30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application To Determine Returning Resident Status

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 237 (Tuesday, December 10, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 237 (Tuesday, December 10, 2019)]
[Pages 67504-67505]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-26512]
[Public Notice 10971]
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application To
Determine Returning Resident Status
ACTION: Notice of request for public comment.
SUMMARY: The Department of State (Department) 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
30 days for public comment.
DATES: Submit comments directly to the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) January 9, 2020.
ADDRESSES: Direct comments to the Department of State Desk Officer in
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB). You may submit comments by the following
     Email: [email protected]. You must include the
DS form number, information collection title, and the OMB control
number in the subject line of your message.
     Fax: 202-395-5806. Attention: Desk Officer for Department
of State.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 Taylor Beaumont, who may be reached at (202)
485-7586 or [email protected].
     Title of Information Collection: Application to Determine
Returning Resident Status.
     OMB Control Number: 1405-0091.
     Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved
     Originating Office: CA/VO/L/R.
     Form Number: DS-117.
     Respondents: Immigrant Visa Petitioners.
     Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,400.
     Estimated Number of Responses: 4,400.
     Average Time per Response: 30 Minutes.
     Total Estimated Burden Time: 2,200 Hours.
     Frequency: Once.
     Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a
    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.
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     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 Section 101(a)(27)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act
(``INA''), 8 U.S.C. 1101, a special immigrant is defined as an
immigrant, lawfully admitted for permanent residence, who is returning
from a temporary visit abroad. INA Sec.  203(b)(4) generally authorizes
issuance of an immigrant visa to such ``special immigrants'' as defined
in INA Sec.  101(a)(27). Department of State regulations at 22 CFR
42.22 provide that such applicants may be issued a returning resident
special immigrant visa if he or she remained out of the United States
for a protracted period due to reasons outside of his or her control
for which he or she was not responsible. 22 CFR 42.22. The DS-117 is
used, in addition to a personal interview, to collect information
necessary to determine a returning resident's eligibility for a special
immigrant visa.
    Applicants will submit the DS-117 electronically via email, or
print the form and submit it at the time of their interview at a U.S.
embassy or consulate.
Edward J. Ramotowski,
Deputy Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-26512 Filed 12-9-19; 8:45 am]