ALIEN REGISTRATION ENDS AT MIDNIGHT


December 28, 2009 (December 29, 2009 Saipan time)


The Federal Ombudsman Office has announced that the alien registration will end tonight at midnight. Anyone who has not registered should register today!

The total number of aliens who have registered to date has reached close to 19,000!

Some questions and answers on the alien registration:
  • What is the function of the federal ombudsman office? The federal ombudsman office was established by the U.S. Department of Interior to assist the foreign contract workers.
  • Is the information I give confidential? All matters brought to the federal ombudsman's office are strictly confidential.
  • If I am considered "illegal should I register? No one should fear the alien registration regardless of "status." However, if any person has questions please feel free to call the Ombudsman's Office at 322-8030. Filipinos please contact Cris at 483-8034 and Glen at 483-8035, Chinese please contact Li at 483-8037 and Bangladeshi and Nepalese please contact Ripon at 483-8033. The federal ombudsman made this statement concerning "illegals": "I would like to respond to the misinformation being circulated by some here in the CNMI. The umbrella permit did not grant any status under federal immigration law. Further, only the Attorney General of the CNMI has the authority to grant immigration status under CNMI law. AG Buckingham granted conditional umbrella permits to close to 1,000 aliens. The AG's umbrella permits provided legal status to every recipient as of the federal takeover. None of them are "ILLEGAL" under federal law since they were legal under CNMI law. This of course will be debated by others but to what avail is not clear."
  • Why is there a registration? The registration being conducted by this federal office is for the purpose of gathering accurate and specific information for the report that the U.S. Department of Interior. From the Consolidated Natural Resources Act (P.L. 110-299):
    "Report on Nonresident Guestworker Population- The Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Governor of the Commonwealth, shall report to the Congress not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008. The report shall include--
    (1) the number of aliens residing in the Commonwealth;
    (2) a description of the legal status (under Federal law) of such aliens;
    (3) the number of years each alien has been residing in the Commonwealth;
    (4) the current and future requirements of the Commonwealth economy for an alien workforce; and
    (5) such recommendations to the Congress, as the Secretary may deem appropriate, related to whether or not the Congress should consider permitting lawfully admitted guest workers lawfully residing in the Commonwealth on such enactment date to apply for long-term status under the immigration and nationality laws of the United States."
    The registration form addresses these specific questions and will make it possible for the DOI to submit an accurate report and recommendations.
  • Do advocates and worker groups support the registration? The registration is supported by worker advocates and worker leaders who have been assisting with getting the word out and with the actual registration. Worker leaders and advocates were briefed on the registration and the purpose. We are excited that this process is underway and encourage everyone to help to get the most accurate information possible to the DOI by registering.
  • Are employers supporting the registration? Employers are also assisting by gathering forms from their employees and their employee's alien family members and getting them to the ombudsman's office.
  • If you registered prior to the scheduled date listed in the notice do you have to return to the ombudsman's office on the date you were scheduled to register? No!
  • For more information, call the Ombudsman's Office at 322-8030. Filipinos please contact Cris at 483-8034 and Glen at 483-8035, Chinese please contact Li at 483-8037 and Bangladeshi and Nepalese please contact Ripon at 483-8033.

Here is the alien registration form. Click on the image to be able to print:


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