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[Federal Register: March 26, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 58)]
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
ACTION: Request OMB Emergency Approval; Petition for Alien Fianc(e).
The Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS) has submitted an emergency information collection request (ICR)
utilizing emergency review procedures to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with section
1320.13(a)(1)(ii) and (a)(2)(iii) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995. The INS has determined that it cannot reasonably comply with the
normal clearance procedures under this part because normal clearance
procedures are reasonably likely to prevent or disrupt the collection
of information. INS is requesting emergency review from OMB of this
information collection to ensure compliance with section 1003 of the
Legal Immigration Family Equity Act of 2000 (LIFE) which allows the
spouse or child of a U.S. citizen to enter the U.S. as a nonimmigrant.
Emergency review and approval of this ICR ensures that the applicant
may apply for this benefit utilizing the revised collection instrument.
Therefore, OMB approval has been requested by March 23, 2001.
If granted, the emergency approval is only valid for 180 days. ALL
comments and/or questions pertaining to this pending request for
emergency approval MUST be directed to OMB, Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs, 725--17th Street, N.W., Suite 10235, Washington, DC
20503; Attention: Ms. Lauren Wittenberg, Department of Justice Desk
Officer, 202-395-4718. Comments regarding the emergency submission of
this information collection may also be submitted via facsimile to Ms.
Wittenberg at 202-395-6974.
During the first 60 days of this same period, a regular review of
this information collection is also being undertaken. During the
regular review period, the INS requests written comments and
suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning this
information collection. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted
until May 25, 2001. During the 60-day regular review, ALL comments and
suggestions, or questions regarding additional information, to include
obtaining a copy of the information collection instrument with
instructions, should be directed to Mr. Richard A. Sloan, 202-514-3291,
Director, Policy Directives and Instructions Branch, Immigration and
Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Room 4034, 425 I
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20536. Written comments and suggestions
from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed
collection of information should address one or more of the following
(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is
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: Revised information collection.
(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Petition for Alien Fianc(e).
Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the
Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form I-129F.
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 and households. This
form is used by a U.S. citizen to facilitate the entry of his/her
fiance(e) into the United States so that a marriage may be concluded
within 90 days of entry between the U.S. citizen and the beneficiary of
the petition. This form also allows the spouse or child of a U.S.
citizen to enter the U.S. as a nonimmigrant, in accordance with
provisions of section 1103 of the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act
(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 200,000
responses at 30 minutes (.50 hours) per response.
(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated
with the collection: 100,000 annual burden hours.
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,
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., National Place Building, Suite 1220,
Washington, DC 20530.
Dated: March 19, 2001.
Richard A. Sloan,
Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice
Immigration and Naturalization Service.
[FR Doc. 01-7341 Filed 3-23-01; 8:45 am]
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