229  11/04/2008 
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  01/16/2009  74 FR 2824   
Interim Final Rule Effective  01/16/2009    
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  03/17/2009    
Technical Amendment; Change of Implementation Date  05/28/2009  74 FR 25387   
Final Action  08/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Related RINs: Related to 1651-AA81 
Agency Contact:
Stephanie Watson
Supervisory Program Manager
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Office of Field Operations, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 2.5B-38,
Washington, DC 20229
Phone:202 325-4548
Email: stephanie.e.watson@cbp.dhs.gov