U.S. Immigration Rules 10,000 Foreign Workers in CNMI Can NOT Continue to Work While Waiting for CW Permit Renewals

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Saipan –U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has denied the request of CNMI employers to allow foreign workers to continue working while their CW permit renewals remain pending.
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, in a report from the Saipan Tribune, said the agency is “not in a position to provide that authorization without a change to the applicable regulations, which is a complex and time-consuming process.”

He, however, assured CNMI employers that USCIS is doing what it can consistent with current law to address your concerns.

Mayorkas, responding this month to the Dec. 20 joint letters of three major employer groups in the Commonwealth, also said the agency is processing extension petitions in a timely manner to prevent delays that will cause a lapse in employment for CW beneficiaries.

USCIS continues to urge employers to file extension petitions at least 90 days before the expiration of CW-1 status. It said 83 percent or more than 10,000 of those who filed now have CW permits.

No renewed CW permit, no work
83 percent or 10,536 now with CW permits

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has denied the request of CNMI employers to allow foreign workers to continue working while their CW permit renewals remain pending.

Employer and worker groups separately said yesterday that the “economic harm” continues as a result of the non-renewal of CW-1 permits in a timely manner and hope that this is not a final decision by USCIS.

USCIS continues to urge employers to file extension petitions at least 90 days before the expiration of CW-1 status.