[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 130 (Monday, July 8, 2013)]
[Pages 40758-40759]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-16279]



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[OMB Control Number 1615-0043]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Application for 
Temporary Protected Status, Form I-821; Revision of a Currently 
Approved Collection

ACTION: 60-Day Notice.


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 the 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 6, 2013.

ADDRESSES: All submissions received must include the OMB Control Number 
1615-0043 in the subject box, the agency name and Docket ID USCIS-2007-
0013. 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-2007-0013;
    (2) Email. Submit comments to USCISFRComment@uscis.dhs.gov; or
    (3) Mail. Submit written comments to DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy 

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Strategy, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2140.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments: 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 view if it 
determines the information 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 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/or
    (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: Application for Temporary 
Protected Status.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
DHS sponsoring the collection: Form I-821; USCIS.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. Form I-
821 is necessary for USCIS to gather the information necessary to 
adjudicate TPS applications and determine if an applicant is eligible 
for TPS.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 91,882 
respondents responding via the paper-based Form I-821 at an estimated 1 
hour and 55 minutes (1.92 hours) per response. 81,481 respondents 
responding via the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) at 
an estimated 1 hour and 45 minutes (1.75 hours) per response. 173,363 
respondents for biometrics processing at an estimated 1 hour and 10 
minutes (1.17 hours) per response.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: 521,840 total annual burden hours.
    DHS, USCIS has been engaged in an effort to accurately estimate the 
burden in terms of time and costs incurred by applicants for obtaining 
assistance from paid professionals to assist them in the completion of 
information collections for document preparation, translating evidence 
to English, and translating English form instructions into the 
applicant's native language. We have published several notices in the 
Federal Register requesting comments from interested and knowledgeable 
immigration benefit program stakeholders and the general public. In 
this notice, USCIS is requesting meaningful input on 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.
    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 2, 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. 2013-16279 Filed 7-5-13; 8:45 am]