Humanitarian parole program for CNMI terminated

USCIS Director L. Frances Cissna

Effective immediately, the humanitarian parole programs for the CNMI are terminated but the federal government allows a 180-day transition period, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced.

Humanitarian parole for the spouses and parents of U.S. citizens in the Marianas, immediate relatives of citizens of the freely associated states including Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Palau, certain stateless individuals and persons with permanent resident status, and in-home caregivers can be extended until June 29, 2019, USCIS said in a press release Friday.

The parole policies covering these groups, begun during the Obama administration.

USCIS Director L. Frances Cissna

“Although USCIS will not otherwise authorize re-parole under these programs, it will allow a transitional parole period and extension of employment authorization (if applicable) for up to 180 days,” USCIS said. “The transitional parole period of up to 180 days will help ensure an orderly wind-down of the programs and provide an opportunity for individuals to prepare to depart or seek another lawful status.”

USCIS Director L. Frances Cissna said those now on parole could apply to stay in the Marianas during the transition. They could be granted work authorization and could use the extra time to look for some other immigration status or arrange to leave the Marianas.