Humanitarian parolees to meet Sunday

All foreign workers under the humanitarian parole program will be having a meeting at 2:30pm on Sunday at the Marianas Business Plaza to discuss issues that concern their status in the CNMI.

More than 2,000 guest workers in the CNMI were granted humanitarian parole for various reasons, a status that they received during the transition period when Public Law 110-229 or the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 was enacted in 2009.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued humanitarian paroles to foreign workers who were left without employment status. These workers either had minor children who are U.S. citizens or were given transitional conditional permits (umbrella permits).

The meeting is to try to submit a petition to USCIS to allow foreign workers under the program to continue working for 240 days while their papers are being processed.

Foreign workers under the program have to stop working while their documents are being processed. Most of them will be renewing their papers next month. Others had submitted their application for renewal way ahead of the date of expiration.

The group is asking Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to assist them in asking USCIS to grant their request to continue working while their papers are being processed.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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