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State Department proposes revisions to Refugee Biographic Data Sheet

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 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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    2020.12.08 DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 11270] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Refugee Biographic Data
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  3. Biden Administration Action: Approved/Retained

    March 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.

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  4. Biden Administration Action: Approved/Retained

    March 25, 2021

    Supporting Statement Submitted to OMB

    On March 25, 2021, the information collected was received at OMB for review and approval.

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Current Status

Not in effect
March 17, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
March 25, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Proposed
Trump Administration Action: Forms and Information Collection
Subject Matter: Refugees

Associated or Derivative Policies

Pre Trump-Era Policies

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