U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that the application period for those seeking the new Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) long-term resident status will open on February 19, 2020. This application, once granted, will permit people who have resided continuously and lawfully in the CNMI since Nov. 28, 2009, to remain in the CNMI. See this link for more details: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/cnmi-long-term-resident-status. Eligible people have 180 days from February 19, 2020 to apply for this new status. This new status does not the same thing as a lawful permanent residence and does not lead to lawful permanent resident status, i.e. a green card.
There is no filing fee for this application, Form I-955 but you are also required to file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (EAD), for which there is a fee of $495.
My attorney’s fee for preparing this application is $250. As always, I do offer payment plans.
Please contact me at [email protected] or call me at (830) 491-8556 for more information.