Director David Gulick on USCIS Issues

December 7, 2010

David Gulick, District Director of USCIS is on Saipan for several days and met with United Workers Movement president Rabby Syed to discuss some issues pertaining to USCIS.  Mr. Syed had previously expressed concern that the applications for advance parole took a long time to process.  The delay caused some workers hardship such as having  to reschedule airline tickets at an additional cost. Mr. Gulick said that additional personnel were added to the Guam office to process advance parole papers.

Requests for USCIS to process advance parole on Saipan were refused due to the lack of personnel and funding. Mr. Gulick told Mr. Syed that after December it would take 10 days to process advance parole application, which is good news to the workers.

Mr. Gulick said that over 4,800 advance parole applications were processed since federalization takeover November 28, 2009.

There is still no word on when the DHS CNMI-only worker regulations will be released, although DHS had previously stated that they would come out in September 2010.  No one expects them to be released before 2011.

Mr. Gulick stated that no one had to worry about their status, but affected individuals who did not apply for umbrella permits need to apply for parole-in-place 90 days before November 28, 2011. The Marianas Variety reported:
“We are aware of the fears. We are aware of them. I would hope people would recognize what we have done,” Gulick added. “We do not intend to get rid of everybody,” he said, referring to nonresidents in the CNMI.

Gulick said he has a “dedicated team working in the CNMI and doing what they can.”

A year after the federalization of CNMI immigration, Gulick said educating the people about federal immigration law has become “more challenging.”
Regarding rudeness of USCIS employees in the Saipan office, Mr. Gulick said to contact either him or USCIS Guam and the CNMI field office director Walter L. Haith and recount the “specific words and specific actions that were done on them.”


Anonymous said...

Perhaps Andrew O. De Guzman and his editor Zaldy Dandan will eventually learn that USCIS stands for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Not U.S. “Customs” and Immigration Services as stated in the lede.

Is Mr. De Guzman overly focused on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? Watch out!

Anonymous said...

The handling of the transition to federal immigration has been horrible. The CNMI carries a modicum of blame, but the real power rests with the Feds, and the way they've handled things thus far, and considering this is a tenuous transitional period, has been cruel and at times simply kooky.