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Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension, Without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection: Application for Permission To Reapply for Admission Into the United States After Deportation or Removal

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.


30-Day notice.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be submitting 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 purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments.


The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until February 27, 2020.


Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, must be directed to the OMB USCIS Desk Officer via email at All submissions received must include the agency name and the OMB Control Number 1615-0018 in the subject line.

You may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal information that you provide in any voluntary submission you make. For additional information please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of

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USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, Samantha Deshommes, Chief, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140, Telephone number (202) 272-8377 (This is not a toll-free number; comments are not accepted via telephone message.). Please note contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. It is not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can Start Printed Page 5012check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS website at, or call the USCIS Contact Center at (800) 375-5283; TTY (800) 767-1833.

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The information collection notice was previously published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2019, at 84 FR 56829, allowing for a 60-day public comment period. USCIS did receive seven comments in connection with the 60-day notice.

You may access the information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information by visiting the Federal eRulemaking Portal site at: and enter USCIS-2008-0068 in the search box. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies 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 agency's 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

(1) Type of Information Collection Request: Extension, Without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States after Deportation or Removal.

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the DHS sponsoring the collection: I-212; USCIS.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. USCIS uses the data collected on Form I-212 to determine whether an alien is eligible for and should be granted the benefit of consent to reapply for admission into the United States. This form standardizes requests for consent to reapply and its data collection requirements ensure that, when filing the application, the alien provides the basic information that is required to assess eligibility for consent to reapply.

USCIS must review all documents that relate to the alien's exclusion, deportation, or removal proceedings, the alien's record of immigration violations, and the alien's criminal record, if applicable. Moreover, if the alien is inadmissible under section 212(a)(9)(C)(i) of the Act, evidence must be submitted to demonstrate that the alien has remained outside the United States for a period of at least 10 years since the date of his or her last departure.

In addition to USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Executive Board for Immigration Review (EOIR) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) also rely Form I-212 to grant consent to reapply for admission. These agencies use the application in the same manner as USCIS. CBP has developed an electronic filing system, called Electronic Secured Adjudication Forms Environment (e-SAFE), through which Form I-212 can be submitted when filed with CBP.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection I-212 is 4,883 and the estimated hour burden per response is 2 hours; the estimated total number of respondents for the biometric services associated with information collection I-212 is 100 and the estimated hour burden per response is 1.17 hours.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 9,883 hours.

(7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $613,854.

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Dated: January 22, 2020.

Samantha L. Deshommes,

Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. 2020-01368 Filed 1-27-20; 8:45 am]