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USCIS Extends Transitional Parole for CNMI Long-Term Resident Status Applicants

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On December 8, 2021 USCIS announced that they would automatically extend the parole and employment authorization for parolees who timely applied for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) long-term resident status. This extension applies specifically to current parolees who timely filed their Form I-955 and Form I-765 and whose applications remain pending on December 30, 2021. The automatic extension will extend the parole to June  30, 2022 or whenever USCIS adjudicates the case, whichever date is earlier.


Eligible parolees may use the following documentation as evidence of identity and work authorization:

  • A copy of this web alert;
  • Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document, bearing category code “C-11” with an expiration date on or before June 29, 2020; and
  • Evidence that they filed Form I-955 and Form I-765 on or before Aug. 17, 2020. This may be a copy of Form I-797C, Notice of Action, reflecting that they have filed Form I765 requesting the classification (“class”) code of (c)(37), or if unavailable, a copy of their Form I-955 and Form I-765 with a mail receipt.

The CNMI long-term resident status was created by the Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act in June 2019. The law specifically gave the Department of Homeland Security the discretion to authorize parole, with work authorization, for these individuals during the time period needed to implement the new law. Eligible individuals had 180 days, until August 17, 2020, to apply for CNMI long-term resident status. If USCIS denies a parolee’s Form I-955 and Form I-765, their parole (and employment authorization, if applicable) will end and they must depart the CNMI.

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