Saipan – Alien workers who qualify can now start applying for a temporary 1-year parole which, if granted, would allow them to lawfully remain in the Commonwealth until Dec. 31, 2012.
The temporary special parole was announced on Thanksgiving Day and the Saipan Tribune reports that this past Friday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service released the applications and guidelines for the temporary parole.
There is no deadline for applying for this type of parole, but the Immigration service strongly recommends that eligible individuals apply on or before the end of January. The granting of parole is at the discretion of the Immigration service and it wil be decided on a case-by-case basis.
It is a temporary parole because CNMI Delegate Kilili Sablans’s bill aimed at settling the status of thousands of alien workers, has not yet been acted on by the U.S. House. H.R. 1466 would grant CNMI-only resident status to 4 categories of people.
Those categories include immediate relatives of U.S. citizens as of May 8, 2008 and continuing to be on the islands; CNMI permanent residents; those born in the CNMI between Jan. 1, 1974 and Jan. 9, 1978; and spouses, parents, or children of U.S. citizens under the Immigration and Nationality Act.