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DHS/USCBP RIN: 1651-AA97 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Waiver of Passport and Visa Requirements Due to an Unforeseen Emergency 

This rule proposes to reinstate a 1996 amendment to 8 CFR 212.1(g) regarding a waiver of documentary requirements for nonimmigrants seeking admission to the United States. The 1996 amendment allowed the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to waive passport and visa requirements due to an unforeseen emergency while preserving its ability to fine carriers for unlawfully transporting aliens to the United States who do not have a valid passport or visa. On November 20, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit invalidated the 1996 amendment based on procedural grounds.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212.1   
Legal Authority: 212(a)(7)(B) INA 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(7)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/08/2016  81 FR 12032   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/09/2016 
Final Rule  12/00/2016 
Final Rule Effective  01/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Joseph R. O'Donnell
Program Manager, Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Division
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Office of Field Operations, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20229
Phone:202 344-1691