Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

The Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has submitted 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 was previously published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2001 at 66 FR 31107, in an interim rule, INS No. 2050-00, RIN 1115-AF76. The preamble of the interim rule allowed for emergency OMB approval, as well as a 60-day public comment period. No public comments were received on this information collection.

The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until November 14, 2001. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the items contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer, 725—17th Street, NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20530.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information 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

(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: Extension of a currently approved information collection.

(2)Title of the Form/Collection: Petitioning Requirements for H-1C Nonimmigrant Classification.

(3)Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: No Agency Form Number (File No. OMB-26); Adjudications Division, Immigration and Naturalization Service.

(4)Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or Households. Public Law 106-95, Section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows petitioning hospitals to import registered nurses to work at those hospitals as nonimmigrant. The information collection is necessary for the INS to make a determination that the eligibility requirements and conditions are met regarding the nurse/beneficiary.

(5)An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of times estimated for an average respondent to respond:2,000 responses at 2 hours per response.

(6)An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection:4,000 annual burden hours.

If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of theproposed information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information, please contact Richard A. Sloan 202-514-3291, Director, Policy Directives and Instructions Branch, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Room 4034, 425 I Street, NW., Washington, DC 20536. Additionally, comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time may also be directed to Mr. Richard A. Sloan.

If additional information is required contact: Mr. Robert B. Briggs, Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Information Management and Security Staff, Justice Management Division, Patrick Henry Building, 601 D Street, NW., Ste. 1600, Washington, DC 20530.

Dated: October 9, 2001. Richard A. Sloan,

Department Clearance Officer, Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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