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 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 www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at
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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 www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.