[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 114 (Wednesday, June 13, 2012)]
[Pages 35419-35420]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14428]



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Agency Information Collection Activities: Application for Waiver 
of the Foreign Residence Requirement of Section 212(e) of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act; Extension, Without Change of a 
Currently Approved Collection

ACTION: 30-Day notice of information collection under review: Form I-
612, Application for waiver of the foreign residence requirement of 
section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.


SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, 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 notice was previously 
published in the Federal Register on March 23, 2012, at 77 FR 17085, 
allowing for a 60-day public comment period. USCIS did not receive any 
comments in connection with the 60-day notice.

DATES: The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for 
public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until 
July 13, 2012. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 

ADDRESSES: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) 
contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public 
burden and associated response time, should be directed to the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) USCIS Desk Officer. Comments may be submitted to: 
USCIS, Chief Regulatory Coordinator, Regulatory Coordination Division, 
Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC 
20529-2020. Comments may also be submitted to DHS via email at 
uscisfr.comment@dhs.gov, to the OMB USCIS Desk Officer via facsimile at 
202-395-5806 or via email at oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or via the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site at http://www.Regulations.gov under 
e-Docket ID number USCIS-2008-0012. When submitting comments by email, 
please make sure to add OMB Control Number 1615-0030 in the subject 
    All submissions received must include the agency name, OMB Control 
Number 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.

    Note: The address listed in this notice should only be used to 
submit comments concerning this information collection. Please do 
not submit requests for individual case status inquiries to this 
address. If you are seeking information about the status of your 
individual case, please check ``My Case Status'' online at: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard.do, or call the USCIS National 
Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

    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 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 Request: Extension, without 
change, of a currently approved collection.
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application for Waiver of the 
Foreign Residence Requirement of Section 212(e) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
Department of Homeland Security

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sponsoring the collection: I-612; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services (USCIS).
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households; This form 
will be used by USCIS to determine eligibility for a waiver for those 
aliens who believe that compliance with foreign residence requirements 
would impose exceptional hardship on his or her spouse or child who is 
a citizen of the United States, or a lawful permanent resident; or that 
returning to the country of his or her nationality or last permanent 
residence would subject him or her to persecution on account of race, 
religion, or political opinion.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 1,300 responses 
at 20 minutes (.333) per response.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: 433 Hours.
    If you need a copy of the information collection instrument with 
supplementary documents, or need additional information, please visit 
    We may also be contacted at: USCIS, Regulatory Coordination 
Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20529-2020; Telephone 202-272-1470.

    Dated: June 8, 2012.
Laura Dawkins,
Acting Chief Regulatory Coordinator, Regulatory Coordination Division, 
Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2012-14428 Filed 6-12-12; 8:45 am]