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[Federal Register: July 5, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 129)]
[Page 41490]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



Immigration and Naturalization Service

Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

ACTION: Notice of information collection under Review; Application for 


    The Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service 
has submitted the following information collection request for review 
and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 
The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments 
from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will 
be accepted for ``sixty days'' until September 5, 2000.
    This information collection was previously published in the Federal 
Register on January 8, 1999 at 64 FR 1219-1238, allowing for a 60-day 
public comment period on a proposed revision. Numerous comments were 
received by the public, prompting further program evaluation of the 
Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization). In response to the 
comments, INS is in the process of revising the current form. (See 
publication of draft N-400 in June 28, 2000 Federal Register notice at 
65 FR 39936-39942.) Until such draft is finalized and approved by OMB, 
the INS is requesting a one year extension by OMB on the current form 
to allow for the necessary time to complete the revision of the form 
and modify the tracking system.
    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected 
agencies concerning the proposed collection of information 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 agencies 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: Extension of currently approved 
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application for Naturalization.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form N-400. 
Adjudications Division, Immigration and Naturalization Service.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. The 
information collected is used by the INS to determine eligibility for 
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 700,000 
responses at 4 hours and 30 minutes (4.5) per response.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: 3,031,000 annual burden hours.
    If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of the 
proposed information collection instrument with instructions, or 
additional information, please contact Richard A. Sloan 202-514-3291, 
Director, Policy Directives and Instructions Branch, Immigration and 
Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Room 5307, 425 I 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20536. Additionally, comments and/or 
suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially 
regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time may 
also be directed to Mr. Richard A. Sloan.
    If additional information is required contact: Mr. Robert B. 
Briggs, Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, 
Information Management and Security Staff, Justice Management Division, 
Suite 850, Washington Center, 1001 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530.

    Dated: June 29, 2000.
Richard A. Sloan,
Department Clearance Officer, Immigration and Naturalization Service, 
Department of Justice.
[FR Doc. 00-16928 Filed 7-3-00; 8:45 am]

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