Check out this article for more: http://www.visalaw.com/01jan4/12jan401.html Hello there, I am presently residing in Los Angeles with my family. We are planning to move to Saipan. You may wonder why somebody who is living in California would think of moving to an island. I was laidoff last October because of the economic crisis.
I have a relative living in Saipan, she is inviting me to visit Saipan so I would have a view of what is it like to live in an island, although I came from Philippines, at least to see for myself what Saipan has to offer.
My question is...I am a lawful permanent resident or a green card holder, obviously I am not a U.S. citizen yet, do you think I will have a problem with regards to immigration? I understand you are not an immigration attorney, but do you have any idea as far as immigration is concerned for someone like me who would like to relocate to Saipan. the economic situation here in the mainland is very bad right now. it scares us.
[Further clarification by Immigration Attorney Bruce Mailman:]
Time spent in the CNMI by a US permanent resident BEFORE November 28, 2009 does NOT count toward the total time for naturalization unless the permanent resident was "inside"¬ù for immigration purposes under the Covenant as the spouse, parent or child of a US citizen who also lives here. In that case, the time does count. Also, if the permanent resident had a valid re-entry permit from USCIS, then CNMI time beore November 28, 2009 will not count against the permanent resident as "outside" time that would interrupt continuous presence in the US.
The permanent resident who has been outside the US for too long will have to put in additional time -the usual formula is "four years and a day" before being able to apply for naturalization. This can seriously affect what happens to immediate relatives of permanent residents for whom the permanent resident would like to file immigration petitions.
Hope that helps.
Quarantine and Health Certification: All plants and animals must be given prior approval before entry, and animals must be quarantined. Importation of controlled substances or weapons is strictly prohibited. Vaccination certification is not required unless the traveler comes from an infected area.
Currency and Monetary Instruments: The transportation of currency or monetary instruments, regardless of amount is legal. However, if you bring in $10,000 or take out more than $10,000 from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands ( in U.S. or foreign equivalent, or any combination of the two) whether in currency, coin, travelers checks, money order, or negotiable instruments, you are required by law to file a report on Form 4790 with the CNMI Customs Service. If you have someone else carry the currency or instruments for you, you also file the report.
Agricultural Products: To prevent the entry of dangerous agricultural pests, the following are restricted: fruits, vegetables, plants, plants products and other plant materials, soil, meat, meat products, birds, snails and other live animals or animal products (whether fresh, cooked, raw, or processed; whether for sale or personal use).
Alcohol and Tobacco: Any passenger disembarking from a ship or airplane may import for personal use and consumption, exempt from excise tax, the following: An amount of distilled alcoholic beverages not to exceed 77 ounces. Beer or other alcoholic malt beverages not to exceed 288 ounces. Wine or sake not to exceed 128 ounces. Tobacco, other than cigarettes, not to exceed one pound. An amount of cigarettes, not to exceed 3 cartons of 10 packages per carton. However, only ten (10) packs of labeled cigarettes not complying with the Cigarettes Labeling and Advertising Act, or not listed on the Attorney General's Directory of Approved Cigarette Brands available upon request from a Custom's Officer ("prohibited brands"). Thus, if you possess more than ten (10) packs of any one cigarette brand, please list them below. Any prohibited brands over the exempted pack amount shall also be subject to forfeiture at Customs. For a listing of the directory of approved brands, please access the CNMI Attorney General Office's website (http://www.cnmiago.gov.mp) under Tobacco Enforcement section.
Firearms and Ammunition: Any person who possesses any firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition shall, before or immediately upon entrance in the CNMI, turn it in to a Customs Office. The firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition shall be return to the person upon his or her being issued an identification card pursuant to the provisions of 6 CMC ¬ß2201-30.
Here on Saipan, we have experts on such matters who have been offering information for the benefit of all. The following series of articles have appeared in the Saipan Tribune courtesy of Maya Kara and Bruce Mailman, immigration lawyers on island.
Maya Kara is a native of Hungary and comes to the practice of law by way of her interest in Asian history. Bruce Mailman is a native of Bakersfield, California and was a private investigator in California prior to becoming a lawyer. Both have lived and practiced law in the CNMI for over 20 years, Maya in government service and Bruce in private practice. They currently specialize in immigration law.
They are married and are partners in the law firm of Mailman & Kara, LLC in Garapan, Saipan.
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