There’s good news for citizens of the Freely Associated States trying to meet federal REAL ID requirements for their driver’s license.
Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen and half a dozen other House members sought the reversal of previous USCIS rules through successful legislation and lobbying.
The effort undoes USCIS guidance that FAS migrants present a visa or Employment Authorization Document to receive a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license.
The requirement, if not reversed, could have put many at risk of losing their jobs and ability to travel, given the delay and burden of applying for an EAD.
FAS citizens have been allowed to live and work indefinitely in the US as non-immigrants under the decades-old Compacts of Free Association without having to obtain a visa or an EAD card.
Amata says she lived in the Republic of the Marshal Islands for eight years, and all three FAS nations play a key role in U.S. national defense and security.