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Administration drastically reduces transitional worker visa allotments for Northern Mariana Islands for FY 2017-2019

  1. Original Date Announced

    November 22, 2017

    CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) visas allow employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to apply for permission to employ foreign (nonimmigrant) workers who are otherwise ineligible to work under other nonimmigrant worker categories. The statute creating this transition program requires annual reductions in the numerical cap. In some years, the Obama Administration had reduced the cap by just one. In this regulatory action, the Trump Administration announced larger reductions. The new caps are 9,998 for FY 2018; 4,999 for FY 2019; and 2,499 until Dec. 2019 when the program expires. [ID #490]

    Federal Register Notification: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker Numerical Limitation for Fiscal Years 2018 Through 2020
  2. Effective Date

    October 1, 2017

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • November 22, 2017

    The cap for FY 2017 had been 12,998, and for FY 2016 it was 12,999.

    Cap for FY17

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