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Changing the Name of the Alien Registration Receipt Card to the Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) [63 FR 70313] [FR 88-98]
FEDERAL REGISTER CITE:
63 FR 70313
DATE OF PUBLICATION:
December 21, 1998
BILLING CODE 4410-10-M
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Immigration and Naturalization Service
8 CFR Parts 100, 101, 103, 204, 210, 211,
216, 245, 247, 264, 299, 316, 338, and 341
[INS No. 1896-97]
Changing the Name of the Alien Registration Receipt Card to the Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
Immigration and Naturalization Service, Justice.
This rule amends the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Service) regulations by revising the name of the Form I-551 from "Alien Registration Receipt Card" to "Permanent Resident Card." Although known officially as the "Alien Registration receipt Card," Form I-551 identifies the permanent resident status of the cardholder and is often referred to as the "Permanent Resident Card." Renaming the card the "Permanent Resident Card" allows the Service to officially adopt the more accurate and convenient usa
ge. To facilitate the name change, this final rule allows the Service to continue using both valid versions of the Form I-551 (titled "Alien Registration Receipt Card") while using and referring to the new generation of the Form I-551, the "Permanent Resident Card." This is a change in name only and will not alter any policy or procedures.
This final rule is effective January 20, 1999.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michael Valverde, Program Analyst, Adjudications Division, Residence and Status, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Room 3214, 425 I Street, NW., Washington, DC 20536, telephone (202) 514-2763.
On September 1, 1997, the Service began using the integrated Card production System (ICPS) to produce the Permanent Resident Card, previously known as the Alien Registration Receipt Card (ARC). As a result, there now are two acceptable Forms I-551 with different titles currently in use. Both of these forms with different titles will remain valid until the ARC cards expire or are replaced.
Why Change the Name?
The Service renamed the card for convenience and usage. The Service issues the Form I-551 card as evidence of the holding of status as a permanent resident by a qualified noncitizen. Although the Form I-551 is known officially as the "Alien Registration Receipt Card," it also is referred to as the "Permanent Resident Card." The Service renamed the card to conform to this more accurate usage.
How Will the 8 CFR be Changed?
This rule amends the 8 CFR by revising the term "Alien Registration Receipt Card" to read "Permanent Resident Card" where appropriate. This rule does not affect or invalidate currently valid versions of the Form I-551, nor does it make any changes in the application procedure for a new cared. Until the ARCs are replaced or expire, the term "Permanent Resident Card" will also mean "Alien Registration Receipt Card."
What is the Service's Justification for Publishing This as a Final Rule?
The Service's implementation of this rule as a final rule is based upon the "good cause" exceptions found at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A), (B) and (d)(3). The reason for this determination is that this rule pertains to an agency practice and does not affect either the application or adjudication procedures. It is administrative in nature and only changes the name of the Form I-551.
Regulatory 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 economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because this rule only changes the name of Form I-551 from "Alien Registration Receipt Card" to "Permanent Resident Card." Current cardholders do not need to replace their card with the new Form I-551 until their card
expires. Moreover, all currently valid Form I-551 versions will continue to satisfy the requirement for a document under list "A" of the Employment Verification Eligibility Worksheet (Form I-9). This rule does not affect small entities as that term is defined in 5 U.S.C. 601(6).
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995
This final rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any one year, and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995.
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996
The final rule is not a major rule as defined by section 804 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based companies to compete with foreign-based companies in domestic and export markets.
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 12988 Civil Justice Reform
This final rule meets the applicable standards set forth in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988.
Executive Order 12612
This regulation will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the National Government and the States, or on the distribution of powers 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.