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60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection (OMB 1405-0018): DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application (Formerly OF-156)

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Department of State.




The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment in the Federal Register preceding submission to OMB. This process is conducted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

The following summarizes the information collection proposal submitted to OMB:

Type of Request: Extension of Currently Approved Collection Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Visa Services (CA/VO).

Title of Information Collection: Nonimmigrant Visa Application.

Frequency: Once.

Form Number: DS-156 (formerly OF-156).

Respondents: Most nonimmigrant visa applicants.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 9,600,000.

Average Hours Per Response: 1 hour.

Total Estimated Burden: 9,600,000 hours.

Public comments are being solicited to permit the agency to:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
  • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of technology.


Public comments, or requests for additional information, regarding the collection listed in this notice should be directed to Eric Cohan, 2401 E St., NW., RM L-703, Tel: 202-663-1164, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20520.

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Dated: March 19, 2001.

Linda Donahue,

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Visa Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 01-7546 Filed 3-26-01; 8:45 am]