[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 244 (Monday, December 21, 1998)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 70313-70316]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-33667]


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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]
RIN 1115-AF01


Changing the Name of the Alien Registration Receipt Card to the 
Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)

AGENCY: Immigration and Naturalization Service, Justice.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This rule amends the Immigration and Naturalization Service 
(Service) regulations by revising the name of the Form I-551 from 
``Alien

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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 usage. 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.

DATES: 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    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.

List of Subjects

8 CFR Part 100

    Organization of functions (government agencies).

8 CFR Part 101

    Immigration.

8 CFR Part 103

    Administrative practice and procedure, Authority delegations 
(government agencies), Freedom of information, Privacy, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Surety bonds.

8 CFR Part 204

    Administrative practice and procedure, Immigration, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

8 CFR Part 210

    Aliens, Migrant labor, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

8 CFR Part 211

    Immigration, Passports, and visas, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

8 CFR Part 216

    Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens.

8 CFR Part 245

    Aliens, Immigration, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

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8 CFR Part 247

    Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens, Immigration, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

8 CFR Part 264

    Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

8 CFR Part 299

    Immigration, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

8 CFR Part 316

    Citizenship and naturalization, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

8 CFR Part 338

    Citizenship and naturalization, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

8 CFR Part 341

    Citizenship and naturalization, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    Accordingly, chapter I of title 8 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations is amended as follows:

PART 100--STATEMENT OF ORGANIZATION

    1. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103; 8 CFR part 2.

Sec. 100.4  [Amended]

    2. In Sec. 100.4, paragraph (c)(2) introductory text is amended in 
the fifth sentence by revising the phrase ``alien registration receipt 
cards'' to read ``Permanent Resident Cards''.

PART 101--PRESUMPTION OF LAWFUL ADMISSION

    3. The authority citation for part 101 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103, 8 CFR part 2.


Sec. 101.4  [Amended]

    4. Section 101.4 is amended by revising the phrase ``an Alien 
Registration Receipt Card'' to read ``a Permanent Resident Card''.

PART 103--POWERS AND DUTIES OF SERVICE OFFICERS; AVAILABILITY OF 
SERVICE RECORDS

    5. The authority citation for part 103 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552, 552a; 8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103, 1201, 1252 
note, 1252b, 1304, 1356, 31 U.S.C. 9701; E.O. 12356, 47 FR 14874, 
15557, 3 CFR, 1982 Comp., p. 166; 8 CFR part 2.


Sec. 103.2  [Amended]

    6. In Sec. 103.2, paragraph (b)(17) is amended in the second 
sentence by revising the phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Cards'' to 
read ``Permanent Resident Cards''.


Sec. 103.21  [Amended]

    7. In Sec. 103.21, paragraph (b)(1) is amended by revising the 
phrase ``alien registration receipt card'' to read ``Permanent Resident 
Card''.

PART 204--IMMIGRANT PETITIONS

    8. The authority citation for part 204 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103, 1151, 1153, 1154, 1182, 1186a, 
1255; 8 CFR part 2.


Sec. 204.1  [Amended]

    9. In Sec. 204.1, paragraph (g)(1)(vii) is amended in the first 
sentence by revising the phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to 
read ``Permanent Resident Card''.

PART 210--SPECIAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS

    10. The authority citation for part 210 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103, 1160, 8 CFR part 2.


Sec. 210.1  [Amended]

    11. In Sec. 210.1, paragraph (b) is amended in the last sentence by 
revising the phrase ``Form I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to 
read ``Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card''.


Sec. 210.5  [Amended]

    12. In Sec. 210.5, paragraph (b)(1) is amended in the first 
sentence by revising the phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to 
read ``Permanent Resident Card''.

PART 211--DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS: IMMIGRANTS; WAIVERS

    13. The authority citation for part 211 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103, 1181, 1182, 1203, 1225, 1227; 8 
CFR part 2.

Sec. 211.1  [Amended]

    14. In Sec. 211.1, paragraph (a)(2) is amended by revising the 
phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to read ``Permanent Resident 
Card''.
    15. In Sec. 211.1, paragraph (a)(5) is amended by revising the 
phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to read ``Permanent Resident 
Card''.
    16. In Sec. 211.1, paragraph (b)(3) is amended in the second 
sentence by revising the phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to 
read ``Permanent Resident Card''.


Sec. 211.5  [Amended]

    17. In Sec. 211.5, paragraph (c) is amended in the last sentence by 
revising the phrase ``alien registration receipt card'' to read 
``Permanent Resident Card''.

PART 216--CONDITIONAL BASIS OF LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENCE STATUS

    18. The authority citation for part 216 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103, 1154, 1184, 1186a, 1186b, and 8 
CFR part 2.


Sec. 216.4  [Amended]

    19. In Sec. 216.4, paragraph (d)(1) is amended by revising the 
phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to read ``Permanent Resident 
Card'' wherever it appears in this paragraph.
    20. In Sec. 216.4, paragraph (d)(2) is amended in the third 
sentence by revising the phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to 
read ``Permanent Resident Card''.


Sec. 216.5  [Amended]

    21. In Sec. 216.5, paragraph (f) is amended in the second sentence 
by revising the phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to read 
``Permanent Resident Card''.


Sec. 216.6  [Amended]

    22. In Sec. 216.6, paragraph (d)(1) is amended by revising the 
phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to read ``Permanent Resident 
Card'' whenever it appears in this paragraph.
    23. In Sec. 216.6, paragraph (d)(2) is amended in the third 
sentence by revising the phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to 
read ``Permanent Resident Card''.

PART 245--ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TO THAT OF PERSON ADMITTED FOR 
PERMANENT RESIDENCE

    24. The authority citation for part 245 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103, 1182, 1255; 8 CFR part 2.


Sec. 245.2  [Amended]

    25. In Sec. 245.2, paragraph (b) is amended in the second sentence 
by revising the phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to read 
``Permanent Resident Card''.

PART 247--ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF CERTAIN RESIDENT ALIENS

    26. The authority citation for part 247 is revised to read as 
follows:


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    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103, and 1257.


Sec. 247.14  [Amended]

    27. Section 247.14 is amended by revising the phrase ``alien-
registration receipt card'' to read ``Permanent Resident Card''.

PART 264--REGISTRATION AND FINGERPRINTING OF ALIENS IN THE UNITED 
STATES

    28. The authority citation for part 264 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103, 1201, 2101a, 1301-1305.


Sec. 264.1  [Amended]

    29. In Sec. 264.1(b), the entry for the Form I-551 is amended by 
revising the phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to read 
``Permanent Resident Card''.


Sec. 264.5  [Amended]

    30. The heading for Sec. 264.5 is amended by revising the phrase 
``Alien Registration Card'' to read ``Permanent Resident Card''.
    31. In Sec. 264.5, paragraph (b) is amended in the introductory 
text by revising the phrase ``alien registration card'' to read 
``Permanent Resident Card''.
    32. In Sec. 264.5, paragraph (c)(2) is amended by revising the 
phrase ``alien registration card'' to read ``Permanent Resident Card''.
    33. In Sec. 264.5, paragraph (e)(1)(ii) is amended by revising the 
phrase ``Alien Registration Receipt Card'' to read ``Permanent Resident 
Card''.
    34. In Sec. 264.5, paragraph (g) is amended in the last sentence by 
revising the phrase ``alien registration card'' to read ``Permanent 
Resident Card''.

PART 299--IMMIGRATION FORMS

    35. The authority citation for part 299 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103; 8 CFR part 2.
    36. Section 299.1 is amended in the table by revising the entry for 
the Form ``I-551'' to read as follows:


Sec. 299.1  Prescribed forms.

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              Form No.                 Edition date                              Title
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I-551...............................        05-01-97  Permanent Resident Card.
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PART 316--GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR NATURALIZATION

    37. The authority citation for part 316 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103, 1181, 1182, 1443, 1447; 8 CFR part 2.


Sec. 316.4  [Amended]

    38. In Sec. 316.4, paragraph (a)(2) is amended by revising the 
phrase ``(Alien Registration Receipt Card)'' to read ``(Permanent 
Resident Card)''.

PART 338--CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION

    39. The authority citation for part 338 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103, 1443.


Sec. 338.3  [Amended]

    40. Section 338.3 is amended in the first sentence by revising the 
phrase ``alien registration receipt card'' to read ``Permanent Resident 
Card''.

PART 341--CERTIFICATES OF CITIZENSHIP

    41. The authority citation for part 341 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 66 Stat. 173, 238, 254, 264, as amended; 8 U.S.C. 
1103, 1409(c), 1443, 1444, 1448, 1452, 1455; 8 CFR part 2.


Sec. 341.4  [Amended]

    42. Section 341.4 is amended by revising the phrase ``alien 
registration receipt cards in his possession'' to read ``permanent 
resident cards in his or her possession''.

    Dated: August 7, 1998.
Doris Meissner,
Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service.
[FR Doc. 98-33667 Filed 12-18-98; 8:45 am]
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