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DHS/USCBP RIN: 1651-AB37 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Visa Waiver Program Automation and Electronic Travel Authorization; Creation of CNMI Economic Vitality & Security Travel Authorization Program  

Section 702 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA) extended 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 the CNMI.  This rule amends the Department of Homeland Security implementing regulations to require persons intending to travel to Guam or the CNMI under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program (G-CNMI VWP) to electronically submit Form I-736 in advance and receive an electronic travel authorization prior to embarking on a carrier for travel to Guam or the CNMI.  This rule also establishes the CNMI Economic Vitality & Security Travel Authorization Program (EVS-TAP) as a Restricted Sub-Program of the G-CNMI VWP.  This program is being established based on recommendations pursuant to consultations between the United States and the CNMI under Section 902 of the Covenant to Establish the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America.  Once implemented, the CNMI EVS-TAP will allow prescreened nationals of the People’s Republic of China to travel without a visa only to the CNMI under specified conditions.

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: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, Pub. L. 110–229, sec. 702 (May 8, 2008)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  05/00/2022 
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 
Agency Contact:
Neyda I. Yejo
Program Manager, Electronic System for Travel Authorization, Office of Field Operations
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20229
Phone:202 344-2373