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  • News: USCIS Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Revisions to Form I-765

    [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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