Dear USCIS Stakeholders:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be offering the opportunity to apply for a grant of parole to immediate relatives of United States citizens who are lawfully present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) as of Nov. 27, 2011 and meet other conditions for eligibility. Immediate relatives of United States citizens include the legal spouse, unmarried children under 21 years of age, and parents (regardless of the age of the child).

USCIS will also provide the opportunity to apply for parole to aliens born in what is now the CNMI between Jan. 1, 1974 and Jan. 9, 1978, and their unmarried children under 21 years of age and legal spouses. This group of individuals is sometimes referred to as “stateless” because of their unique situation under the Covenant Act establishing eligibility for U.S. citizenship of individuals born in the CNMI.

The grant of parole will allow these individuals to remain in the CNMI until December 31, 2012. USCIS will provide further details on how to apply for this parole shortly. In the interim, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and “stateless” aliens may stay in the CNMI after the expiration of the umbrella permits as long as they are legally present and living in the CNMI on November 27, 2011.

Individuals who are eventually granted parole will be eligible to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) but may not begin working until the EAD is issued unless another basis for employment authorization exists under U.S. law. Aliens working in the CNMI only under an umbrella permit are not authorized to be employed on or after November 28, 2011 except for certain beneficiaries of pending transitional worker (CW) petitions.

This announcement does not extend to anyone other than the group of relatives of U.S. citizens and “stateless” aliens as described above. USCIS has, since 2009, exercised the authority to grant parole on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.

Individuals should not apply for parole based on this announcement. USCIS is making this initial announcement now in order for this group of CNMI residents to make appropriate plans for the future in light of the pending November 27, 2011 expiration of umbrella permits. More specific details on how to apply will be provided in the near future.

Please continue to check our website at for the most up to date guidance and information.

I celebrate with those who were included in the parole (1/4 of the total amount of legal foreign workers) and stand by those so callously excluded (12,000). We will continue the fight!  Please take the time to read what Angelo Villagomez wrote on his blog. Thanks Angelo.


the teacher said...

Hail Mary, what a wonderful Thanksgiving present to thousands of NMI residents including 41 current students!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Not wonderful for single OCWs with no kids. Been here 29 years. Glad for my friends but not right.

Anonymous said...

This is very good news indeed.

Anonymous said...

Good for the minority of the workers, bad for the majority. Bad for us with kids born overseas. Happy Thanskgiving.

Anonymous said...

This is a result of Kilili's work. Period.

Anonymous said...

5:05 The result of Kilili's work, the work of petitions sent asking for parole and administrative action, the work of people who wrote letters and the work of the workers who occupied USCIS.

Anonymous said...

Does this parole include parents of children born in the CNMI between 8 May 2008 and 28 November 2011?

If so, that is broader than H.R. 1466. Yet if the bill is not amended correspondingly, this “bonus parole” will not help these parents of infants & toddlers in the long run.

Does this parole exclude IRs of FAS citizens?

If so, their inclusion in H.R. 1466 would become useless, because they would fall out of status.

Anonymous said...

FAS IRs were never included in H.R. 1466. That was IRs of U.S. citizens and of the other limited groups (CNMI Permanent Residents & “stateless”).