[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 163 (Wednesday, August 22, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50710-50711]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20631]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


Agency Information Collection Activities: Employment Eligibility 
Verification, Form I-9, OMB Control No. 1615-0047; Revision of an 
Existing Information Collection, Comment Request

ACTION: 30-Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: 
Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.

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    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 information collection was previously 
published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2012, at 77 FR 18256, 
allowing for a 60-day public comment period. USCIS received over 6,200 
comments in connection with that publication.
    The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for 
public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until 
September 21, 2012. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 
1320.10.
    Written comments and suggestions regarding items contained in this 
information collection notice, and especially, with regard to the 
estimated public burden and associated response time should be directed 
to the DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Laura Dawkins, Chief, 
Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20529. Comments may be submitted to DHS via email at 
uscisfrcomment@dhs.gov and must include OMB Control Number 1615-0047 in 
the subject box. Comments may also be submitted via the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal Web site at http://www.regulations.gov under e-
Docket ID number USCIS-2006-0068.
    All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket 
ID. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, 
all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any 
personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this 
information makes it public. You may wish to consider limiting the 
amount of personal information that you provide in any voluntary 
submission you make to DHS. DHS may withhold information provided in 
comments from public viewing that it determines may impact the privacy 
of an individual or is offensive. For additional information, please 
read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the 
footer of http://www.regulations.gov.
    When submitting comments by email please make sure to add OMB 
Control Number 1615-0047 in the subject 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: Revision of a currently 
approved information collection.
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Employment Eligibility 
Verification.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: Form I-9. 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief

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abstract: Primary: Employers, employees, recruiters and referrers for a 
fee (limited to agricultural associations, agricultural employers, or 
farm labor contractors), and state employment agencies. This form was 
developed to facilitate compliance with section 274A of the Immigration 
and Nationality Act, which prohibits the knowing employment of 
unauthorized aliens. This information collection is necessary for 
employers, agricultural recruiters and referrers for a fee, and state 
employment agencies to verify the identity and employment authorization 
of individuals hired (or recruited or referred for a fee, if 
applicable) for employment in the United States.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: This figure was 
derived by multiplying the number of employers, recruiters and 
referrers for a fee (limited to agricultural associations, agricultural 
employers, or farm labor contractors), and state employment agencies 
(78,000,000) x frequency of response (1) x .33 hours (20 minutes) per 
response and the number of employees (78,000,000) x frequency of 
response (1) x .17 hours (10 minutes) per response. The annual record 
keeping burden is added to the total annual reporting burden which is 
based on 20,000,000 record keepers at .08 hours (5 minutes) per filing.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: 40,600,000 annual burden hours.
    If you need a copy of the proposed information collection 
instrument with instructions, or additional information, please visit 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp.
    If additional information is required contact: USCIS, Regulatory 
Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue, Washington, DC 20529, (202) 272-1470.

    Dated: August 17, 2012.
Laura Dawkins,
Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland 
Security.
[FR Doc. 2012-20631 Filed 8-21-12; 8:45 am]
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