USCIS Advises Foreign Nationals Whose Work Permits Expire Before CNMI-Only Visa Categories are Available
WASHINGTON –U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will grant parole-in-place status to certain foreign nationals in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Foreign nationals without umbrella permits whose work permits expire before new visa categories are available to them under federal immigration laws may be eligible for this interim status.
Certain employers and their foreign national employees did not apply for umbrella permits covering the two-year transition period to federal immigration law. They may have planned to apply for CNMI-Only Transitional Worker visas immediately after the Transition Period began in Nov. 2009. However, a court ruling that month stopped this nonimmigrant category from being available. As a result, some foreign nationals face losing their legal immigration status because of a gap between the expiration of their current CNMI work permit and the availability of the new CNMI-Only Transitional Worker status.
Certain foreign nationals with CNMI Investor permits may also face a gap between the expiration date of their CNMI investor permit and the availability of the CNMI-Only E-2 Investor status.
To apply for parole-in-place, you should submit:
Keep a copy of all materials for your records.
Mail all documents to the following address:
The Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA) extended most provisions of federal immigration law to the CNMI beginning on November 28, 2009. As of that date, foreign nationals in the CNMI were considered present in the United States and subject to federal immigration law. In implementing the CNRA, USCIS seeks to implement Congressional intent by taking steps to minimize potential adverse economic effects on the CNMI and support future economic and business growth in the CNMI.
For more information in regard to the CNMI, please visit our Web site at www.uscis.gov/CNMI.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/21/2010