[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 241 (Friday, December 14, 2012)]
[Pages 74488-74489]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-30229]



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[OMB Control Number 1615-0124]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Consideration of 
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Form I-821D, Revision of a 
Currently Approved Collection

ACTION: 60-day notice.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. 
L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 35), on August 15, 2012, the Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
(USCIS), submitted an information collection request, utilizing 
emergency review procedures, to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and clearance. OMB approved the information collection 
request. DHS is now requesting OMB approval of a revision and extension 
of the approved information collection.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for sixty days 
until February 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and suggestions regarding items contained 
in this notice, and especially with regard to the estimated public 
burden and associated response time should be directed to: DHS, USCIS, 
Office of Policy and Strategy, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, 
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2140. Comments may be 
submitted to DHS via email at uscisfrcomment@uscis.dhs.gov and must 
include OMB Control Number 1615-0038 in the subject box. Comments may 
also be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.Regulations.gov under e-Docket ID number USCIS-2012-0012.
    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 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 that is offensive. For additional information, 
please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in 
the footer of www.Regulations.gov.

Issues for Comment Focus

    DHS, USCIS invites the general public and other Federal agencies to 
comment upon this proposed revision of a currently approved collection 
of information. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register 
to obtain comments regarding the nature of the information collection, 
the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (i.e., the time, 
effort, and resources used by the respondents to respond).
    For Form I-821D, USCIS is especially interested in the public's 
experience, input, and estimates on the burden in terms of time and 
money incurred by applicants for the following aspects of this 
information collection:
     The time burden incurred by preparers (persons who assist 
the respondent with the preparation of the form) who are not paid.
     For preparers who are paid, the time and expense to the 
respondent to find and secure such preparers for assistance.
     The amount that paid preparers charge for their services.
     The time required to obtain supporting documents for Form 
     The monetary costs incurred to obtain supporting documents 
from sources such as a landlord, church, utility, public agency 
(housing, social services, law enforcement), school, medical care 
provider, advocacy group, law firm, or military service.
     The average time required and money expended to secure 
secondary evidence such as an affidavit.
     The percentage of total applicants who require English 
translations of their supporting documents.
     The percentage of supporting documents for each individual 
applicant that require translation into English.
     The time required to find, hire, or otherwise obtain 
translations of supporting documents for immigration benefit requests.
     The average out of pocket monetary cost if any to obtain 
translations of supporting documents when required.
    In addition, in order to truly be helpful to the improvement of 
this form and program written comments and suggestions concerning the 
collection of information are requested to provide clear and specific 
suggestions on the data elements on the form and the evidence required 
to be submitted with a focus on one or more of the following four 
    (1) 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) 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) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) How to reduce or minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on those who are to respond, including through the use of 

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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: Consideration of Deferred Action 
for Childhood Arrivals.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: Form I-821D, 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or Households. The 
information collected on this form is used by USCIS to determine 
eligibility of certain individuals who were brought to the United 
States as children and meet the following guidelines to be considered 
for deferred action for childhood arrivals:
    1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
    2. Came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday;
    3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 
2007, up to the present time;
    4. Were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the 
time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with 
    5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or their lawful 
immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
    6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a 
certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general 
education development certificate, or are an honorably discharged 
veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
    7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, 
three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to 
national security or public safety.
    These individuals will be considered for relief from removal from 
the United States or from being placed into removal proceedings as part 
of the deferred action for childhood arrivals process. Those who submit 
requests with USCIS and demonstrate that they meet the threshold 
guidelines may have removal action in their case deferred for a period 
of two years, subject to renewal (if not terminated), based on an 
individualized, case by case assessment of the individual's equities. 
Only those individuals who can demonstrate, through verifiable 
documentation, that they meet the threshold guidelines will be 
considered for deferred action for childhood arrivals, except in 
exceptional circumstances.
    (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 2 hours and 45 minutes (2.75 hours) per response.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: 1,925,000 annual burden hours.
    If you need a copy of the information collection instrument with 
instructions, or additional information, please visit the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal at www.Regulations.gov. We may also be contacted at: 
USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, 
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2140, Telephone 
number 202-272-8377.

     Dated: December 11, 2012.
Laura Dawkins,
Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland 
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