Notice of Discontinuation of H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot CBP Dec. 11-16, 60518-60519 [2011-24716]

Download as PDF 60518 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 189 / Thursday, September 29, 2011 / Notices Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households in Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance— Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant. September 23, 2011. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2011–25128 Filed 9–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–23–P [Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA–4029– DR; Docket ID FEMA–2011–0001] Texas; Amendment No. 5 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: [Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA–4012– DR; Docket ID FEMA–2011–0001] Missouri; Amendment No. 3 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice amends the notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Missouri (FEMA–4012–DR), dated August 12, 2011, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: September 23, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Miller, Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–3886. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Missouri is hereby amended to include the following area among those areas determined to have been adversely affected by the event declared a major disaster by the President in his declaration of August 12, 2011. SUMMARY: tkelley on DSKG8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2011–25135 Filed 9–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–23–P U.S. Customs and Border Protection Notice of Discontinuation of H–2A and H–2B Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot CBP Dec. 11–16 U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: General notice; discontinuation of program pilot. AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Howard County for Public Assistance. The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households in Presidentially Jkt 223001 Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency BILLING CODE 9111–23–P 15:29 Sep 28, 2011 Dated: September 23, 2011. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [FR Doc. 2011–25129 Filed 9–28–11; 8:45 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance— Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant. This notice amends the notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Texas (FEMA–4029–DR), dated September 9, 2011, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: September 23, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Miller, Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–3886. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Texas is hereby amended to include the following areas among those areas determined to have been adversely affected by the event declared a major disaster by the President in his declaration of September 9, 2011. SUMMARY: Harrison, Smith, and Upshur Counties for Individual Assistance. The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households In Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance— Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This Notice announces that CBP is discontinuing the H–2A and H– 2B Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot, effective September 29, 2011. The pilot began on December 8, 2009. It required temporary workers in H–2A or H–2B nonimmigrant classifications who enter the United States at the port of San Luis, Arizona, or the port of Douglas, Arizona, to depart (at the time of their final departure) from these respective ports and to submit certain biographical and biometric information at one of the kiosks established for this purpose. DATES: The program pilot will be discontinued on September 29, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Erin M. McGillicuddy, Program Manager, Admissibility and Passenger Programs, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, via e-mail at erin.mcgillicuddy@dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 18, 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that CBP was establishing a pilot program for a land-border exit system for H–2A temporary workers at certain designated ports of entry effective August 1, 2009.1 73 FR 77049. The notice provided that H–2A workers who enter the United States at either the port of San Luis, Arizona, or the port of Douglas, Arizona, as participants in the Temporary Worker SUMMARY: 1 The H–2A nonimmigrant classification applies to aliens seeking to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature in the United States. Immigration and Nationality Act sec. 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a); see generally 8 CFR 214.12(h)(5)(a)(2) (describing requirements for H–2A classification). E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 tkelley on DSKG8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 189 / Thursday, September 29, 2011 / Notices Visa Exit Program must depart from one of those ports and submit certain biographical and biometric information at one of the kiosks established for this purpose. On December 19, 2008, CBP published a second notice in the Federal Register, ‘‘Notice of Expansion of Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot to Include H–2B Temporary Workers.’’ 73 FR 77817.2 CBP published a third notice in the Federal Register on August 25, 2009 announcing the postponement of the commencement date of the H–2A and H–2B temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot until December 8, 2009. 74 FR 42909. The pilot has been operating for more than a year. The pilot tested the processes and technology used to monitor compliance and record the final departures of persons admitted under temporary worker visas as well as its general design and implementation. During this period, DHS gathered enough data to assess the pilot’s technology, design and implementation and to identify lessons learned that can be applied to programs that may have similar requirements. The duration of the pilot has also allowed for the seasonal work cycle during which H–2A and H–2B visa holders typically enter and depart from the United States for agricultural or other temporary employment. Among the challenges that arose during the pilot were that the persons subject to the pilot had trouble understanding the requirements and using the kiosks; although the pilot was designed to be an automated system, considerable time and resources by CBP field personnel were needed to assist the pilot participants in recording their exit; kiosk operability was unreliable and inconsistent due in large part to the harsh desert climate; and, the physical layout of the departure area at the border crossing limited CBP’s ability to ensure compliance. The pilot reinforced the need to gain a full understanding of the covered population’s skill sets in order to craft effective public information materials and to utilize appropriate technology that will support a high degree of compliance. For future programs, DHS will seek to ensure that the physical requirements for software and hardware reflect the extremes that can be faced in harsh border climates. The pilot also demonstrated that DHS must evaluate carefully the considerable time and resources that may be required by field personnel in order to continually support and explain processes used infrequently by a nonimmigrant population subject to a program specific to that population. Accordingly, this notice announces that the H–2A and H–2B Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot is being discontinued immediately. Any alien that is admitted on an H–2A or H–2B visa into the United States at the ports of San Luis, Arizona, and Douglas, Arizona, will no longer be subject to the requirements of the program pilot. Aliens who have already been admitted on an H–2A or H–2B visa to the United States at the ports of San Luis, Arizona and Douglas, Arizona will not be required to depart the United States from San Luis or Douglas and will not have to submit the biographical or biometric information that was required under the pilot program. Regardless of their date or place of admission to the U.S., all H–2 workers are subject to the procedures governing H–2 nonimmigrants generally. H–2 workers are issued a Form I–94, Arrival/ Departure Record, upon admission to the U.S. The form indicates the date of admission to the United States, the nonimmigrant classification, and the authorized period of admission. Once admitted to the United States, H–2 workers are required to comply with all terms and conditions of their admission and depart the United States on or before the expiration of the authorized period of stay unless the worker properly extends his or her status or changes his or her status and extends his or her period of authorized admission. H–2 workers must surrender the departure portion of the Form I–94 upon final exit from the United States. Dated: September 21, 2011. Alan D. Bersin, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2011–24716 Filed 9–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Privacy Act of 1974; as Amended; Notice To Amend an Existing System of Records Office of Inspector General, Interior. ACTION: Notice of amendment to an existing system of records. AGENCY: 2 The H–2B nonimmigrant classification applies to foreign workers entering the United States to perform temporary, non-agricultural labor or services. INA sec. 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b), 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b); see generally 8 CFR 214.1(a)(2)(h)(62) (designation for H–2B classification). VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:29 Sep 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60519 U.S.C. 552a), the Department of the Interior (DOI) is issuing a public notice of its intent to amend the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Investigative Records system of records notice. The amendment includes a consolidated and updated list of routine uses. The amended system of records is captioned ‘‘Investigative Records—Interior, Office of Inspector General—2 (OIG–2).’’ This system of records OIG–2 was first published in the Federal Register on April 11, 1977 (42 FR 19014). The system was last revised on August 18, 1983 (48 FR 37536). DATES: Comments must be received by November 8, 2011. This system will be effective November 8, 2011. ADDRESSES: Any person interested in commenting on this amendment may do so by any of the following methods listed below. Electronic Comments • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions on the Web site for submitting comments. • E-mail: Privacy@doioig.gov. Please submit Internet comments as an ASCII file and avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Paper Comments • Regular U.S. Mail: Sandra Evans, FOIA/Privacy Act Officer, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Mail Stop—4428, Washington, DC 20240. • Overnight mail, courier, or hand delivery: Sandra Evans, FOIA/Privacy Act Officer, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Mail Stop–4428, Washington, DC 20240. The OIG will post all comments on the OIG Web site (http:// www.doioig.gov). Comments will be posted without change, and therefore submissions should only contain information that the commenter wishes to make publicly available. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandra Evans, FOIA/Privacy Act Officer, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Mail Stop—4428, Washington, DC 20240, Sandra_Evans@doioig.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Inspector General—Office of Investigations, and Regional Offices, maintain the above-entitled system of records. The purpose of this system is to store certain investigative case files and other materials created or gathered in the course of an official investigation. Records maintained in the system are E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 189 (Thursday, September 29, 2011)]
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[Pages 60518-60519]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-24716]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Notice of Discontinuation of H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Visa 
Exit Program Pilot CBP Dec. 11-16

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: General notice; discontinuation of program pilot.

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SUMMARY: This Notice announces that CBP is discontinuing the H-2A and 
H-2B Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot, effective September 29, 
2011. The pilot began on December 8, 2009. It required temporary 
workers in H-2A or H-2B nonimmigrant classifications who enter the 
United States at the port of San Luis, Arizona, or the port of Douglas, 
Arizona, to depart (at the time of their final departure) from these 
respective ports and to submit certain biographical and biometric 
information at one of the kiosks established for this purpose.

DATES: The program pilot will be discontinued on September 29, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Erin M. McGillicuddy, Program 
Manager, Admissibility and Passenger Programs, Office of Field 
Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, via e-mail at 
erin.mcgillicuddy@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 18, 2008, U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP) published a notice in the Federal Register 
announcing that CBP was establishing a pilot program for a land-border 
exit system for H-2A temporary workers at certain designated ports of 
entry effective August 1, 2009.\1\ 73 FR 77049.
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    \1\ The H-2A nonimmigrant classification applies to aliens 
seeking to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or 
seasonal nature in the United States. Immigration and Nationality 
Act sec. 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a); see 
generally 8 CFR 214.12(h)(5)(a)(2) (describing requirements for H-2A 
classification).
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    The notice provided that H-2A workers who enter the United States 
at either the port of San Luis, Arizona, or the port of Douglas, 
Arizona, as participants in the Temporary Worker

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Visa Exit Program must depart from one of those ports and submit 
certain biographical and biometric information at one of the kiosks 
established for this purpose.
    On December 19, 2008, CBP published a second notice in the Federal 
Register, ``Notice of Expansion of Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program 
Pilot to Include H-2B Temporary Workers.'' 73 FR 77817.\2\
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    \2\ The H-2B nonimmigrant classification applies to foreign 
workers entering the United States to perform temporary, non-
agricultural labor or services. INA sec. 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b), 8 
U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b); see generally 8 CFR 214.1(a)(2)(h)(62) 
(designation for H-2B classification).
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    CBP published a third notice in the Federal Register on August 25, 
2009 announcing the postponement of the commencement date of the H-2A 
and H-2B temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot until December 8, 
2009. 74 FR 42909.
    The pilot has been operating for more than a year. The pilot tested 
the processes and technology used to monitor compliance and record the 
final departures of persons admitted under temporary worker visas as 
well as its general design and implementation. During this period, DHS 
gathered enough data to assess the pilot's technology, design and 
implementation and to identify lessons learned that can be applied to 
programs that may have similar requirements. The duration of the pilot 
has also allowed for the seasonal work cycle during which H-2A and H-2B 
visa holders typically enter and depart from the United States for 
agricultural or other temporary employment.
    Among the challenges that arose during the pilot were that the 
persons subject to the pilot had trouble understanding the requirements 
and using the kiosks; although the pilot was designed to be an 
automated system, considerable time and resources by CBP field 
personnel were needed to assist the pilot participants in recording 
their exit; kiosk operability was unreliable and inconsistent due in 
large part to the harsh desert climate; and, the physical layout of the 
departure area at the border crossing limited CBP's ability to ensure 
compliance. The pilot reinforced the need to gain a full understanding 
of the covered population's skill sets in order to craft effective 
public information materials and to utilize appropriate technology that 
will support a high degree of compliance. For future programs, DHS will 
seek to ensure that the physical requirements for software and hardware 
reflect the extremes that can be faced in harsh border climates. The 
pilot also demonstrated that DHS must evaluate carefully the 
considerable time and resources that may be required by field personnel 
in order to continually support and explain processes used infrequently 
by a non-immigrant population subject to a program specific to that 
population.
    Accordingly, this notice announces that the H-2A and H-2B Temporary 
Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot is being discontinued immediately. Any 
alien that is admitted on an H-2A or H-2B visa into the United States 
at the ports of San Luis, Arizona, and Douglas, Arizona, will no longer 
be subject to the requirements of the program pilot. Aliens who have 
already been admitted on an H-2A or H-2B visa to the United States at 
the ports of San Luis, Arizona and Douglas, Arizona will not be 
required to depart the United States from San Luis or Douglas and will 
not have to submit the biographical or biometric information that was 
required under the pilot program.
    Regardless of their date or place of admission to the U.S., all H-2 
workers are subject to the procedures governing H-2 nonimmigrants 
generally. H-2 workers are issued a Form I-94, Arrival/Departure 
Record, upon admission to the U.S. The form indicates the date of 
admission to the United States, the nonimmigrant classification, and 
the authorized period of admission. Once admitted to the United States, 
H-2 workers are required to comply with all terms and conditions of 
their admission and depart the United States on or before the 
expiration of the authorized period of stay unless the worker properly 
extends his or her status or changes his or her status and extends his 
or her period of authorized admission. H-2 workers must surrender the 
departure portion of the Form I-94 upon final exit from the United 
States.

    Dated: September 21, 2011.
Alan D. Bersin,
Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
[FR Doc. 2011-24716 Filed 9-28-11; 8:45 am]
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