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USCIS terminates categorical CNMI parole programs

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 27, 2018

    Effective immediately, USCIS terminates the categorical CNMI parole programs. This change impacts immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and certain stateless individuals; CNMI permanent residents, immediate relatives of CNMI permanent residents, and immediate relatives of citizens of the Freely Associated States (Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or Palau); and certain in-home foreign worker caregivers of CNMI residents. [ID #66]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 27, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Program Termination
Subject Matter: Humanitarian
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • On a case-by-case basis, USCIS considered applications for parole for the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and certain “stateless” individuals. A grant of parole allowed immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and stateless individuals to lawfully remain in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). USCIS exercised discretionary parole authority on a case-by-case basis in the CNMI since 2009 for special situations.

    USCIS: Parole for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens and Certain Stateless Individuals

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