Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal.
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 November 3, 1999 at 64 FR 59792, providing notice to the public for the solicitation of public comments. The Service allowed a 60-day public comment period that ended on January 3, 2000. The Service received one comment from a non-governmental organization on the proposed extension of the existing information collection. This comment commended the INS on previous revision, noting that the form was more “user-friendly” than in the past. The comment also made several suggestions for revising the format on the information collection that will be incorporated to the extent possible. In addition, the comment highlighted several problems clients and attorneys have encountered related to the processing and distributing the application. These problems are being corrected through additional processing guidance, training and discussion by program staff.
The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until March 20, 2000. 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: Stuart Shapiro, Department of Justice Desk Officer, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20530; 202-395-7316.
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 agencies 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 currently approved collection.
(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal.
(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Forms I-589 and I-589S. Office of International Affairs, 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. This information collection will be used to determine whether an alien applying for asylum and/or withholding of deportation in the United States is classifiable as a refugee, and is eligible to remain in the United States.
(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to Start Printed Page 8209respond: 50,000 responses at approximately 12 hours per response.
(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 600,000 annual burden hours.
If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed 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 5307, 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, Suite 850, Washington Center, 1001 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20530.Start Signature
Dated: February 11, 2000.
Richard A. Sloan,
Department Clearance Officer, Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service.
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