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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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30-day notice of information collection under review: application for Certificate of Citizenship; Form N-600.

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 13, 2001 at 66 FR 32148, allowing for a 60-day public comment period. Written comments were received from two organizations. The written comments have been addressed in the accompanying Supporting Statement. Based on the comments received, the INS revised the Form N-600 and created a new Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of a Certificate under Section 322. The Form N-600K will be published for public comment separately.

The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments on the revised form. Attached for your review and comment is the revised form. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until June 3, 2002. 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;

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(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 currently approved information collection.

(2) Title of the form collection: application for Certificate of Citizenship.

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form N-600, 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. This form is provided by the Service as a uniform format for obtaining essential data necessary to determine the applicant's eligibility for the requested immigration benefit.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 88,500 responses at 1 hour per response.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 88,500 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, Regulations and Forms Services Division, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice, 425 I Street, NW., Room 4034, 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, N.W., Ste. 1600, Washington, DC 20530.

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Dated: April 24, 2002.

Richard A. Sloan,

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

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[FR Doc. 02-10799 Filed 5-1-02; 8:45 am]

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