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Some parolees still waiting for USCIS approval of their parole renewal

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SOME individuals who have been granted humanitarian parole and have Employment Authorization Documents applied for the renewal of their EADs three months before the Oct. 28, 2019 deadline, worker advocate Itos Feliciano said.

“But as far as we know only a few renewal applications have been approved,” he added. “Each paid $495 for the renewal.”

According to the website of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “It will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for certain residents of the…CNMI.”

This specific extension of parole as authorized by law will provide relief while USCIS establishes procedures for obtaining the new CNMI resident status created by the Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act or Public Law 116-24 signed by President Trump on June 25, 2019, USCIS stated.

It added that parole “for individuals under the previous CNMI categorical parole program…expire[d] on June 29, 2019. [The U.S. Department of Homeland Security] …automatically extend[ed] parole for those individuals without interruption, under authority granted to it in Public Law 116-24 through Oct. 28, 2019. This automatic extension of 120 days will provide an opportunity for individuals to submit a re-parole request.”

USCIS said individuals “who submit a re-parole request will receive a letter from USCIS granting parole, unless there is a specific reason to deny the request as determined on a case-by-case basis. USCIS will grant parole with an expiration date no later than June 29, 2020.”

Feliciano said the parolees still waiting for the approval of their re-parole request are hoping that Gov. Ralph DLG Torres can help them.

Feliciano noted that there is still no regulation in place for the implementation of U.S. Public Law 116-24.

“We are asking the governor to please assist us so we can remain lawfully present on island and continue working while waiting for USCIS to set up a process for us to apply for CNMI permanent residency under the new law,” Feliciano added.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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