A bumpy and foggy road to recovery: CNMI will reopen its economy amid unfamiliar circumstances

July 8, 2020

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will publish an interim final rule implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, which protects U.S. workers in the CNMI and ensures that U.S. workers will not be displaced or encounter a competitive...

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Washington — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revised Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, by removing the means-tested benefit criteria that was previously used as a factor in determining whether an applicant was exempt from paying for filing fees or biome...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Pacific Islander immigrant population in the United States grew 12 percent between 2010 and 2017, according to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice’s report, which also listed “Guamanian or Chamorro,” alongside Bangladeshi and Indian Americans as the fastest growi...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Foreigners living in the Northern Marianas under humanitarian parole may now heave a sigh of relief following President Donald Trump’s signing of a new law that saves them from deportation.

Introduced by CNMI Rep. Gregorio “Kilili” Sablan, H.R. 559 — also known as the N...

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the 66,000 congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2019, but the federal agency will continue accepting petitions from Guam and the CNMI.

Cap exemptions apply to petitions for...

Friday, July 13, 2018

 When I was in the fifth grade at a Catholic grade school in Illinois, we had a classmate whose parents were fairly recent immigrants from an eastern European country. One day she came to school with a scarf tied under her chin, and some of the “cool girls” on the play...

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Tourism and construction are clear casualties

Saipan—Expect a mad scramble for CW1 slots for the last two fiscal years of the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program as the federal government prepares to end the five-year extension of the Commonwealth-only visa.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saipan -- CNMI officials are pressed for time in finding a solution to their current worker crisis, given the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker or the CW-1 program’s uncertain future. The CNMI is facing a huge labor demand in the coming years with 22 projects in the pipeli...

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