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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AA35 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Petitioning Requirements for the H-1C Nonimmigrant Classification Under Public Law 106-95 

On November 12, 1999, the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act (NRDAA) was enacted, creating a new H-1C nonimmigrant nurse category. This rule amends the Department of Homeland Security's regulations to implement the NRDAA requirements related to the adjudication petitions for the H-1C classification. Congress did not reauthorize the NRDAA in 2009, and therefore USCIS stopped accepting petitions for the H-1C nonimmigrant category after December 21, 2009. This expiration does not affect the ability of nurses to apply for readmission and, in limited circumstances, extension of stay for H-1Cs who have not exceeded the 3-year limit for admission in this classification.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214.1    8 CFR 214.2    8 CFR 248.3    8 CFR 299.1   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101    8 U.S.C. 1182    8 U.S.C. 1184    8 U.S.C. 1186a    8 U.S.C. 1187   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  06/11/2001  66 FR 31107   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  08/10/2001    
Final Rule  To Be Determined 
Additional Information: CIS No. 2050-00; Transferred from RIN 1115-AF76.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Merged with 1615-AB95 
Agency Contact:
Phillip Elder
Associate Counsel
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20529
Phone:202 272-1400
Fax:202 272-1405