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USCIS Announces Termination of the Categorical Parole Programs for Certain Individuals Present in the CNMI

USCIS announced that, effective immediately, the categorical Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) parole programs are terminated. The notice states that after any parole authorized through these programs expires, USCIS will not renew that parole. Current parolees who have requested an extension of parole from USCIS will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and if approved, will receive a letter granting an additional 180-days transitional parole.

USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for FY2017

USCIS announced that it has received enough petitions to reach the numerical limit of 12,998 workers who may be issued CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) visas or otherwise provided with CW-1 status for FY2017. The final receipt date for CW-1 worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2017, was October 14, 2016.

DHS Final Rule Implementing CNMI Transitional Worker Classification

DHS final rule implementing the CW classification, which is the temporary transitional worker classification specifically created for the CNMI, and establishing employment authorization incident to CW status. The rule is effective 10/7/11

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