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Imposition of Nonproliferation Measures Against Foreign Persons, Including a Ban on U.S. Government Procurement
Document Number: 2020-26000
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-25
Agency: Department of State
A determination has been made that a number of foreign persons have engaged in activities that warrant the imposition of measures pursuant to Section 3 of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act. The Act provides for penalties on foreign entities and individuals for the transfer to or acquisition from Iran since January 1, 1999; the transfer to or acquisition from Syria since January 1, 2005; or the transfer to or acquisition from North Korea since January 1, 2006, of goods, services, or technology controlled under multilateral control lists (Missile Technology Control Regime, Australia Group, Chemical Weapons Convention, Nuclear Suppliers Group, Wassenaar Arrangement) or otherwise having the potential to make a material contribution to the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or cruise or ballistic missile systems. The latter category includes (a) items of the same kind as those on multilateral lists but falling below the control list parameters when it is determined that such items have the potential of making a material contribution to WMD or cruise or ballistic missile systems, (b) items on U.S. national control lists for WMD/missile reasons that are not on multilateral lists, and (c) other items with the potential of making such a material contribution when added through case-by-case decisions.
Visas: Visa Bond Pilot Program
Document Number: 2020-24223
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-24
Agency: Department of State
This temporary final rule provides for a U.S. Department of State (Department) visa bond pilot program (Pilot Program) with specified parameters. The purpose of the Pilot Program is to assess the operational feasibility of posting, processing, and discharging visa bonds, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to help assess the burden on government agencies and identify any practical challenges related to visa bonds. The Pilot Program does not aim to assess whether issuing visa bonds will be effective in reducing the number of aliens who overstay their temporary business visitor/ tourist (B-1/B-2) visa. Visa applicants potentially subject to the Pilot Program include aliens who: Are applying for visas as temporary visitors for business or pleasure (B-1/B-2); are from countries with high visa overstay rates; and already have been approved by DHS for an inadmissibility waiver. Because this is a visa bond program, aliens traveling under the Visa Waiver Program fall outside the scope of the Pilot Program, as those travelers do not apply for visas. The Pilot Program is designed to apply to nationals of specified countries with high overstay rates to serve as a diplomatic tool to encourage foreign governments to take all appropriate actions to ensure their nationals timely depart the United States after making temporary visits. The Pilot Program will run for six months. During that period, consular officers may require nonimmigrant visa applicants falling within the scope of the Pilot Program to post a bond in the amount of $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 as a condition of visa issuance. The amount of the bond, should a bond be appropriate, will be determined by the consular officer based on the circumstances of the visa applicant.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Supplemental SIV Chief of Mission Application
Document Number: 2020-25811
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-23
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and implementing OMB guidance, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Intercountry Adoptions: Regulatory Changes to Accreditation and Approval Regulations in Intercountry Adoption
Document Number: 2020-24391
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (the Department) is proposing revisions to the Code of Federal Regulations to amend requirements for accreditation and authorization by the United States to provide adoption services in intercountry adoption cases. This proposed rule amends regulations to provide clarification, updating, or other adaptation of familiar accreditation and approval standards for intercountry adoption. It includes long-awaited provisions for intercountry adoption by relatives. The new regulations simplify and streamline the process by limiting the number of adoption services the primary provider must provide and capitalizing on the adoptive family's understanding of local culture and institutions. It provides a comprehensive definition of relative to clarify the relationships that are encompassed in the amendments to the accreditation rule. Also featured in this proposed rule is a new focus on supporting children and families in the event their adoptive placement disrupts.
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Object Being Imported for Exhibition-Determinations: “The Medici: Portraits & Politics, 1512-1570” Exhibition
Document Number: 2020-25365
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-18
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that one object being imported from abroad pursuant to an agreement with its foreign owner or custodian for temporary display in the exhibition ``The Medici: Portraits & Politics, 1512-1570'' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is of cultural significance, and, further, that its temporary exhibition or display within the United States as aforementioned is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register.
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Being Imported for Exhibition-Determinations: “Goya's Graphic Imagination” Exhibition
Document Number: 2020-25364
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-18
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that certain objects being imported from abroad pursuant to agreements with their foreign owners or custodians for temporary display in the exhibition ``Goya's Graphic Imagination'' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, are of cultural significance, and, further, that their temporary exhibition or display within the United States as aforementioned is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register.
Passports; Procedures for Passport Couriers
Document Number: 2020-24538
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-11-17
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (the Department) proposes regulations to continue a registration program and hand delivery procedures for courier companies used by applicants to transport their passport applications, and U.S. passports issued to them, to and from participating passport agencies. The purpose of these proposed rules is to continue the program that was established by policy, to maintain vigilance over the security of the passport application process, require companies to register with the Department prior to providing hand delivery services to certain applicants for U.S. passports, and to follow a uniform set of hand delivery procedures.
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-25122
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-13
Agency: Department of State
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: FLO Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) Application
Document Number: 2020-24893
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-10
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Individual, Corporate or Foundation, and Government Donor Letter Applications
Document Number: 2020-24775
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-09
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this Notice is to allow 30 days for public comment.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Special Immigrant Visa Biodata Form
Document Number: 2020-24600
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-05
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Notice of Department of State Public Guidance for the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act (PEESA)
Document Number: 2020-24579
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-05
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is issuing public guidance for PEESA on October 20, 2020 to take an expansive interpretation of the available authorities under PEESA by issuing clarifying public guidance and FAQs on the term ``provided those vessels for the construction of such a project'' under Section 7503(a)(1)(B) of PEESA.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Training/Internship Placement Plan
Document Number: 2020-24289
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-05
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Request for Statements of Interest
Document Number: 2020-24211
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-02
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State announces a request for statements of interest (RSI) from qualified entities interested in seeking the Department's designation as an Accrediting Entity (AE) to accredit and approve U.S. agencies and persons that seek to provide adoption services in intercountry adoption cases. The RSI is posted on the website of the Office of Children's Issues, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department State at adoption.state.gov.
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Renewal
Document Number: 2020-24209
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-02
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24091
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24089
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24086
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24085
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24083
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24082
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls: Notifications to the Congress of Proposed Commercial Export Licenses
Document Number: 2020-24035
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and the Department of State give notice that the attached Notifications of Proposed Commercial Export Licenses were submitted to the Congress on the dates indicated.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (J-NONIMMIGRANT)
Document Number: 2020-23567
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-26
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this Notice is to allow 30 days for public comment.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Medical Examination for Visa or Refugee Applicant
Document Number: 2020-23495
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-23
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collections described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and implementing OMB guidance, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Electronic Medical Examination for Visa Applicant
Document Number: 2020-23494
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-23
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (``Department'') is seeking Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and implementing OMB guidance, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants
Document Number: 2020-23222
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-21
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Visas: Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure
Document Number: 2020-21975
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-21
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (``Department'') proposes to amend its regulation governing nonimmigrant visas for temporary visitors for business, the B-1 nonimmigrant visa classification, by removing two sentences defining the term ``business'' that are outdated due to changes in the INA since 1952, from when the two sentences originate. With removal of these sentences, the Department would no longer authorize issuance of B-1 visas for certain aliens classifiable as H-1B or H-3 nonimmigrants, commonly referred to as the ``B-1 in lieu of H'' policy, unless the alien independently qualifies for a B-1 visa for a reason other than the B-1 in lieu of H policy.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Improving Customer Experience
Document Number: 2020-22961
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has under OMB review the following proposed Information Collection Request ``Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)'' for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.)
Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG): Revised RSVP Date for the DTAG Open Session on Thursday, October 22
Document Number: 2020-22902
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of State
This notice corrects an erroneous RSVP date provided in an earlier notice for the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) open session on October 22, 2020.
Schedule of Fees for Consular Services-Documentary Services Fee
Document Number: 2020-19926
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (the Department) proposes an adjustment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule of Fees) for authentication of a document in the United States. The Department is incorporating the domestic authentications fee into the Schedule of Fees and increasing it from $8 to $20, in light of the findings of its Cost of Service Model (CoSM), to ensure that the fee for this consular service better aligns with the costs of providing this service. The proposed fee was calculated and set to recover the full cost of providing the document authentication service, in line with OMB Circular A-25. The collected fees are remitted to the Department of Treasury. The Department of State lacks statutory authority to retain this fee revenue.
Exchange Visitor Program-Moratorium on Growth in the Au Pair Program
Document Number: 2020-22454
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Department of State
The U.S. Department of State (Department) is announcing, effective immediately, a moratorium on program growth in the Au pair category of the Exchange Visitor Program. Specifically, the Department will not designate new sponsor organizations or allow program expansions for existing sponsors. The moratorium restricts the size of the category to calendar year 2019 program participant levels. The Department may consider reallocation among existing sponsors of Forms DS-2019 from any sponsors who cease to operate in the Au pair category while the moratorium is in place.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: J-1 Visa Waiver Recommendation Application
Document Number: 2020-22145
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-07
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment.
Imposition of Nonproliferation Measures Against Foreign Persons, Including a Ban on U.S. Government Procurement
Document Number: 2020-21927
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of State
A determination has been made that a number of foreign persons have engaged in activities that warrant the imposition of measures pursuant to Section 3 of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act. The Act provides for penalties on foreign entities and individuals for the transfer to or acquisition from Iran since January 1, 1999; the transfer to or acquisition from Syria since January 1, 2005; or the transfer to or acquisition from North Korea since January 1, 2006, of goods, services, or technology controlled under multilateral control lists (Missile Technology Control Regime, Australia Group, Chemical Weapons Convention, Nuclear Suppliers Group, Wassenaar Arrangement) or otherwise having the potential to make a material contribution to the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or cruise or ballistic missile systems. The latter category includes (a) items of the same kind as those on multilateral lists but falling below the control list parameters when it is determined that such items have the potential of making a material contribution to WMD or cruise or ballistic missile systems, (b) items on U.S. national control lists for WMD/missile reasons that are not on multilateral lists, and (c) other items with the potential of making such a material contribution when added through case-by-case decisions.
Updating the State Department's List of Entities and Subentities Associated With Cuba (Cuba Restricted List)
Document Number: 2020-21449
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is publishing an update to its List of Restricted Entities and Subentities Associated with Cuba (Cuba Restricted List) with which direct financial transactions are generally prohibited under the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR). The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) generally will deny applications to export or reexport items for use by entities or subentities on the Cuba Restricted List.
Notice of Determinations
Document Number: 2020-21431
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that one object being imported from abroad pursuant to an agreement with the foreign owner or custodian for temporary exhibition within the 17th Century Flemish Paintings Gallery of The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is of cultural significance, and, further, that its temporary exhibition or display within the United States as aforementioned is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register.
The State Department's Cuba Prohibited Accommodations List
Document Number: 2020-21376
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-28
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is publishing the Cuba Prohibited Accommodations List identifying properties subject to additional prohibitions with respect to certain lodging-related transactions under the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR).
International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Temporary Update to Republic of Cyprus (Cyprus) Country Policy
Document Number: 2020-20902
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-09-28
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to update defense trade policy toward the Republic of Cyprus (Cyprus) by temporarily removing prohibitions on exports, reexports, retransfers, and temporary imports of non-lethal defense articles and defense services destined for or originating in Cyprus. On June 2, 2020 the Secretary of State, exercising authority under section 1250A(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 and section 205(d) of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Act as delegated from the President, determined that it was essential to the national security interest of the United States to waive the limitations on non-lethal defense articles and defense services destined for or originating in Cyprus. The waiver is effective for one fiscal year. This amendment reflects that waiver.
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Object Being Imported for Exhibition-Determinations: “Rubens: Picturing Antiquity” Exhibition
Document Number: 2020-21062
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-24
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that one object being imported from abroad pursuant to an agreement with the foreign owner or custodian for temporary display in the exhibition ``Rubens: Picturing Antiquity'' at The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, California, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is of cultural significance, and, further, that its temporary exhibition or display within the United States as aforementioned is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register.
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-20732
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-21
Agency: Department of State
Designation Pursuant to The Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-20731
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-21
Agency: Department of State
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls: Notifications to the Congress of Proposed Commercial Export Licenses
Document Number: 2020-20406
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-16
Agency: Department of State
The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and the Department of State give notice that the attached Notifications of Proposed Export Licenses were submitted to the Congress on the dates indicated.