CNMI – U.S. House Committee Approves Bill Granting Resident Status to Those Born in NMI Between ‘ 74 & ’78

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Guam –  The House Natural Resources Committee has approved a bill resolving the status of certain persons legally residing in Northern Mariana Islands under the immigration laws of the United States. The Committee agreed by unanimous consent to send the measure, H.R. 1466, to the House floor for passage.

H.R. 1466 would allow persons born in the Northern Marianas between 1974 and 1978, persons given permanent resident status under CNMI law, and their family members to continue to live and work in the Marianas. The bill also permits immediate family members of U.S. citizens to remain in the Marianas until they can adjust their status under U.S. immigration law.

Only persons who entered the Northern Marianas legally and remain legally present qualify under the bill. No amnesty is provided anyone who does not have legal status.