U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 28, 2019, that it will automatically extend parole (i.e., permission to lawfully remain), and employment authorization if applicable, for certain residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This extension of parole 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, signed by President Trump on June 25, 2019.

USCIS noted the following points:

  • Parole for individuals under a previous CNMI categorical parole program expired on June 29, 2019. DHS automatically extended parole for those individuals without interruption through October 28, 2019. USCIS said this automatic extension of 120 days will provide an opportunity for individuals to submit a re-parole request.
  • For parolees with an employment authorization document (EAD) expiring at the same time as their parole (June 29, 2019), USCIS is automatically extending their employment authorization through October 28, 2019.

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