NMI business community reacts to CW-1 phase-out

BY WAYNE CHARGUALAF

Journal Staff

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the number of visas it will grant for the last three fiscal years of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program in a Nov. 22 release. Congress mandated that USCIS eliminate the CW-1 program by fiscal year 2020. Starting from a cap of 9,998 workers for fiscal 2018, the number of workers allowed under the cap will be reduced by 50% each fiscal year until Dec. 31, 2019, at which point the program will end. The prospect of . . .

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