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[Federal Register: October 17, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 201)]
[Page 59800-59801]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

ACTION: Request OMB Emergency Approval; fee remittance form for certain 
F-1; J-1 and M-1 nonimmigrants; form I-901.


    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Bureau of Customs 
and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) 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 sections 1320.13(a)(1)(ii) and (a)(2)(iii) 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The ICE 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. ICE is requesting 
emergency review from OMB of this information collection to ensure 
compliance section 641 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), and under 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 
section 286(m) of the Act. Therefor, OMB approval has been requested by 
October 24, 2003. 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, Attention: Ms. Karen Lee, 
Department of Justice Desk Officer, 725 17th Street, NW., Suite 10235, 
Washington, DC 20503. Comments regarding the emergency submission of 
this information collection may also be submitted via facsimile to Ms. 
Lee at 202-395-5806.
    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 ICE requests written comments and 
suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning this 
information collection. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted 
until [Insert date of the 60th day from the date that this notice is 
published in the Federal Register]. 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, Regulations and Forms Services Division, 
Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement, U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security, Room 4304, 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 four points:
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the

[[Page 59801]]

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: New collection.
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Fee Remittance Form for Certain 
F-1, J-1, and M-1 Nonimmigrants.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form I-901. Bureau of 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. This form 
is used by nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors to submit the 
fee authorized by Public Law 104-208, subtitle D, section 641. 
Additionally, this information is required to send receipt to the 
student or exchange visitor upon payment and to positively identify 
that a particular student or exchange visitor has paid the fee.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 900,000 
responses at 19 minutes (.32 hours) per response.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: 288,000 annual burden hours.
    If additional information is required contact: Ms. Theresa 
O'Malley, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland 
Security, Regional Office Building 3, 7th and D Streets, SW., Suite 
4636-26, Washington, DC 20202.

    Dated: October 9, 2003.
Stephen R. Tarragon.
Acting Department Clearance Officer, Department of Homeland Security, 
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
[FR Doc. 03-26220 Filed 10-16-03; 8:45 am]