[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 27 (Thursday, February 8, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5643-5644]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02480]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[OMB Control Number 1615-0040]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently 
Approved Collection: Application for Employment Authorization

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of 
Homeland Security.

ACTION: 30-Day notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship 
and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be submitting the following 
information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995. The purpose of this notice is to allow an 
additional 30 days for public comments.

DATES: The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for 
public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until 
March 12, 2018. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 
1320.10.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) 
contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public 
burden and associated response time, must be directed to the OMB USCIS 
Desk Officer via email at dhsdeskofficer@omb.eop.gov. All submissions 
received must include the agency name and the OMB Control Number [1615-
0040] in the subject line.
    You may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal 
information that you provide in any voluntary submission you make. For 
additional information please read the Privacy Act notice that is 
available via the link in the footer of http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, 
Regulatory Coordination Division, Samantha Deshommes, Chief, 20 
Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140, Telephone number 
(202) 272-8377 (This is not a toll-free number; comments are not 
accepted via telephone message.). Please note contact information 
provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. It is not 
for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking information 
about the status of their individual cases can check Case Status 
Online, available at the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov, or call 
the USCIS National Customer Service Center at (800) 375-5283; TTY (800) 
767-1833.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments

    The information collection notice was previously published in the 
Federal Register on October 13, 2018 at 82 FR 47761, allowing for a 60-
day public comment period. USCIS did receive 92 comments in connection 
with the 60-day notice.
    You may access the information collection instrument with 
instructions, or additional information by visiting the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal site at: http://www.regulations.gov and enter USCIS-
2005-0035 in the search box. Written comments and suggestions from the 
public and affected agencies should address one or more of the 
following four points:
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.

Overview of This Information Collection

    (1) Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a Currently 
Approved Collection.
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application for Employment 
Authorization.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
DHS sponsoring the collection: I-765; USCIS.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses Form I-765 to collect 
the information that is necessary to determine if an alien is eligible 
for an initial EAD, a new replacement EAD, or a subsequent EAD upon the 
expiration of a previous EAD under the same eligibility category. 
Aliens in many immigration statuses are required to possess an EAD as 
evidence of work authorization. To be authorized for employment, an 
alien must be lawfully admitted for permanent residence or authorized 
to be so employed by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) or under 
regulations issued by DHS. Pursuant to statutory or regulatory 
authorization, certain classes of aliens are authorized to be employed 
in the United States without restrictions as to location or type of 
employment as a condition of their admission or subsequent change to 
one of the indicated classes. USCIS may determine the validity period 
assigned to any document issued evidencing an alien's authorization to 
work in the United States. These classes are listed in 8 CFR 274a.12. 
USCIS also collects biometric information from certain EAD applicants, 
from whom USCIS has not previously collected biometrics in connection 
with an underlying application or petition, to verify the applicant's 
identity, check or update their background information, and produce the 
EAD card.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated 
total number of respondents for the information collection I-765 is 
2,096,000 and the estimated hour burden per response is 4.5 hours; the 
estimated total number of respondents for the information collection 
Biometric Processing is 42,387 and the estimated hour burden per 
response is 1.17 hours; the estimated total number of respondents for 
the information collection Form I-765WS is 41,912 and the estimated 
hour burden per response is .50 hours; the estimated total number of 
respondents

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for the information collection Passport-Style Photographs is 2,096,000 
and the estimated hour burden per response is .50 hours.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated 
with this collection is 10,550,549 hours.
    (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated 
with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated 
with this collection of information is $367,581,127.

    Dated: February 2, 2018.
Samantha Deshommes,
Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland 
Security.
[FR Doc. 2018-02480 Filed 2-7-18; 8:45 am]
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