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Removal of Form I-151, Alien Registration Receipt Card, From the Listing of Forms Recognized as Evidence of Registration for Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens [61 FR 37673] [FR 62-96]
FEDERAL REGISTER CITE:
61 FR 37673
July 19, 1996
BILLING CODE 4410-10-M
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Immigration and Naturalization Service
8 CFR Part 264
[INS No. 1686-95]
Removal of Form I-151, Alien Registration Receipt Card, From the
Listing of Forms Recognized as Evidence of Registration for
Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens
Immigration and Naturalization Service, Justice.
This final rule amends the regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) by removing Form I-151, Alien Registration Receipt Card, from the listing of forms recognized as evidence of registration as a lawful permanent resident alien. This rule is necessary to complete the establishment of the current Alien Registration Receipt Card, Form I-551, as the exclusive registration card authorized for use by permanent resident aliens.
August 19, 1996.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Gerard Casale, Senior Adjudications Officer, Immigration and Naturalization
Service, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536, telephone (202) 514-5014.
Section 264(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act) provides that every immigrant alien required to register under section 262 of the Act "shall be issued a certificate of alien registration or an alien registration receipt card in such form and manner and at such time as shall be prescribed under regulations issued by the Attorney General." Regulations on this subject, issued under the Attorney General's authority by the INS, are contained in 8 CFR part 264. In particular, 8 CFR 264.1(a) lists
the forms prescribed by the Service for the registration of aliens under the Act.
On September 20, 1993, the INS published a final rule in the Federal Register at 58 FR 48775-48780, which provided that the current Form I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card would be established as the exclusive form of registration for lawful permanent resident aliens, by terminating the validity of the old Form I-151, Alien Registration Receipt Card. The reasons for terminating the validity of the Form I-151 card were discussed in a previous notice of proposed rulemaking published on May 28, 1993, at 58
FR 31000-31003. The final rulemaking published on September 20, 1993, also addressed the public comments which had been solicited on that subject. The INS concluded that, since it was no longer sound public policy to recognize Alien Registration Receipt Cards which predate the current Form I-551, the Form I-551 card must be established as the exclusive Alien Registration Receipt Card. The rule provided for removal of Form I-151 from 8 CFR parts 204, 211, 223, 223a, 235, 251, 252, 274a, 299, 316, and 334
, effective September 20, 1994. It also amended 8 CFR part 264 to provide procedures, effective October 20, 1993, by which bearers of the old Form I-151 card can apply to replace it with the current Form I-551 card.
On September 14, 1994, the INS published a final rule (see 59 FR 47063) that delayed the effective date of the amendments to 8 CFR parts 204, 211, 223, 235, 251, 252, 274a, 299, 316, and 334, from September 20, 1994, until March 20, 1995. Subsequently, the INS published another final rule on March 17, 1995 (see 60 FR 14353), which again deferred the effective date of those changes to March 20, 1996.
It later came to the attention of the INS that the intended removal of Form I-151 from the list of forms prescribed in 8 CFR 264.1(b) as evidence of registration for resident aliens had been inadvertently omitted from the previous rulemaking process. Therefore a proposed rule published on May 24, 1995, at 60 FR 27441-27442, provided for the removal of the Form I-151 card from that list. The effective date of removal originally was set for March 20, 1996, the same date on which the other remaining reference
s to Form I-151 as a valid registration card were terminated under the final rule published March 17, 1995. Interested persons were invited to submit written comments on
or before July 24, 1995.
The Service received one written comment regarding the proposed rule. Since the closing of the period for public comment, no new factors have impacted the issues raised and discussed in the proposed rule. The following discussion summarizes the Service's conclusions, including issues raised by the commenter.
Removal of Form I-151 From the List of Prescribed Service Forms
The previous rule published on September 20, 1993, provided for removal of the Form I-151 Alien Registration Receipt Card from the list of prescribed INS forms in 8 CFR part 299. In addition, this rule removes Form I-151 from a similar listing in 8 CFR 264.1, relating to forms recognized as evidence of registration for lawful permanent residence. It completes the establishment of the current Form I-551 card as the exclusive registration document for lawful permanent residents, a declared policy objective
since the first Form I-151 card replacement program was published in the Federal Register in June 1992.
Returning Immigrants Not in Possession of Valid Form I-551 Cards
In order to effectively establish the current Form I-551 card as the exclusive registration document for permanent resident aliens, the previously cited final rule of September 20, 1993, provided that the old Form I-151 card would no longer be a valid document. In particular, 8 CFR 211.1, 211.3, 211.5, and 235.9 were amended to remove references to the Form I-151 as a valid document for admission to the United States at Ports-of-Entry. These changes were twice published in the
once in the proposed rule dated May 28, 1993, and again in the final rule dated September 20, 1993, cited above. Although public comments regarding various provisions of the proposed rule were received, none raised an objection regarding the amendments to 8 CFR parts 211 and 235.
In response to the present rule, the single commenter expressed concern that on the date when the old Form I-151 would cease to be a valid entry document for the purposes of admission to the United States there would be some bearers of Form I-151 card outside the United States, unaware that the validity of the card had terminated. He proposed that air carriers that return such aliens to the United States be exempted from the administrative fines which section 273 of the Act prescribes for transportation co
mpanies that bring immigrants who are not in possession of a valid immigrant visa. The commenter's discussion on this point is not timely. The rule which amended the documentary requirements of 8 CFR 211.1(b) to require returning permanent resident aliens to present a valid Form I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card at a Port-of-Entry became final more than 2 years ago, on September 20, 1993. As previously stated, no objections were raised during the public comment period preceding adoption of that rule.
In meritorious cases of permanent resident aliens who arrive at a Port-of-Entry with an expired Form I-151 card, the Act and INS regulations allow the INS to grant discretionary relief. 8 CFR 211.1(b)(3) provides that an immigrant returning to an unrelinquished lawful permanent residence who can satisfy the district director in charge of the Port-of-Entry that there is good cause for his or her failure to present a valid Form I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card may be granted a waiver of that requirement
upon the filing of either a Form I-193 visa waiver application or a Form I-90 card replacement application. Moreover, section 273(e)(2) of the Act grants the INS authority to waive a carrier's liability for transporting such an alien, provided it has determined that the circumstances justify such a waiver.
An INS policy memorandum HQ 70/28-P/HQ 70/11.1-P, dated March 19, 1996, provided that the implementation of the final rule terminating the validity of the Form I-151 card was deferred to April 20, 1996. The memorandum also provides transitional procedures for the processing of returning lawful permanent residents in possession of Form I-151 who apply for admission to
the United States at Ports-of-Entry after March 20, 1996. Pursuant to that memorandum and until further notice, lawful permanent resident aliens who present a Form I-151 card, have not made a prior entry since March 20, 1996, and are found to be otherwise admissible to the United States will be admitted and furnished with instructions for the filing of a Form I-90, Application for Replacement Alien Registration Card, and/or instructions regarding the documentation necessary to apply for any subsequent read
mission to the United States. The memorandum further provides that, until further notice, the INS Port-of-Entry will not recommend fines under section 273 of the Act against carriers that transport lawful permanent resident aliens bearing Form I-151 cards.
Regualtory Flexibility Act
The Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), has reviewed this regulation and, by approving it, certifies that the rule will not have a significant adverse economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because of the following factors. The provisions of this rule merely clarify the requirements of existing regulations regarding the documentation of lawful permanent resident aliens. Therefore, the new provis
ions will have no significant adverse economic impact on the small entities.
Executive Order 12866
This rule is not considered by the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, to be a "significant regulatory action" under Executive Order 12866, section 3(f), Regulatory Planning and Review, and the Office of Management and Budget has waived its review process under section 6(a)(3)(A).
Executive Order 12612
The regulations proposed herein will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the National Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 12612, it is determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment.
List of Subjects in 8 CFR Part 264
Aliens, Immigration, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
Accordingly, part 264 of chapter I of Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:
PART 264--REGISTRATION AND FINGERPRINTING OF ALIENS IN THE UNITED STATES
1. The authority citation for part 264 continues to read as follows:
8 U.S.C. 1103, 1201, 1201a, 1301-1305.
§ 264.1 [Amended]
2. In § 264.1, paragraph (b) is amended by removing the Form Number and Class Reference to Form "I-151" from the listing of forms.
May 29, 1996
Commissioner,Immigration and Naturalization Service.