Contingent Waiver of Certain Sanctions Related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Pursuant to section 11 of Annex V of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Secretary of State has issued waivers and made findings with respect to relevant statutory sanctions. The contingent waivers exercised and findings made by the Secretary pertain to certain sanctions provided for in relevant sections of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, and the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996. These waivers and findings would apply to certain transactions by non-U.S. persons involving Iran that take place after Implementation Day, as set forth in Annex V and the corresponding provisions of Annex II of the JCPOA. The transactions subject to the waivers and findings that the Secretary has issued include: Transactions with Iran's financial and banking sectors, including the Central Bank of Iran; transactions for the provision of underwriting services, insurance, or reinsurance in connection with activities consistent with the JCPOA; transactions with Iran's energy and petrochemical sectors, including the purchase or sale of petroleum, petroleum products, or petrochemicals or investment in or support to those sectors; transactions with Iran's shipping sector; trade with Iran in precious metals and other metals and software for activities consistent with the JCPOA; and trade with and support for Iran's automotive sector.
Visas: Procedures for Issuing Visas
The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machine-readable visas and the planned future practice of issuing visas electronically. The Department is also removing an obsolete records retention provision and a visa review provision, both of which are now addressed in the Foreign Affairs Manual.