The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved 5M Construction’s H-2B petitions for 38 foreign workers who will pick up the construction work for Ken Corp.’s stalled luxury hotel project in Tumon.
The 340-room Tsubaki Tower, which is estimated to cost $180 million, is the first civilian project to have received H-2B visa approval under the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes the hiring of skilled foreign for projects related to the military buildup.
The defense spending law gives the USCIS the flexibility to approve up to 4,000 H-2B visas for pertinent projects.
“The Tsubaki Hotel project is the first private sector project to be designated as being associated with the military realignment and to be approved as such by USCIS. Previous approvals were for government projects,” a press release from the governor’s office states.
Communications director Oyaol Ngiraikl explained that the Civilian-Military Coordination Council has endorsed Tsubaki as a “military buildup-related project” based on the argument that some service members stay at hotels when they are on Guam.