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PALIKIR, Federated States of Micronesia (October 29, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)--- Legislation that would create a new category of permanent resident status for some aliens in the Federated States of Micronesia has been proposed by President Jacob Nena.

In a bill submitted to the FSM Congress, Nena is requesting that alien spouses and children of FSM citizens, U.S. citizens, and other non-citizens who have established residency in the FSM for a ten-year period prior to applying for permanent residency be given special permanent resident status.

The proposed legislation, if approved, would provide such persons with automatic work authorization and employment privileges.

It also would remove the requirement that non-citizens return to their home country before being re-admitted to the FSM under any new residency status. The existing requirements, says President Nena, create personal and financial hardships on affected individuals and their families.

"I believe, the enactment of this proposed legislation," he noted, "will have many positive economic and social implications. It will serve to reduce the bureaucratic hoops through which these individuals must jump."

In addition, it will reduce government costs by eliminating what the President considers unnecessary administrative and enforcement expenditures.

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