Date AnnouncedDec. 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.
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Subsequent ActionMarch 17, 2021
Under the Biden administration, on March 17, 2021, DOS submitted the information collection to the OMB for approval and provided an additional 30-day comment period on proposed changes to the Refugee Biographic Data Sheet.2021.03.17 DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 11375] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Refugee Biographic Data
USCIS Fact Sheet referencing some of the biographic data originally gathered: "basic biographic data . . . including names, dates of birth."2020.06.03 U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES Refugee Security Screening Fact Sheet
- Information Collection Intake Script August 2014