Foreign Worker News ♥

August 15, 2012

Some foreign worker leaders and workers meet before the start of
the month-long vigil

CNMI worker leaders are united in their goal for permanent residency status for the legal, long-term foreign workers rather than an extension of the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program. They are holding a one-month vigil outside the USCIS office in Garapan.

Foreign workers are invited to attend the vigil to sign the petition and support the cause. Community members are also invited to stop by to show support.

All donations of water, coffee, and food would be greatly appreciated. Lights are also needed.

First Day to Sign up For Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals!

In other immigration news, across the nation the "dreamers" are lining up to complete application forms with USCIS for relief from deportation. An estimated 1 million undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. by their parents before they were age 16 will be allowed to stay and even get a work permit. The undocumented immigrants must not have a criminal record and must be under age 31 to be eligible for the program.

This temporary policy enacted by President Obama will hopefully lead to a permanent status for these young people who are coming out of the shadows for a chance to be accepted in the country that they call home.

This policy applies to undocumented aliens in the CNMI.

A Press Release from USCIS:

USCIS Begins Accepting Requests for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Agency successfully meets 60-day implementation 
Aug. 15, 2012 WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting requests, effective immediately, for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. On June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may request, on a case-by-case basis, consideration of deferred action.

 “USCIS has developed a rigorous review process for deferred action requests under guidelines issued by Secretary Napolitano,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “Childhood arrivals who meet the guidelines and whose cases are deferred will now be able to live without fear of removal, and be able to more fully contribute their talents to our great nation.”

Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. USCIS will review requests and make decisions on a case-by-case basis. While it does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals whose cases are deferred as part of this process will not be removed from the United States for a two-year period, subject to renewal, and may also apply for employment authorization.

USCIS is committed to ensuring that this new process works within the agency’s mission to administer our nation’s immigration benefits, provide high quality service to the public, and safeguard the integrity of the immigration system.

To learn more about the deferred action for childhood arrivals process, please visit or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at

 For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

To be considered for this process, you must show that: 
· You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
· You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
· You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
· You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
· You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained your certificate of completion from high school, have obtained your general educational development certification, or you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
· You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat
· You were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS

If you meet the above guidelines, and want to submit your deferred action for childhood arrivals request with USCIS, you will need to: 
 · Collect documents as evidence you meet the guidelines
· Complete USCIS Forms I-821D , I-765 and I-765 Worksheet
· Mail USCIS the forms and fees (total $465, accompanying Form I-765)
· Visit your local USCIS Application Support Center for a scheduled biometrics services appointment After you file, you will be able to check the status of your request online.

For more information, visit our website for the latest news and updates on this process at


Anonymous said...

Good luck to all of the OFWs!

Anonymous said...

I had an appointment at the USCIS here in saipan yesterday and was told they are still reviewing if the defferred action would include the cnmi.Please help clarify this because there are many children including me would benefit from this.

Wendy Doromal said...

11:08 Seriously? I will absolutely check this out. If this deferred action does NOT include the CNMI then the President must explain why not. There must be ONE consistent immigration policy.

It's not your money! said...

Hopefully they won't say that those who came to the CNMI prior to their 16th birthday did not come to the United States, because the CNMI was not part of the United States for purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act until the CNRA went into effect. Ditto for "entering the United States without inspection."

Wendy Doromal said...

2:54 I hope not too. If they do I am going to find it very difficult to vote this election. I already am so, so disappointed with the Democrats and their treatment of CNMI foreign workers. So many such as the members of the Hispanic Caucus have proved that they are political hypocrites that use issues to get elected. Very sad.

Anonymous said...

BTW, in regards to Aliens serving in the US Armed forces.
Under another "law" they are eligible for US Cit.
I cannot remember the details nor find the past article from VA Articles.

But if I remember within a very short time. (less than one year) They are granted such if they apply.
There were also news articles and piks of them being presented with the documents by their Commanding officers.
It has always been a direct way to Cit. for those serving in the US military but the process was vastly improved.
I do not remember if it was before this 2012 date or not.
The biggest thing is to apply as in many cases it is not publicized and little was known about this program.

I do not know if past alien service members are eligible under this program.

Anonymous said...

I do understand the "Aliens" serving in the U.S. Military thing. You just do not walk into a recruiting office and join the military. Proof of citizenship, ssan, birth certificate, complete family history, background investigation, are only a few of the items needed to join the Armed Forces.

You make it sound all well and good until you read into it.

While it does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals whose cases are deferred as part of this process will not be removed from the United States for a two-year period, subject to renewal, and may also apply for employment authorization.

Sounds just a CW-1.

Wendy Doromal said...

8:31 Please read here so you can understand!

Anonymous said...

Wendy 10:00, thank you for providing this link in regards to the US Military. It refresh and added to my "forgotten" memory.

This is something that I do not really follow but do see it occasionally in my VA correspondence.There are many presently in the NMI now that are thinking about enlisting. The problem is that they are limited to branches of service for recruitment in Saipan and unable to travel to Guam to enlist in the service of choice.
And interesting enough, true to what is in the article, the ones that I have talked to want to go into the Navy.
The biggest handicap for foriegners enlisting is the command of English, thus the Phil and Mexico have the biggest enlistment.

Anonymous said...

people need to be careful what they apply for. if applying for a CW 2 and Parole in place, you get one it is the status you have. you get a CW and leave thinking you can come back and present your self as a PRC/Russia visa waiver parolee or a regular VWPP and you are admitted as one you lose your CW and will be treated like the Parole entrant you are. As to deferred action, the CNRA is what Congress and Fed Agencies are looking to ensure is effected 2015 reduction of GW. The goal was to have those skilled workers who could be approved a current immigrant or non immigrant visa found in the INA were supposed to apply for them. Those non-skilled workers would be eliminated as there is no status for those positions found in the INA. Absent an act of Congress before 2015, that is what the Feds will enforce. An temp extension of the transitional period to include the GW is the only smart thing to do. If during the temp ext Congress gets its act together and passes a status bill that becomes law then no harm done. Lacking a bill being introduced and passed in thext 18-24 months is, by most knowledgable people, unlikely and remote. Arguing for no extension is fine but be prepared to have all GW out of status on the 2015 date. USCIS and the Feds will remember the workers opposition to an extension and won't consider giving them a pass when they ended up getting what they wanted. 9th circuit court of appeals and the Board of Immigration Appeals have both ruled on cases from the CNMI charged after 11/2009, that the CNMI did not count as the U.S. for immigration purposes....... Make an informed decision people and the live with the results...