30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for Nonimmigrant Visa, 43951-43952 [2018-18594]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 28, 2018 / Notices • Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Office (CA/VO). For Physical Damage: • Form Number: DS–160 and DS–156. Non-Profit Organizations with • Respondents: All Nonimmigrant Credit Available Elsewhere ... 2.500 Visa Applicants. Non-Profit Organizations with• Estimated Number of Respondents: out Credit Available Else14,000,000. where ..................................... 2.500 • Estimated Number of Responses: For Economic Injury: 14,000,000. Non-Profit Organizations with• Average Time per Response: 90 out Credit Available Elsewhere ..................................... 2.500 Minutes. • Total Estimated Burden Time: 21,000,000 Annual Hours. The number assigned to this disaster • Frequency: Once per respondent’s for physical damage is 156576 and for application. economic injury is 156580. • Obligation to Respond: Required to (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Obtain or Retain a Benefit. Number 59008) We are soliciting public comments to James Rivera, permit the Department to: Associate Administrator for Disaster • Evaluate whether the proposed Assistance. information collection is necessary for [FR Doc. 2018–18536 Filed 8–27–18; 8:45 am] the proper functions of the Department. • Evaluate the accuracy of our BILLING CODE 8025–01–P estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and DEPARTMENT OF STATE assumptions used. [Public Notice: 10503] • Enhance the quality, utility, and 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information clarity of the information to be collected. Collection: Application for • Minimize the reporting burden on Nonimmigrant Visa those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques ACTION: Notice of request for public or other forms of information comment and submission to OMB of technology. proposed collection of information. Please note that comments submitted SUMMARY: The Department of State has in response to this Notice are public submitted the information collection record. Before including any detailed described below to the Office of personal information, you should be Management and Budget (OMB) for aware that your comments as submitted, approval. In accordance with the including your personal information, Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we will be available for public review. are requesting comments on this Abstract of Proposed Collection collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The The Online Application for purpose of this Notice is to allow 30 Nonimmigrant Visa (DS–160) is used to days for public comment. collect biographical information from DATES: Submit comments directly to the individuals seeking a nonimmigrant Office of Management and Budget visa. The consular officer uses the (OMB) up to September 27, 2018. information collected to determine the applicant’s eligibility for a visa. Form ADDRESSES: Direct comments to the DS–156 is required by regulation of all Department of State Desk Officer in the nonimmigrant visa applicants who do Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and not use the Online Application for Nonimmigrant Visa (Form DS–160). Budget (OMB). You may submit Posts will use the DS–156 in limited comments by the following methods: circumstances when the DS–160 is • Email: oira_submission@ unavailable, as outlined below, to elicit omb.eop.gov. You must include the DS information necessary to determine an form number, information collection applicant’s visa eligibility. title, and the OMB control number in the subject line of your message. • Fax: 202–395–5806. Attention: Desk Methodology The DS–160 will be submitted Officer for Department of State. electronically over industry standard SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: encryption technology to maintain a • Title of Information Collection: secure connection to the Department via Application for Nonimmigrant Visa. the internet. The applicant will be • OMB Control Number: 1405–0182. • Type of Request: Revision of a instructed to print a confirmation page Currently Approved Collection. containing a bar coded record locator, daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Percent VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Aug 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43951 which will be scanned at the time of processing. The Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS–156) paper version will be used only in the following limited circumstances when applicants cannot access the DS–160: • An applicant has an urgent medical or humanitarian travel need and the consular officer has received explicit permission from the Visa Office to accept form DS–156; • The applicant is a student exchange visitor who must leave immediately in order to arrive on time for his/her course and the consular officer has explicit permission from the Visa Office to accept form DS–156; • The applicant is a diplomatic or official traveler with urgent government business and form DS–160 has been unavailable for more than four hours; or • Form DS–160 has been unavailable for more than three days and the officer receives explicit permission from the Visa Office. In order to obtain a copy of form DS– 156, an applicant must contact the Embassy or consulate at which he or she is applying, and request a copy. Additional Information This collection is being revised to include both nonimmigrant visa application methods: The online version (form DS–160) which is used by the vast majority of applications, and the paper version (form DS–156) which is used in limited circumstances. Currently, the online application and paper application are approved under two separate collections. With this renewal, the Department seeks to combine these into a single collection. Upon approval, the Department will seek to discontinue OMB Control Number 1405–0018, the existing collection for form DS–156. The Department also is revising the collection to add several additional questions for most nonimmigrant visa applicants. One question lists multiple social media platforms and requires the applicant to provide any identifiers used by applicants for those platforms during the five years preceding the date of application. The platforms listed may be updated by the Department by adding or removing platforms. Additional platforms will be added only if collection is consistent with the uses described in the Supporting Statement and after Office of Management and Budget approval. In addition, the applicant will be given the option to provide information about any social media identifiers associated with any platforms other than those that are listed that the applicant has used in the last five years. The Department will collect this information from visa applicants for E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 43952 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 28, 2018 / Notices identity resolution and vetting purposes based on statutory visa eligibility standards; however, the Department does not intend to routinely require applicants for specific visa classifications, such as most diplomatic and official visa applicants, to respond to this question. Other questions seek five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel; whether the applicant has been deported or removed from any country; and whether specified family members have been involved in terrorist activities. Additionally, some E nonimmigrant visa applicants will be asked whether the principal treaty trader was issued a visa. The ‘‘Sign and Submit’’ statement will provide applicants additional information related to correcting records within Federal Bureau of Investigation databases. Finally, the revised visa application forms will include additional information regarding the visa medical examination that some applicants may be required to undergo. Additional details of the changes are available in supporting documents. Carl C. Risch, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2018–18594 Filed 8–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10505] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Electronic Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of proposed collection of information. ACTION: The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. 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) up to September 27, 2018. 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 methods: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Aug 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 • Email: oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov. 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: • Title of Information Collection: Electronic Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration. • OMB Control Number: 1405–0185. • Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. • Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Office (CA/VO/L/ R). • Form Number: DS–260. • Respondents: Immigrant Visa Applicants. • Estimated Number of Respondents: 710,000. • Estimated Number of Responses: 710,000. • Average Time per Response: 155 minutes. • Total Estimated Burden Time: 1,834,167 Annual Hours. • Frequency: Once per application. • 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 The Electronic Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (DS–260) is used to collect biographical information from individuals seeking an immigrant visa. The consular officer uses the information collected to elicit information necessary to determine an applicant’s eligibility for a visa. Methodology The DS–260 will be submitted electronically over industry standard PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 encryption technology to maintain a secure connection to the Department via the internet. The applicant will be instructed to print a confirmation page containing a bar coded record locator, which will be scanned at the time of processing. Additional Information The Department is revising the collection to add several additional questions for immigrant visa applicants. One question lists multiple social media platforms and requires the applicant to provide any identifiers used by applicants for those platforms during the five years preceding the date of application. The platforms listed may be updated by the Department by adding or removing platforms. Additional platforms will be added only if collection is consistent with the uses described in the Supporting Statement and after Office of Management and Budget approval. In addition, the applicant will be given the option to provide information about any social media identifiers associated with any platforms other than those that are listed that the applicant has used in the last five years. The Department will collect this information for identity resolution and vetting purposes based on statutory visa eligibility standards. Other questions seek five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel; whether the applicant has been deported or removed from any country; and whether specified family members have been involved in terrorist activities. The ‘‘Sign and Submit’’ statement will provide applicants information related to correcting records within Federal Bureau of Investigation databases and additional information regarding the immigrant visa medical examination. Applicants from countries where female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is prevalent will be provided a link in the DS–260 to an electronic pamphlet that covers the illegality of the practice in the United States. Further, applicants will be required to check a box verifying that the link was provided to them. Finally, the revised visa application forms will include additional information regarding the visa medical examination that some applicants may be required to undergo. Additional details of the changes are available in supporting documents. Carl C. Risch, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2018–18595 Filed 8–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 28, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43951-43952]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-18594]


=======================================================================
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice: 10503]


30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for 
Nonimmigrant Visa

ACTION: Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of 
proposed collection of information.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The Department of State has submitted the information 
collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for approval. 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) up to September 27, 2018.

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 
methods:
     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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
     Title of Information Collection: Application for 
Nonimmigrant Visa.
     OMB Control Number: 1405-0182.
     Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved 
Collection.
     Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa 
Office (CA/VO).
     Form Number: DS-160 and DS-156.
     Respondents: All Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants.
     Estimated Number of Respondents: 14,000,000.
     Estimated Number of Responses: 14,000,000.
     Average Time per Response: 90 Minutes.
     Total Estimated Burden Time: 21,000,000 Annual Hours.
     Frequency: Once per respondent's application.
     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

    The Online Application for Nonimmigrant Visa (DS-160) is used to 
collect biographical information from individuals seeking a 
nonimmigrant visa. The consular officer uses the information collected 
to determine the applicant's eligibility for a visa. Form DS-156 is 
required by regulation of all nonimmigrant visa applicants who do not 
use the Online Application for Nonimmigrant Visa (Form DS-160). Posts 
will use the DS-156 in limited circumstances when the DS-160 is 
unavailable, as outlined below, to elicit information necessary to 
determine an applicant's visa eligibility.

Methodology

    The DS-160 will be submitted electronically over industry standard 
encryption technology to maintain a secure connection to the Department 
via the internet. The applicant will be instructed to print a 
confirmation page containing a bar coded record locator, which will be 
scanned at the time of processing. The Nonimmigrant Visa Application 
(DS-156) paper version will be used only in the following limited 
circumstances when applicants cannot access the DS-160:
     An applicant has an urgent medical or humanitarian travel 
need and the consular officer has received explicit permission from the 
Visa Office to accept form DS-156;
     The applicant is a student exchange visitor who must leave 
immediately in order to arrive on time for his/her course and the 
consular officer has explicit permission from the Visa Office to accept 
form DS-156;
     The applicant is a diplomatic or official traveler with 
urgent government business and form DS-160 has been unavailable for 
more than four hours; or
     Form DS-160 has been unavailable for more than three days 
and the officer receives explicit permission from the Visa Office.
    In order to obtain a copy of form DS-156, an applicant must contact 
the Embassy or consulate at which he or she is applying, and request a 
copy.

Additional Information

    This collection is being revised to include both nonimmigrant visa 
application methods: The online version (form DS-160) which is used by 
the vast majority of applications, and the paper version (form DS-156) 
which is used in limited circumstances. Currently, the online 
application and paper application are approved under two separate 
collections. With this renewal, the Department seeks to combine these 
into a single collection. Upon approval, the Department will seek to 
discontinue OMB Control Number 1405-0018, the existing collection for 
form DS-156.
    The Department also is revising the collection to add several 
additional questions for most nonimmigrant visa applicants. One 
question lists multiple social media platforms and requires the 
applicant to provide any identifiers used by applicants for those 
platforms during the five years preceding the date of application. The 
platforms listed may be updated by the Department by adding or removing 
platforms. Additional platforms will be added only if collection is 
consistent with the uses described in the Supporting Statement and 
after Office of Management and Budget approval. In addition, the 
applicant will be given the option to provide information about any 
social media identifiers associated with any platforms other than those 
that are listed that the applicant has used in the last five years. The 
Department will collect this information from visa applicants for

[[Page 43952]]

identity resolution and vetting purposes based on statutory visa 
eligibility standards; however, the Department does not intend to 
routinely require applicants for specific visa classifications, such as 
most diplomatic and official visa applicants, to respond to this 
question. Other questions seek five years of previously used telephone 
numbers, email addresses, and international travel; whether the 
applicant has been deported or removed from any country; and whether 
specified family members have been involved in terrorist activities. 
Additionally, some E nonimmigrant visa applicants will be asked whether 
the principal treaty trader was issued a visa. The ``Sign and Submit'' 
statement will provide applicants additional information related to 
correcting records within Federal Bureau of Investigation databases. 
Finally, the revised visa application forms will include additional 
information regarding the visa medical examination that some applicants 
may be required to undergo. Additional details of the changes are 
available in supporting documents.

Carl C. Risch,
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2018-18594 Filed 8-27-18; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4710-06-P