[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 225 (Thursday, November 21, 2019)]
[Pages 64332-64333]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-25267]



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[OMB Control Number 1615-0111]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension, Without 
Change, of a Currently Approved Collection: Petition for CNMI-Only 
Nonimmigrant Transition Worker

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

ACTION: 60-Day notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship 
and Immigration (USCIS) invites the general public and other Federal 
agencies to comment upon this proposed extension of a currently 
approved collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the information collection notice is 
published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding the 
nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, 
the estimated burden (i.e., the time, effort, and resources used by the 
respondents to respond), the estimated cost to the respondent, and the 
actual information collection instruments.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until 
January 21, 2020.

ADDRESSES: All submissions received must include the OMB Control Number 
1615-0111 in the body of the letter, the agency name and Docket ID 
USCIS-2012-0011. To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of 
the following methods to submit comments:
    (1) Online. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal 
website at http://www.regulations.gov under e-Docket ID number USCIS-
    (2) Mail. Submit written comments to DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy 
and Strategy, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140.

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 check Case Status Online, available at 
the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS Contact 
Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833).



    You may access the information collection instrument with 
instructions, or additional information by visiting the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal site at: http://www.regulations.gov and enter USCIS-
2012-0011 in the search box. Regardless of the method used for 
submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, 
without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any personal information you 
provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You 
may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal information that 
you provide in any voluntary submission you make to DHS. DHS may 
withhold information provided in comments from public viewing that it 
determines may impact the privacy of an individual or is offensive. For 
additional information, please read the Privacy Act notice that

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is available via the link in the footer of http://www.regulations.gov.
    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: Extension, Without Change, of a 
Currently Approved Collection.
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Petition for CNMI-Only 
Nonimmigrant Transition Worker.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
DHS sponsoring the collection: I-129CW; USCIS.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Business or other for-profit. USCIS 
uses the data collected on this form to determine eligibility for the 
requested immigration benefits. An employer uses this form to petition 
USCIS for an alien to temporarily enter as a nonimmigrant into the CNMI 
to perform services or labor as a CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1). 
An employer also uses this form to request an extension of stay or 
change of status on behalf of the alien worker. The form serves the 
purpose of standardizing requests for these benefits, and ensuring that 
the basic information required to determine eligibility, is provided by 
the petitioners.
    USCIS collects biometrics from aliens present in the CNMI at the 
time of requesting initial grant of CW-1 status. The information is 
used to verify the alien's identity, background information and 
ultimately adjudicate their request for CW-1 status.
    The CW-1 classification is unique in that Form I-129CW is a 
petition for the CW-1 classification as well as a ``grant of status.'' 
A ``grant of status'' allows beneficiaries lawfully present in the CNMI 
to change status directly from their CNMI classification or DHS-issued 
parole to the CW-1 classification. See 8 CFR 214.2(w)(1)(v). When a 
beneficiary is granted CW-1 status, the adjudicating officer is 
granting admission and status to the beneficiary without requiring the 
beneficiary to depart the CNMI, obtain a visa abroad, and seek 
admission with CBP. Because we are granting the CW-1 status to the 
beneficiary, we use biometrics to make a determination of admissibility 
prior to adjudicating the Form I-129CW petition. The checks are used to 
confirm identity and ensure that CW-1 status is not granted to anyone 
who is inadmissible. As the CW program progresses, the need to take 
biometrics in most cases has diminished, as the Form I-129CW is 
increasingly used for extension of status of persons who had already 
had their biometrics taken at the initial grant stage rather than for 
initial grants of status in the CNMI, but the authority will continue 
to be used in those initial grant cases that do arise.
    (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-129CW is 
3,749 and the estimated hour burden per response is 3 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 11,247 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 $459,253.

    Dated: November 18, 2019.
Jerry L. Rigdon,
Deputy Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and 
Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of 
Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2019-25267 Filed 11-20-19; 8:45 am]