[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 130 (Friday, July 6, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 31451]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-14513]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

22 CFR Part 41

[Public Notice 10425]
RIN 1400-AD17


Visas: Documentation of Nonimmigrants Under the Immigration and 
Nationality Act, as Amended

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: As a result of this rule, the Department of State finalizes 
without change a final rule establishing that a passport and a visa is 
required of a British, French, or Netherlands national, or of a 
national of Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, or Trinidad and 
Tobago, who has residence in British, French, or Netherlands territory 
located in the adjacent islands of the Caribbean area, or has residence 
in Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago, if the 
alien is proceeding to the United States as an agricultural worker. In 
light of past experience, and to promote consistency of treatment 
across H-2A agricultural workers, prudent border management requires 
that these temporary workers obtain a visa, which already is required 
of most other H-2A agricultural workers. The previous rule created a 
vulnerability by allowing temporary workers from these countries to 
enter the United States without a visa. As a consequence of the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revising its regulations in 
parallel with State Department actions, temporary workers from these 
countries will continue to need H-2A visas to enter the United States.

DATES: The rule is effective on August 6, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: U.S. Department of State, Office of 
Legislation and Regulations, CA/VO/L/R, 600 19th Street NW, Washington, 
DC 20522, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 4, 2016, the Department of State 
(Department) published an interim final rule that would require a 
British, French, or Netherlands national, or a national of Antigua, 
Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago, who has a residence 
in British, French, or Netherlands territory located in the adjacent 
islands of the Caribbean area, or has residence in Antigua, Barbados, 
Grenada, Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago, to obtain a passport and visa 
if the alien is proceeding to the United States as an agricultural 
worker. A minor correction was published on February 12, 2016.
    For further information about this rulemaking, please see the 
interim final rule, published at 81 FR 5906 and correction, published 
at 81 FR 7454.
    Analysis of Comments: Public comments were due on April 4, 2016. 
The Department received three comments. One comment supported the rule 
as a necessary security measure. The Department will not make any 
changes in response to this comment. The remaining two comments were 
not responsive to the rulemaking. One comment was critical of United 
States immigration policies gemerally, and the other indicated support 
for the rule but focused on issues related to domestic agricultural 
concerns. Accordingly, the rule is final as published.

Regulatory Findings

    The Regulatory Findings included in the interim final rule are 
incorporated herein.

Executive Order 12866 and 13771

    OMB has designated this rule ``not significant'' under E.O. 12866. 
This rule is not subject to the requirements of E.O. 13771 (82 FR 9339, 
February 3, 2017) because this rule is not significant under E.O. 12866 
.
    The costs of this rulemaking are discussed in the companion DHS 
rule, RIN 1651-AB09, included elsewhere in this edition of the Federal 
Register. That discussion is incorporated by reference herein. The 
Department has reviewed the costs and benefits of this rule to ensure 
its consistency with the regulatory philosophy and principles set forth 
in Executive Order 12866 and has determined that the benefits of this 
rule justify its costs.
    Accordingly, the interim rule amending 22 CFR part 41 which was 
published at 81 FR 5906 on February 4, 2016, is adopted as final 
without change.

    Dated: June 29, 2018.
Carl C. Risch,
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2018-14513 Filed 7-5-18; 8:45 am]
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