CW-1 visa situation now in crisis in the Northern Mariana Islands

BY NELSON J. XU

The CW-1 visa issue in the Northern Mariana Islands has finally reached a point of crisis.

On Sept. 2 the Department of Homeland Security announced the CW-1 cap for fiscal 2017 would be 12,998. As of Sept. 20, a total of 10,256 CW permits had already been approved. What this means is that there are only 2,732 CW-1 visas left before the fiscal year has even started.

I was told that a few thousand applications were pending as of around the same date, so it looks probable that . . .

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