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DHS/USCBP RIN: 1651-AB09 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Elimination of Nonimmigrant Visa Exemption for Certain Caribbean Residents Coming to the United States as H-2A Agricultural Workers 

This interim final rule revises Department of Homeland Security regulations to eliminate the nonimmigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents seeking to come to the United States as H-2A agricultural workers and the spouses or children who accompany or follow these workers to the United States. As a result, these nonimmigrants will be required to have both a valid passport and visa. The Department of State is simultaneously revising its parallel regulations.

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: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212.1   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1182   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  02/18/2016  81 FR 6430   
Interim Final Rule Effective  02/19/2016 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  04/08/2016 
Final Action  03/00/2017 
Additional Information: The State Department is revising 22 CFR 41.2
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 Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related Agencies: Common: STATE; 
Agency Contact:
Rafael Henry
Supervisory CBP Officer (Program Manager)
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20229
Phone:202 344-3251