Original Date AnnouncedDecember 8, 2020
DOS announces proposed revisions to the Refugee Biographic Data Sheet and provides a 60-day comment period until February 8, 2021 for public comment. The data collected on the Refugee Biographic Data Sheet is used "to initiate refugee resettlement processing, adjudicate the refugee applicant's application for admission to the United States, to run security checks on refugees by intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies, to conduct medical screenings, and to plan international travel before a refugee applicant can be permitted to travel to the United States."
Information collected on the Refugee Biographic Data Sheet includes date and place of birth, gender, contact information, including social media handles, marital status, family ties, religion, ethnic group, background, education, occupation, skills, medical information, English language ability, associated family members' refugee resettlement cases, and identity documents.
[ID #1236]2020.12.08 DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 11270] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Refugee Biographic Data
Biden Administration Action: Approved/RetainedMarch 17, 2021
2021.03.17 DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 11375] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Refugee Biographic Data
On March 17, 2021, DOS notified the public of the forthcoming submission of this information collection to the OMB for approval and provided an additional 30-day comment period on proposed changes to the Refugee Biographic Data Sheet.View Document
Biden Administration Action: Approved/RetainedMarch 25, 2021
Supporting Statement Submitted to OMB
On March 25, 2021, the information collected was received at OMB for review and approval.View Document
Current StatusNot in effectMarch 17, 2021
Acted on by Biden AdministrationMarch 25, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration