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American Samoa - Apply for a Certificate of Alien Registration Receipt Card

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Procedure[edit]

  1. In order to obtain a certificate of alien registration receipt card, you must first register and have your photograph taken by American Samoa Immigration.
  2. To register, you must complete and submit an application form.
  3. After registration and having your photograph taken, you will receive a certificate of alien registration receipt card.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

American Samoa Attorney General
Office Number(s):
1 (684) 633-4163
1 (684) 633-7504 Fax Number:
1 (684) 633-4964
Email Address: [email protected]

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Eligibility[edit]

Issuance of registration receipt cards is not based on the applicant's race, sex, nationality, place of birth or place of residence, except as specifically provided in American Samoa's Immigration Rules. American Samoa Immigration does not discriminate when it comes to issuing registration receipt cards but the number of cards they can issue is limited.

Categories of preference priorities

Aliens who are subject to the numerical limitations specified under Immigration Regulations shall be allotted registration cards as follows:

  1. in a number not to exceed 20 percent of the number specified in 41.0301 to qualified aliens who are unmarried sons or daughters of American Samoan or United States citizens;
  2. next in a number not to exceed 20 percent of the number specified in 41.0301, plus any registration receipt cards not required for the classes not specified in paragraph (1), who are the spouses, unmarried sons, or unmarried daughters of a person lawfully admitted to American Samoa as a permanent resident;
  3. next in a number not to exceed 10 percent of the number specified in 41.0301, plus any registration receipt cards not required for the classes specified in paragraphs (1) and (2) to qualified brothers and sisters of American Samoans provided such American Samoans are at least 21 years old;
  4. next in a number not to exceed 10 percent of the number specified in 41.0301, plus any registration receipt cards not required for the classes specified in paragraphs (1) through (3), to qualified aliens who are members of the professions or who because of their exceptional ability in the sciences or the arts will substantially benefit prospectively the economy, cultural interests, or welfare of American Samoa and whose services in the professions, sciences, or arts are sought by an employer in American Samoa; and professions shall include but not be limited to architects, engineers, lawyers, physicians, surgeons, and teachers in elementary or secondary schools, colleges, academics, or seminaries;
  5. next in a number not to exceed 24 percent of the number specified in 41.0301, plus any registration receipt cards not required for the classes specified in paragraph (1) through (4), to qualified persons who are capable of performing specified skilled or unskilled labor, not of a temporary or seasonal nature, for which a shortage of employable and willing persons exists in American Samoa;
  6. next in a number not to exceed 10 percent of the number specified in 41.0301, plus any registration receipt cards not required for the classes specified in paragraphs (1) through (5), to qualified persons who are the married sons or married daughters of American Samoans;
  7. any additional registration receipt cards shall be made available by the Attorney General, pursuant to any regulations as he may prescribe and in a number not to exceed 6 percent of the number specified in 41.0301; and
  8. registration receipt cards authorized in any fiscal year less those required for issuance to the classes specified in paragraphs (1) through (6), and less the number made available pursuant to paragraph (7), shall be made available to other qualified persons strictly in the order in which they qualify. Waiting lists of applicants shall be maintained in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Attorney General.
  9. A spouse or child as defined in this section shall, if not otherwise entitled to a registration receipt card under paragraphs (1) through (8), be entitled to the same status, and the same order of consideration provided in subsection (b), if accompanying, or following to join, his spouse or parent.


Duty to register

Aliens staying in American Samoa are required to be registered and photograph if:

  • they are 14 years of age or older
  • remains in American Samoa for 30 days or longer


Notes:

  • Registration must be done before the expiration of 30 days.
  • It is the duty of every parent or legal guardian of aliens under the age of 14 who has not been registered to apply for registration.
  • If any alien attains his fourteenth birthday in American Samoa he shall, within 30 days thereafter, apply in person for registration and photographing.



Fees[edit]

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Validity[edit]

Every alien in America Samoa who has been registered and photographed will receive a certificate of alien registration receipt card for a period of time not to exceed 12 months, from the date of issuance.

Every alien who is granted the status of permanent resident by virtue of law or by Immigration Board order and children of U.S. nationals born in foreign countries, upon registration and photographing shall be issued a certificate of alien registration receipt card for a period of time not to exceed three (3) years from the date of issuance.



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Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

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Instructions[edit]

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Required Information[edit]

Information needed to complete a registration form:

  • date and place of entry of the person in American Samoa;
  • activities in which he has been and intends to be engaged;
  • length of time he expects to remain in American Samoa;
  • police and criminal record, if any, of such alien; and
  • American Samoa Immigration may require additional information


The Attorney General may authorize immigration officers to record the following information regarding every person leaving or entering American Samoa: Names, age, sex; whether married or single; calling or occupation; whether able to read or write; nationality; country of birth; country of which citizen or subject; race; last permanent residence in American Samoa; intended future, permanent residence; and, if a United States citizen or national, the facts on which claim to that status is based.



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Need for the Document[edit]

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Information which might help[edit]

Aliens submitting application for registration receipt cards under Immigration Rules must return to their countries of origin pending allocation of such registration receipt cards for re-entry into American Samoa. No extensions of stay beyond the original 60 days period allowed under [41.0502 (a)(2)(D)] or otherwise are to be granted.



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Possession of certificate of alien registration receipt card

If you are 18 years of age or over, you must carry with you your certificate of alien registration receipt card at all times.

Any alien who fails to comply with this rule shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

If after a hearing the Board finds a violation of this section, the alien shall also be subject to deportation or imposition of a fine up to $500.



External Links[edit]

  • American Samoa Bar Association:
http://www.asbar.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=683&Itemid=172



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