December 12, 2009

The Federal Ombudsman's Office is conducting an alien registration:

Pursuant to P.L. 110-229, the U.S. Department of the Interior is required to report to the U.S. Congress regarding the number of aliens within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

P.L. 110-229 further orders the U.S. Department of Interior to make recommendations to the U.S. Congress regarding the long-term status of aliens who were physically present in the CNMI on

Accordingly, the Office of the Ombudsman will be conducting an accounting of all aliens within the CNMI pursuant to the schedule below. For purposes of the accounting, alien means any person physically present in the CNMI who does not hold a U.S. passport or U.S. permanent resident card regardless of any Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands permit held.

When reporting to the Ombudsman’s office at Suite 203, Marina Heights II, Puerto Rico, Saipan, an alien must provide a copy of a passport or other photo identification.

Caseworkers are going to Tinian on Friday and Saturday, and to Rota on Saturday.

Any alien, who cannot report to the Ombudsman’s office during the scheduled time, should call 322-8030 for further information.

All data shall be gathered between December 14th and December 30th 2009. There will be no exceptions to the December 30th deadline.

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:

There is no fee to register.

From the ombudsman: Any employer wanting to register employees with DOI should call 322-9030 or send an e-mail to

No alien will be allowed to enter Marina Heights II building prior to 4:00 p.m. so arriving early will not help anyone. Any person wishing to submit a completed form with a copy of his/her passport attached can do so at any time even if the office is closed. Simply push the form under the door of Suite 203.

UPDATE: On Tinian this weekend over 1,200 nonresidents were registered and over 650 on Rota. Already about 2,000 have registered on Saipan.

Message from Rota: " Please contact Fr. Delfin, Art Alpino, Renato Camacho or Abner Llana to get your registration form." Aliens on Tinian and Rota can still complete registration forms and get them to the ombudsman's office.




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.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Registration Form Wendy!

the teacher said...

Just a reminder, don't forget to leave comments on the guest worker regulations...Wendy provided the link several posts down.

My comments or two cents were:

“that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.” President Obama

They key issue that initiated federal legislation was to address the CNMI’s failed and broken system of labor and immigration and what to do with contract guest workers. This administration doesn’t want them to leave, doesn’t want their wages to increase, doesn’t want them to have the right to change employers or have the freedom to travel, and they still want to retain the status quo of servitude. Some want older CGWs deported because they are owed at least 6 million dollars in judgments for non-payment and to replace them with a younger class of guest worker provided they can restrict them as well. This is complicated by the well being of thousands of US citizen children who have resided here their entire life. The only logical answer is to improve the status of legal workers here. Economically, it is the best solution and morally it is our obligations as US citizens to make past commitments to guest workers whole.

Again, I appreciate the opportunity to comment a second time in the comment period extension. I also appreciate the work the federal government is doing to promote social justice in the Commonwealth of the Northen Mariana Islands.

I would suggest that this web site be updated to incude us as part of the United States, as I am offended that we can't list the US as our country of residence. I am sure that is an error that will be corrected.


The Saipan Blogger said...

This is very inconvenient for workers who work at night.

So is 1/10 of the contract worker population expected to show up today? Unlikely.

The really busy days are going to be when Kim, Lee, and Park have to register.

Wendy said...

Hi Angelo

The workers are free to complete the form and attach a copy of their passport to it and submit it any time as stated above. 800 are already registered on Saipan.

Anonymous said...

Hi Wen,
How about Rota and Tinian do you got the figures of those who registered? And hope youll post results of all upon completion. Thanks Wendy and Mabuhay ka at tayong lahat!


Mel said...

Rota has registered around 500 last Saturday and registration is still open for those who have not registered. Please contact Fr. Delfin, Art Alpino, Renato Camacho or Abner Llana to get your registration form.

the teacher said...

I would agree with Angelo that the logistics seem tough. Registering 60 workers per hour for 10 hours per day would take 30 days to log 18k workers in a building with limited parking and a cramped facilities.

Having the forms in advance could help facilitate it, as one workers or employer could drop off a stack.

And it is open after hours, so I wish them the best, and I am sure they have good intentions.

The current administration will block and try to foil advancement of contract guest workers here as much as they possibly can, and continue the status quo as long as possible.

Pam said...

We registered over 1200 in Tinian and about 650 on Rota. Saipan in now up to 2000. All of the major employers are assisting us by collecting the forms/data otheir employees, management and respective alien family members.

Again, no one has to submit a form. It is the choice of the person.

Confidentiality is always maintained with all information given to us by any alien.

Please call the numbers Wendy provided if you have a question or need assistance.

Pam Brown, US Labor Ombudsman

Pam said...

Also, 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 1000 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.

Also, any alien who submits a completed form to my office does not have to come again on the scheduled date. They are done with this process.

Thanks again, Wendy for all the help.

Pam Brown, US Labor Ombudsman

Anonymous said...

Woodruff said not to go if you are an illegal/fugitive alien. Instead go see a lawyer! Is there a special room for illegals in the office?

The Saipan Blogger said...

It took all of five minutes and we did it at 2 PM.

Wendy said...

Thank you Pam for your clarifications.

I am trying to write a post about the misinformation, but I am so filled with disbelief and disgust that it is difficult to write.


Anonymous 2:00:

Let's assume you are being serious. Call the office if you have a question please. Numbers listed.


Thanks Angelo. That office is extremely worker-friendly.