USCIS Notice                
October 31, 2011

Only Foreign Nationals with Parole Need Extension of Parole in the CNMI

USCIS Reminds Employers and Foreign Workers in the CNMI Who Needs to Extend Parole

Saipan, CNMI – Every day about 10 people who do not need to apply for parole or parole extensions come to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Saipan office with an InfoPass appointment.  This is a waste of their time and it delays appointments for about 50 people each week who actually need something from USCIS in order to maintain their status.  We are asking employers and applicants alike to please review the requirements for parole extension.  No one needs to or can extend parole if he or she never was granted parole. If a worker has an umbrella permit and his or her employer is petitioning for CW-1 status, that worker has a continuing lawful presence and employment provision while awaiting the decision on the I-129CW petition and does not need to ask USCIS for parole.

Only those people who were paroled into the CNMI and whose Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94, has expired or is expiring need to apply for an extension of their parole to maintain a lawful status.

Anyone paroled into the CNMI must keep parole and work authorization (if employed) current. This does not include those who have been paroled into the United States solely as tourists. Tourists are not eligible for extension of parole.

We ask that anyone who has made an InfoPass appointment and, in reviewing this update realizes that he or she does not need to apply for parole or parole extensions, please cancel any appointment you do not need so that it is available for others.

USCIS is the agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that handles immigration benefits. For more information, please visit the USCIS website at  



Anonymous said...

Well here are some hard stats about US Federal Immigration which applies in the CNMI:

"Detention Main article: Immigration detention in the United States

About 40% of illegal immigrants enter legally and then overstay.[8] About 31,000 people who are not American citizens are held in immigration detention on any given day,[66] including children, in over 200 detention centers, jails, and prisons nationwide. The United States government held more than 300,000 people in immigration detention in 2007 while deciding whether to deport them.[67]
[edit] Deportation

An individual's deportation is determined in removal proceedings, administrative proceedings under United States immigration law.[citation needed] Removal proceedings are typically conducted in Immigration Court (the Executive Office for Immigration Review) by an immigration judge.[citation needed] Deportations from the United States increased by more than 60 percent from 2003 to 2008, with Mexicans accounting for nearly two-thirds of those deported.[68] Under the Obama administration, deportations have increased to record levels beyond the level reached by the George W. Bush administration with a projected 400,000 deportations in 2010, 10 percent above the deportation rate of 2008 and 25 percent above 2007.[69] Fiscal year 2011 saw 396,906 deportations, the largest number in the history of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; of those, 216,698 had been convicted of crimes, including:[70]

44,653 convicted of "drug-related crimes"
35,927 convicted of driving under the influence
5,848 aliens convicted of sexual offenses
1,119 convicted of homicide

What you DO NOT want is this to become a National news issue. The former garment factories are perfect detention centers, complete with showers, space and toilets for detainees. Remember, US Federal Immigration is what the movement wanted. Right? So the overstayers will become illegal aliens and subject to Federal Law. If this makes national news, it would seem unfair that the 300,000 deportations that occurred could have been squashed by the advice of a wealthy Filipina Immigration lawyer who simply says "Stay"

Anonymous said...

Sounds like USCIS is getting ticked off with people trying to get something they aren't eligible for. This is their nice reminder. Pretty soon they won't be so nice and they will just be pissed that people ignore what CIS told them. I wouldn't want some mad official making a decision on my or my relatives application... This is from not having read the regs or listening to someone who heard from someone else who heard it from their auntie telling them what they need to do. The regs are the regs folks lets pay attention now and work within them. We need to understand we can't make something that isn't there. Either you qualify under the CW regs or you don't. This has nothing to do with some bill that isn't even authored yet and has no chance of getting introduced, through committee, then to the floor, voted on, if passed sent to the next chamber, where the process begins the next six months if at all before the next election. CIS made it clear there is no blanket parole to wait and hope, the percentage of "humanitarian" parole will be consistent with that granted in the mainland,,,,,very low. Everyone else do what you want, overstay because two people from the same Pinoy orginization tell you its ok. As an employer if you come to my business and can't produce evidence of "current" status you have no shot at getting hired, why would I violate the law. It would be easier for me to recuit in the PI and get a CW from there than try to hire someone who is out of status here....but listen to what other people tell you is going to happen......hows that worked out so far for you??????

maybe Wendy won't post it because it isn't in line with what the GW and their supporters want to hear but that would be consistent with what a lot of libs do no opposing point of view allowed.

Wendy Doromal said...

4:55 The CNMI with the permission and blessing of the US allowed tens of thousands of workers to enter and STAY in the CNMI legally -legally as in even 20 years or more. There is a BIG difference between what happened in the US mainland and what happened in the CNMI; what is happening in the US and what is happening in the CNMI.

It IS going to be national and international news very soon. We DO want the world to know how the US treats legal, long-term (over 5 years) foreign workers. The second that the first foreign worker who was CHEATED (while the CNMI and the US did NOTHING) is deported I will make sure that the news is broadcast world-wide.

No one WANTS to violate the law. How do people with NO money buy a ticket? How do people with NO home go home?

The US needs to understand: cost of immigration court and all processing: MILLIONS. The cost of detention: MILLIONS. The cost of airfare: MILLIONS. Cost of the reputation of the Unites States of America: PRICELESS.

Anonymous said...

4:55 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Read the U.S. Constitution, Mrs. L. Lewis said it's a MANTLE of Law, you sound noisy like a hen about to lay eggs.

Wendy Doromal said...


The staff of the USCIS understands that their clients have varying degrees of understanding in the new process and have varying degrees of English language skills. The USCIS staff is paid to dispense information and to respond to questions. The US taxpayers are paying their salaries. I am paying their salaries. The fact that they posted this notice does not demonstrate that they are "ticked off". It shows that they are trying to get information out so that there is more understanding and they can better process applications and serve the people more effectively.

I will inform the foreign workers to let us know if any "pissed off " official treats them with disrespect. Do you think this system is easy to understand? Much of it is fluid and changing and everyone has a right to ask a question!

You may assume that the CNMI will always be able to keep that turnstile spinning with new foreign workers coming. You assume too much. Do not assume that after the way the foreign workers were and ARE being treated by the US in the CNMI that employers will easily be able to just spin that turnstile and a new one will enter. Do not assume that if the US deports foreign workers who are owed money stolen from them by CNMI employers while the CNMI and US governments watched and did nothing that new host countries will allow new workers to go to be cheated. CNMI employers are going to find out real soon that educated people don't want to be treated poorly or cheated and they shun places with a reputation for ill treatment of foreign workers. Returning workers will broadcast their treatment. I am going to make sure that if the foreign workers are sent "home" that the turnstile is bolted shut. The CNMI either needs a workforce or they don't.

I will post what I want to and delete what I consider snarky or too offensive. It has nothing to do with being a "lib".

Anonymous said...

Bravo Wendy but let me ask you this. It seems like a "cake and eat it too" kind of thing. In one breathe you are saying that even the unemployed can't afford a ticket home but they can stay here unemployed and not be a burden on those people who are productive? Also how can these people who cannot afford a ticket home afford the 1500 2000 dollars for the green card if they were told tomorrow they could get one? (not going to happen for all you GW who get your news here so don't run off and tell your compas)then after paying that 1500-2000 for each application they would then have money to fly to the US mainland and set up shop??? See many of us who used to support this cause have grown callous by watching many of these people run around and demand things... How can you live here in your "home" for 20 years yet not learn the language??? It goes toward how serious someone is about making the US its home. Sending every penny home to their country and living in poverty because it is the same as in their own barrio is not bringing many of us US citizens on to their side.... sorry but the constant refrain of I deserve and I demand is making many of us resentful......and that is too bad.

Wendy Doromal said...


The unemployed need to be paid the wages that were stolen from them, and they need to be granted green cards so they are FREE to go to the US and find employment. (Yes, there are jobs in the US especially in places like North Dakota where they are desperate for workers.)

If the CNMI residents could be handed US citizenship, then the LEGAL, long-term (5 or more years) could be granted outright green cards. Stop the lie.

You never supported the cause if at the most critical time you "grew callous" and abandoned the cause. You are not a supporter if you don't stand with the legal, long-term foreign workers until the end -until justice is realized. You are not a supporter if you allow the principles of our nation to be trampled in the name of economic expediency and to to detriment of human rights. You are not a supporter if you have no understanding of the injustices and will not protest them.

If you want to be resentful direct your emotions at the problem. Resent the fact that the US failed these people. Resent that the US failed to prosecute criminal employers and fine violating businesses. Resent that the US Congress failed to act on the DOI Report when they had the window to successfully pass a bill to provide status. Resent that DESERVING people are being treated as commodities in the USA.

Green Cards for All! said...

It appears AUSA Garth Backe, who transferred to the USAO (D.N.M.I.) in October from Austin (W.D. Tex), aggressively prosecutes criminal immigration offenses. See Steven Kreytak, “Federal judge questions immigration prosecutions,” The Statesman, Fri., 5 Feb 2010 available at

Fortunately, the crime of illegal entry after deportation is not yet prevalent in the CNMI.