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Executive Office for Immigration Review; Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Requested

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60-day emergency notice of information collection under review: Request for Recognition of a Non-profit Religious, Charitable, Social Service, or Similar Organization (Form EOIR-31).

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with emergency review procedures of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. OMB approval has been requested by September 23, 2005. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. If granted, the emergency approval is only valid for 180 days. Comments should be directed to OMB, Office of Information and Regulation Affairs, Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer, Washington, DC 20503. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until November 14, 2005.

During the first 60 days of this same review period, a regular review of this information collection is also being undertaken. All comments and suggestions, or questions regarding additional information, to include obtaining a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions, should be directed to MaryBeth Keller, General Counsel, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice, Suite 2600, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22041; telephone: (703) 305-0470.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

—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;

—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;

—Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

—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.

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Overview of this information collection:

(1) Type of Information Collection: Reinstatement with Change.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Request for Recognition of a Non-profit Religious, Charitable, Social Service, or Similar Organization.

(3) Agency Form Number, if Any, and the Applicable Component of the Department of Justice Sponsoring the Collection: Form Number: EOIR-31. Executive Office for Immigration Review, United States Department of Justice.

(4) Affected Public Who Will be Asked or Required to Respond, as Well as a Brief Abstract: Primary: Non-profit organizations seeking to be recognized as legal service providers by the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). Other: None. Abstract: This information collection is necessary to determine whether the organization meets the regulatory and relevant case law requirements for recognition by the Board as a legal service provider, which then would allow its designated representative or representatives to seek full or partial accreditation to practice before the EOIR and/or the Department of Homeland Security.

(5) An Estimate of the Total Number of Respondents and the Amount of Time Estimated for an Average Respondent to Respond: It is estimated that 110 respondents will complete the form annually with an average of 2 hours per response.

(6) An Estimate of the Total Public Burden (in Hours) Associated With the Collection: There are an estimated 220 total annual burden hours associated with this collection.

If additional information is required contact: Brenda E. Dyer, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, 601 D Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530, or by e-mail at brenda.e.dyer@usdoj.gov.

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Dated: September 9, 2005.

Brenda E. Dyer,

Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice.

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[FR Doc. 05-18306 Filed 9-14-05; 8:45 am]

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