Saipan – In response to a request from Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the United States Postal Service has agreed to extend the retail operating hours at its Chalan Kanoa, Saipan branch through the evening of November 28. The extended hours are to accommodate the increased volume of mail anticipated prior to the November 28 filing deadline mandated under Public Law 110-229 and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations.
Sablan made a request to the Postal Service on Friday, November 18, 2011 for additional service hours in response to a concern raised by a constituent that the existing hours may be insufficient to process the large volume of outgoing mail related to the USCIS November 28 filing deadline.
“I really appreciate the willingness of our local Northern Mariana Islands Postmaster, Amy Marshall, her staff, and her colleagues in Hawaii, including Leo B. Tudela, to address the needs of our community and provide this extraordinary service in recognition of the importance of this deadline,” said Congressman Sablan. “This will help to mitigate what are certain to be long lines and extended waiting times at the Post Office over the coming days.”
In addition to the extended retail service hours, Gregory Kawasaki, the Honolulu District’s acting Manager of Post Office Operations which oversees the Saipan Post Office offered Congressman Sablan his assurance that all mail deposited at the Chalan Kanoa branch after retail service hours but prior to midnight, November 28, 2011 will receive a November 28, 2011 postmark.
The Postal Service has indicated that they will continue to monitor the situation on Tinian and Rota, but do not anticipate a volume of such mail on those islands that would require additional hours.
Mr. Kawasaki also reminded the Congressman that Postal Service customers are encouraged to utilize the Capitol Hill and San Vicente branch Post Offices.