[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 39 (Wednesday, February 27, 2013)]
[Pages 13368-13369]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04584]



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: 30-day notice.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. 
L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Department of Homeland Security 
(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. DHS, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be 
submitting the following information collection request to OMB for 
review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995. The information collection notice was recently published in the 
Federal Register on December 17, 2012, at 77 FR 74687, allowing for a 
60-day public comment period. USCIS did receive 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 
March 29, 2013. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 

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 the OMB USCIS 
Desk Officer via email at [email protected]. The comments 
submitted to the OMB USCIS Desk Officer may also be submitted to DHS 
via the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site at http://www.regulations.gov under e-Docket ID number USCIS-2005-0035 or via 
email at [email protected]. All submissions received must 
include the agency name and the OMB Control Number [1615-0040] and e-
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 that 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.


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 estimate of 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.

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     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.
    USCIS requested input on these questions in its 60-day notice and 
received no comments. If no comments are received from knowledgeable 
individuals, USCIS will perform its own analysis using information from 
other sources to estimate these costs for its next submission to OMB 
for this information collection.
    In addition, to be helpful in the improvement of this form and the 
program associated with this information collection, written comments 
and suggestions are requested to provide USCIS with 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: February 22, 2013.
Laura Dawkins,
Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland 
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