Immigration Federal Register Publications

The Federal Register is a centralized means of publishing important government documents such as regulations, presidential documents and notices. Before the Federal Register, thousands of agency rules, decisions, notices and other important documents were published without reference to any organized system or plan. Lawyers, citizens, courts, and even Federal agencies operated in ignorance of the applicable law.

This situation led to passage of the Federal Register Act in 1935. The Act created the daily publication known as the Federal Register. Since Saturday, March 14, 1936, each daily issue of the Federal Register has published, in order: (1) Presidential documents, such as proclamations and executive orders; (2) Agency rules and regulations; (3) Proposed rules; (4) Notices; and (5) Notices of Sunshine Act meetings.

Federal Register Publications contain proposed, interim and final rules, as well as notices. Most rules are published first as proposals and the public is invited to comment on them before they become final and have the force of law. Interim and final rules have the force of law. These materials provide valuable insight and commentary on the regulations contained in 8 CFR.

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