I live in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, Is Saipan included on deferred action?
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DHS and DOJ are implementing conforming amendments to their respective regulations to comply with the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, which extends the immigration laws of the U.S. to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). (74 FR 55725. Based on this it "ought to" if the immigration laws of the US apply in the CNMI although to know for sure I would have to do more research. However, logically it "appears" that if US Immigration laws apply in the CNMI then it follows that DACA would also apply HOWEVER, I'm not sure and I would need to look further into this if you like to contact us via email or telephone and retain our services. Perhaps, other colleagues may chime in and share their expertise. Good luck.
The Board found that respondent’s admission to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) by a CNMI officer before CNMI was included in the definition of the U.S. did not amount to an admission into the U.S. Matter of Valdez, 25 I&N Dec. 824 (BIA 2012).
On 11/30/09, USCIS announced that it will grant parole status to eligible foreign nationals from certain impacted groups in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). USCIS will exercise this authority pursuant to INA §212(d)(5). A list of question and answers follows this update.
The Ninth Circuit held that persons born in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) after 1/9/78, the effective date of the Covenant between the CNMI and the United States, are U.S. citizens. (Sabangan et al. v. Powell, 7/1/04).
Mr. Calehr gave a better response than I would be able to provide.
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