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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Agency Information Collection Activities: Form I-929, Extension of an Existing Information Collection; Comment Request

ACTION: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted 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 information collection was previously published in theFederal Registeron December 12, 2008, at 73 FR 75540, allowing for a 60-day public comment period.

The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until April 29,2009. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

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), and to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), USCIS Desk Officer. Comments may be submitted to: USCIS, Chief, Regulatory Management Division, Clearance Office, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC 20529-2210. Comments may also be submitted to DHS via facsimile to 202-272-8352 or via e-mail,and to the OMB USCIS Desk Officer via facsimile at 202-395-6974 or via e-mail

When submitting comments by e-mail please make sure to add OMB Control Number 1615-0106 in the subject 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 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 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:Extension of an existing information collection.

(2)Title of the Form/Collection:Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant.

(3)Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection:Form I-929. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

(4)Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract:

Primary:Individuals or households. Section 245(m) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) allows certain qualifying family members who have never held U nonimmigrant status to seek lawful permanent residence or apply for immigrant visas. Before such family members may apply for adjustment of status or seek immigrant visas, the U-1 nonimmigrant who has been granted adjustment of status must file an immigrant petition on behalf of the qualifying family member using Form I-929. The information collection is necessary in order for USCIS to make a determination that the eligibility requirements and conditions are met regarding the qualifying family member.

(5)An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond:2,000 responses at 1 hour per response.

(6)An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection:2,000 annual burden hours.

If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information, please visit the USCIS Web site at:

If additional information is required contact: USCIS, Regulatory Management Division, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC 20529-2210, (202) 272-8377.

Dated: March 25, 2009. Stephen Tarragon, Deputy Chief, Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.