[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 129 (Friday, July 5, 2013)]
[Pages 40490-40491]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-16165]



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[OMB Control Number 1615-0009]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Petition for a 
Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129; Revision of a Currently Approved 

ACTION: 60-Day Notice.


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SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship 
and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to comment on this proposed revision of a currently 
approved collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (PRA) 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), the estimated cost to the respondent, and the 
actual information collection instruments.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until 
September 3, 2013.

ADDRESSES: All submissions received must include the OMB Control Number 
1615-0009 in the subject box, the agency name and Docket ID USCIS-2005-
0030. To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of the 
following methods to submit comments:
    (1) Online. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web 
site at www.regulations.gov under e-Docket ID number USCIS-2005-0030;
    (2) Email. Submit comments to USCISFRComment@uscis.dhs.gov;
    (3) Mail. Submit written comments to DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy 
and Strategy, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140.



    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.

Issues for Comment Focus

    For Form I-129 and its supplements, 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 in reading the instructions, 
completing the form, obtaining supporting documentation; and
     For preparers who are paid, the expense to the respondent 
to find and secure such preparers for assistance and the amount that 
paid preparers charge for their services.
    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 from the public 
and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four 
    (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 Collection.
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
DHS sponsoring the collection: I-129; USCIS.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Business: This form is used by an 
employer to petition for aliens to come to the U.S. temporarily to 
perform services, labor, and training or to request extensions of stay 
or changes in nonimmigrant status for nonimmigrant workers.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond:
     Form I-129--333,891 respondents at 2.34 hours;
     E-1/E-2 Classification to Form I-129--4,760 respondents at 
.67 hours;

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     Trade Agreement Supplement to Form I-129--3,057 
respondents at .67 hours;
     H Classification Supplement to Form I-129--255,872 
respondents at 2 hours;
     H-1B and H-1B1 Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption 
Supplement--243,965 respondents at 1 hour;
     L Classification Supplement to Form I-129--37,831 
respondents at 1.34 hours;
     O and P Classifications Supplement to Form I-129--22,710 
respondents at 1 hour;
     Q-1 Classification Supplement to Form I-129--155 
respondents at .34 hours; and
     R-1 Classification Supplement to Form I-129--6,635 
respondents at 2.34 hours.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: 1,631,234 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: July 1, 2013.
Samantha Deshommes,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and 
Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of 
Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2013-16165 Filed 7-3-13; 8:45 am]