USDOL issues 1,841 foreign labor permits for CNMI

Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (file photo)

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued temporary labor certifications for 1,841 foreign workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The office of Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan issued a release over the weekend reporting the updates from the federal labor agency.

According to the release, the U.S. Labor Department reports a 41-day average to process temporary labor certifications. While 69 percent of applications are being approved, authorizing agency only denied around 16 percent of the applications

In total, USDOL reported receiving applications for 13,394 CW-1 workers. There are 12,500 CW-1 permits available in FY2020.

“I wanted to get this information to the public as soon as I had it, because of the concern in the business community that the Department of Labor is delaying action on the certifications,” Sablan said.

Before employers can apply for FY2020 CW-1 worker permits to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USDOL must certify the unavailability of U.S. workers to fill a specific position in the commonwealth.