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For some examples of tools, we invite you to explore this CDC Web site: http:// www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/ demonstr.htm. This announcement is also available on the www.grants.gov Web site; we are also publishing the information in the Federal Register again this year to provide information to the public in a timely manner. Dated: October 31, 2007. Francis J. Sturm, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Director of Prevention Policy. [FR Doc. E7–21972 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P South Loop East, Houston, Texas 77011–1747, (713) 645–9620. This notice is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander Hal R. Pitts, Executive Secretary of HOGANSAC, telephone (713) 671–5164, e-mail hal.r.pitts@uscg.mil, or Lieutenant Sean Hughes, Assistant to the Executive Secretary of HOGANSAC, telephone (713) 678–9001, e-mail sean.p.hughes@uscg.mil. Notice of this meeting is given pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92–463). Agenda of the Meeting: Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC). The tentative agenda includes the following: (1) Opening remarks by Executive Director (CAPT Diehl) or Executive Director’s representative. (2) HOGANSAC membership election of chairperson and vice-chairperson. (3) Membership election of seven (07) subcommittee chairpersons. Information On Services For The Handicapped: For information on facilities or services for the handicapped or to request special assistance at the meetings, contact the Executive Secretary or Assistant to the Executive Secretary as soon as possible. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: November 5, 2007. J.R. Whitehead, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 07–5606 Filed 11–06–07; 2:13 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–15–M DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No.CGD08–07–041] U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee [CIS No. 2433–07; DHS Docket No. USCIS– 2007–0059] Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of Meeting. RIN 1615–ZA63 AGENCY: ACTION: Filing Location for H–2A Petitions The Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) will meet to elect a new committee chairperson, vicechairperson and chairpersons for subcommittees. The meeting will not be a working meeting. This meeting will be open to the public. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 from 9–10 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Houston Pilots Association, 8150 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This Notice announces that employers petitioning for temporary or seasonal agricultural workers coming to the United States under the H–2A nonimmigrant classification must file their petitions at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s California Service Center. Receiving all H–2A petitions at the designated California Service Center PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63621 will enable U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to reduce overall petition processing times and better monitor the adjudication of H–2A petitions. DATES: This Notice is effective December 10, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hiroko Witherow, Service Center Operations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite 3000, Washington, DC 20529, telephone (202) 272–8410. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The H–2A nonimmigrant classification applies to alien workers coming to the United States temporarily to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sec. 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a); see 8 CFR 214.1(a)(2) (H–2A classification designation). As part of the process to obtain H–2A nonimmigrant status, a U.S. employer must file Form I–129, ‘‘Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker,’’ on the workers’’ behalf. On October 17, 2007, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was centralizing the processing of Forms I– 129 filed under the H–2A nonimmigrant classification (hereinafter ‘‘H–2A petitions’’) to its California Service Center (CSC). See http://www.uscis.gov/ files/pressrelease/ H2AUpdate17Oct07.pdf. USCIS also issued Form I–129 Supplemental Filing Instructions for filing H–2A petitions at the CSC. The October 17 announcement encouraged employers to begin filing H– 2A petitions at the CSC address. Previously, employers were required to file H–2A petitions either with USCIS’ California Service Center (CSC) or Vermont Service Center (VSC), depending on the location of the temporary employment. See Form I–129 Instructions (Rev. 07/30/07), at pages 13 through 16. The change in filing location of H–2A petitions to the CSC was prompted by USCIS’ establishment of a special unit at the California Service Center dedicated to process all H–2A petitions. USCIS believes that receiving all H–2A petitions at the designated CSC address will help speed the feereceipt, data-entry, and adjudication processes. In so doing, USCIS will be able to reduce overall petition processing times and better monitor the adjudication of H–2A petitions. USCIS has been forwarding H–2A petitions to the CSC for processing if a E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1 63622 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices different service center received the petitions. However, after December 10, 2007, USCIS will no longer continue to forward H–2A petitions filed at another service center. Instead, these petitions and accompanying fees will be returned to the petitioner for proper filing. II. H–2A Filing Address at the CSC Beginning on December 10, 2007, employers must file H–2A petitions at the following address in accordance with the Supplemental Filing Instructions to Form I–129: For Direct Mail: U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, California Service Center, ATTN: H–2A Processing Unit, P.O. Box 10140, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607–1040. For non-United States Postal Service (USPS) deliveries (e.g. private couriers): U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, California Service Center, ATTN: H–2A Processing Unit, 24000 Avila Road, Room 2312, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. An H–2A petition also can be electronically filed. Instructions for electronically filing Form I–129 for the H–2A classification is available on USCIS’ Web site at www.uscis.gov. III. Paperwork Reduction Act Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13, 109 Stat. 163 (1995), all Departments are required to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for review and approval, any reporting or recordkeeping requirements. Accordingly, the supplemental instructions for the Form I–129 were submitted and approved by OMB. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 1615–0009. Dated: November 5, 2007. Emilio T. Gonzalez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. [FR Doc. E7–21984 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Arrival and Departure Record: (Forms I–94 and I–94W) Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: 60-Day Notice and request for comments; Revision of an existing information collection: 1651–0111. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on an information collection requirement concerning the Arrival and Departure Record, Forms I–94 and I– 94W. This request for comment is being made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)). DATES: Written comments should be received on or before January 8, 2008, to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Information Services Group, Attn.: Tracey Denning, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 3.2.C, Washington, DC 20229. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Attn.: Tracey Denning, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 3.2.C, Washington, DC 20229, Tel. (202) 344–1429. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)). The comments should address: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimates of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or startup costs and costs of operations, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. The comments that are submitted will be summarized and included in the CBP request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this document CBP is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection: Title: Arrival and Departure Record. OMB Number: 1651–0111. Form Number: I–94 and I–94W. Abstract: These forms are used to deliver to the CBP Officers at the port of arrival lists or manifests of persons on board arriving and departing vessels and aircrafts. These forms are completed by PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the master or commanding officer, or authorized agent, owner, or consignee of the vessel or aircraft. CBP proposes to revise this information collection by adding e-mail address and phone number to the I–94 and I–94W. Current Actions: This submission is being submitted to revise the current information collection. Type of Review: Revision. Affected Public: Individuals. Estimated Number of Respondents: 17,924,380. Estimated Time Per Respondent: 7 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,079,228. Estimated Total Annualized Cost on the Public: $120,958,321. Dated: November 2, 2007. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, Information Services Group. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[CIS No. 2433-07; DHS Docket No. USCIS-2007-0059]
RIN 1615-ZA63


Filing Location for H-2A Petitions

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This Notice announces that employers petitioning for temporary 
or seasonal agricultural workers coming to the United States under the 
H-2A nonimmigrant classification must file their petitions at U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Service's California Service Center. 
Receiving all H-2A petitions at the designated California Service 
Center will enable U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to reduce 
overall petition processing times and better monitor the adjudication 
of H-2A petitions.

DATES: This Notice is effective December 10, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hiroko Witherow, Service Center 
Operations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of 
Homeland Security, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite 3000, 
Washington, DC 20529, telephone (202) 272-8410.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The H-2A nonimmigrant classification applies to alien workers 
coming to the United States temporarily to perform agricultural labor 
or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Immigration and 
Nationality Act (INA) sec. 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 8 U.S.C. 
1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a); see 8 CFR 214.1(a)(2) (H-2A classification 
designation). As part of the process to obtain H-2A nonimmigrant 
status, a U.S. employer must file Form I-129, ``Petition for 
Nonimmigrant Worker,'' on the workers'' behalf. On October 17, 2007, 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was 
centralizing the processing of Forms I-129 filed under the H-2A 
nonimmigrant classification (hereinafter ``H-2A petitions'') to its 
California Service Center (CSC). See http://www.uscis.gov/files/
pressrelease/H2AUpdate17Oct07.pdf. USCIS also issued Form I-129 
Supplemental Filing Instructions for filing H-2A petitions at the CSC.
    The October 17 announcement encouraged employers to begin filing H-
2A petitions at the CSC address. Previously, employers were required to 
file H-2A petitions either with USCIS' California Service Center (CSC) 
or Vermont Service Center (VSC), depending on the location of the 
temporary employment. See Form I-129 Instructions (Rev. 07/30/07), at 
pages 13 through 16. The change in filing location of H-2A petitions to 
the CSC was prompted by USCIS' establishment of a special unit at the 
California Service Center dedicated to process all H-2A petitions. 
USCIS believes that receiving all H-2A petitions at the designated CSC 
address will help speed the fee-receipt, data-entry, and adjudication 
processes. In so doing, USCIS will be able to reduce overall petition 
processing times and better monitor the adjudication of H-2A petitions.
    USCIS has been forwarding H-2A petitions to the CSC for processing 
if a

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different service center received the petitions. However, after 
December 10, 2007, USCIS will no longer continue to forward H-2A 
petitions filed at another service center. Instead, these petitions and 
accompanying fees will be returned to the petitioner for proper filing.

II. H-2A Filing Address at the CSC

    Beginning on December 10, 2007, employers must file H-2A petitions 
at the following address in accordance with the Supplemental Filing 
Instructions to Form I-129:
    For Direct Mail: U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
California Service Center, ATTN: H-2A Processing Unit, P.O. Box 10140, 
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-1040.
    For non-United States Postal Service (USPS) deliveries (e.g. 
private couriers): U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
California Service Center, ATTN: H-2A Processing Unit, 24000 Avila 
Road, Room 2312, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.
    An H-2A petition also can be electronically filed. Instructions for 
electronically filing Form I-129 for the H-2A classification is 
available on USCIS' Web site at www.uscis.gov.

III. Paperwork Reduction Act

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, 109 
Stat. 163 (1995), all Departments are required to submit to the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB), for review and approval, any reporting 
or recordkeeping requirements. Accordingly, the supplemental 
instructions for the Form I-129 were submitted and approved by OMB. The 
OMB Control Number for this information collection is 1615-0009.

    Dated: November 5, 2007.
Emilio T. Gonzalez,
Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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