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60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Nonimmigrant Fiancé(e) Visa Application

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Notice of request for public comment.


The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.


The Department will accept comments from the public up to June 18, 2013.


You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

  • Web: Persons with access to the Internet may use the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) to comment on this notice by going to You can search for the document by entering “Public Notice 8285” in the Search bar. If necessary, use the Narrow by Agency filter option on the Results page.
  • Email:
  • Mail: Chief, Legislation and Regulation Division, Visa Services DS-156K Reauthorization, 2401 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20520.

You must include the DS form number (if applicable), information collection title, and the OMB control number in any correspondence.

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Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents, to Sydney Taylor, Visa Services, U.S. Department of State, 2401 E Street NW., L-603, Washington, DC 20522, who may be reached at

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  • Title of Information Collection: Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) Visa Application
  • OMB Control Number: 1405-0096
  • Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection
  • Originating Office: CA/VO/L/R
  • Form Number: DS-156K
  • Respondents: Foreign Nationals applying for a nonimmigrant visa to enter the United States as the fiancé(e)
  • Estimated Number of Respondents: 35,000
  • Estimated Number of Responses: 35,000
  • Average Time per Response: 1 hour
  • Total Estimated Burden Time: 35,000 hours
  • Frequency: Once per respondent
  • Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit

We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this 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 the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review.

Abstract of proposed collection:

Under INA Section 101(a)(15)(K) [8 U.S.C. 1101] Form DS-156K will be used by consular officers to determine the eligibility of a foreign national for a non-immigrant fiancé(e) visa.


Form DS-156K is used by consular officers at post to determine the eligibility of an alien applicant for a non-immigrant fiancé(e) visa.

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Dated: April 10, 2013.

Edward J. Ramotowski,

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 2013-09252 Filed 4-18-13; 8:45 am]