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Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request, Renewal of Existing Collection

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ACTION:

Request OMB approval: 1615-0001, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e).

The Department Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has submitted the following information collection request for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for sixty days until May 1, 2006.

Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS, Director, Regulatory Management Division, Clearance Office, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20529. Comments may also be submitted to DHS via facsimile to 202-272-8352 or via e-mail at rfs.regs@dhs.gov. When submitting comments by e-mail please make sure to add OMB Control Number 1615-0001 in the subject box. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the 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

Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved information collection.

Title of the Form/Collection: Petition for Alien Fiancé(e).

Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: Form I-129F, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: individuals and households. This form is used by a U.S. citizen to facilitate the entry of his/her fiancé(e) into the United States so that a marriage may be concluded within 90 days of entry between the U.S. citizen and the beneficiary of the petition. This form also allows the spouse or child of a U.S. citizen to enter the U.S. as a nonimmigrant, in accordance with provisions of section 1103 of the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act of 2000.

An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 200,000 responses at 30 minutes (.50 hours) per response.

An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 100,000 annual burden hours.

If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of the purposed information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information, please visit the USCIS Web site at: http/uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/pra/index.htm.

If additional information is required contact: USCIS, Regulatory Management Division, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20529, (202) 272-8377.

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Dated: February 22, 2006.

Richard A. Sloan,

Director, Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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[FR Doc. 06-1832 Filed 2-27-06; 8:45 am]

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