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USCIS Announces Extension of Parole for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens in CNMI

To allow immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and certain stateless individuals to maintain legal status in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the parole program for these relatives until December 31, 2018.

USCIS said this parole extension will allow an immediate relative to lawfully remain with a U.S. citizen in the CNMI, but parole does not authorize employment. Immediate relatives must, as before, obtain an employment authorization document (EAD_ by submitting Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, or obtain work authorization as a CW-1 CNMI-Only Transitional Worker or in another employment-based nonimmigrant status.

The announcement does not extend to anyone other than the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and certain stateless individuals. USCIS noted that it may grant parole on a case-by-case basis based on individual circumstances and has exercised parole authority on a case-by-case basis in the CNMI since 2009 for special situations.

To apply for extension of parole, individuals must: (1) reside in the CNMI; (2) be an immediate relative; and (3) have been granted parole previously. There is no fee.

The announcement, with application details, is at https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-extension-parole-immediate-relatives-us-citizens.

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