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Contracting Invitation Requests or CIR are invitations sent to new TLD applicants that have passed initial evaluation (IE) and are ready to continue the process of registering a new gTLD.
- ICANN uses CIR invitations to gain more information about the new registry including: points of contact (billing, delegation, registry operator, contracting and notice) and any modifications to data in previous applications.
- In order for an application to be considered eligible for a CIR, it must meet specific criteria, such as being active. In particular it must:
- Have passed Initial Evaluation;
- Not currently be in a contention set;
- Not have an unresolved objection filed against them;
- Not be a string for which issues raised in the Governmental Advisory Committee’s Beijing Communiqué  or Durban Communiqué remain unresolved;
- Not be currently subject to a change request for which ICANN has not yet approved or denied the requested changes; and
- Not be listed as “High Risk” on the Staff Name Collision Risk Mitigation Proposal.
An applicant will not qualify to receive a CIR  otherwise.
During the CIR process, registries may apply for a Code of Conduct (COC) exemption. In order to qualify, a registry operator must show:
- (i) all domain name registrations in the TLD are registered to, and maintained by, Registry Operator for the exclusive use of Registry Operator or its Affiliates,
- (ii) Registry Operator does not sell, distribute or transfer control or use of any registrations in the TLD to any third party that is not an Affiliate of Registry Operator, and
- (iii) application of this Code of Conduct to the TLD is not necessary to protect the public interest."
After the CIR is submitted, it is checked for completeness and subject to a substantive review. Although ICANN processes CIRs by their priority number, any problems or errors found will result in a more lengthy CIR process and follow up procedure.
The CIR requires the following information:
- Signatory Information - Name, Contact info
- Point of Contact Information - Name, Contact info
- File Attachments - includes Redlines of Registry Agreement
- Special Circumstances
- Spec. 9, Code of Conduct - Indicate if a Spec. 9 Code of Conduct Exemption is desired, if so, attach relevant request
- Unique Designations - Indicate whether the applicant is a Governmental/IGO applicant and/or a Community Priority Applicant
- Changes of Registry Agreement - Indicate whether you are submitting changes to the Registry Agreement, and, if so, whether these changes are based on a prior agreement with ICANN
- Contracting Point of Contact - Name, Contact info
- Additional Information
- Indicate whether the Contracting POC is the same as Primary contact
- Confirm that authorized signatory was named in Question 11 of the original application
- Indicate Notices POC, to receive all general notices from ICANN
- Indicate whether or not you intend to provide additional Registry Services - Those services are to be identified in Exhibit A of the Registry Agreement, any addition services to be offered must align with responses in your application, such as the response to question 23.
- Confirm that your COI is in compliance with Spec. 8 of the Registry Agreement
- Indicate if there are changes to applicant data that have no been previously communicated to ICANN. If so, follow the official Change Request Process.
- Contracting Information Request Guidance. ICANN.
- http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/webinars Applicant Update Webinar, February 20, 2014
- Nguyen, Trang. Contracting.
- Base Registry Agreement, pdf, p. 81.