AMERICAN SAMOA TO QUESTION SPONSORS OF ALIENS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (February 3, 1998 -Samoa News/Tohi)---The American Samoa Immigration Board plans to question local residents who are sponsoring more than one foreign national.

According to Immigration Board Chairman Tuilefano Vaela’a, the Board has become increasingly aware that many local residents seeking to sponsor amnesty applicants have previously appeared before the Board.

"Some have ten aliens under their sponsorship," said Tuilefano.

He said that local immigration laws normally allow United States nationals to sponsor only one alien for domestic purposes.

Aliens granted permission to enter American Samoa as domestics must reside in the territory for 12 months before they can apply to the Board for approval to work continuously in the territory.

Tuilefano said that the Board plans to review each case of multiple sponsoring.

"No one person may sponsor more than one person for domestic work unless it is clearly established to the satisfaction of the Board that more than one domestic worker is necessary by reason of age or infirmity of the sponsor or a member of the sponsor's family."

In addition, Tuilefano said, "no one person may sponsor more than one person for agricultural work unless the Board is satisfied that the sponsor needs the additional workers and can afford their care in all ways while in American Samoa."

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