[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 242 (Monday, December 17, 2012)]
[Pages 74687-74688]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-30340]



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[OMB Control Number 1615-0040]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Application for 
Employment Authorization, Form I-765; Form I-765 Work Sheet, Form I-
765WS; 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. 3501 et seq.), DHS is requesting public 
comment on a proposed revision to an approved information collection. 
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. This notice is to obtain 
public comment on the revision and extension of that approved 

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for sixty days 
until February 15, 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 1615-0040 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-2005-0035.
    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

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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 that is 
offensive. For additional information, please read the Privacy Act 
notice that is available via the link in the footer of http://

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, and the estimated burden (i.e. the time, 
effort, and resources used by the respondents to respond).
    For Forms I-765 and I-765WS, 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 by 
the respondent.
     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 Forms 
I-765 and I-765WS.
     The monetary costs incurred to secure supporting documents 
from sources such as a landlord, church, utility, public agency 
(housing, social services, law enforcement, local/state governments), 
school, medical care provider, advocacy group, law firm, or military 
     The average time required and cost incurred to secure 
secondary evidence such as an affidavit or a statement.
     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, to truly be helpful to the improvement of this form 
and the program that oversees the services associated with this 
information collection; written comments and suggestions concerning 
this collection of information are requested to provide clear and 
specific suggestions on the data elements captured through these forms 
and the evidence required to be submitted with a focus on one or more 
of the following four points:
    (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 agency's 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 
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: Application for Employment 
Authorization; Form I-765 Work Sheet.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: Form I-765 
and Form I-765WS, 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 for the issuance of the employment authorization document.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 1,420,000 
responses related to Form I-765 at 3.42 hours per response; 1,043,992 
responses related to Biometrics at 1.17 hours; 706,057 responses 
related to Form I-765WS at .50 hours; and 1,420,000 responses related 
to Passport-Style Photographs at .50 hours per response.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: 7,140,900 annual burden hours.
    If you need a copy of the information collection instrument with 
instructions, or additional information, please visit the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal site at: http://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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