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USCIS publishes interim final rule implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act

  1. Date Announced

    May 14, 2020

    USCIS publishes IFR requiring employers of CW-1 nonimmigrants (CNMI-Only Transitional Workers) to enroll in E-Verify; file a semiannual report to verify the continuing employment and payment of CW-1 workers; and follow minimum wage requirements, among other changes. The IFR was signed by Chad Mizelle, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the General Counsel, on behalf of Acting Secretary Wolf.

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    June 18, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    August 25, 2020

    USCIS will only consider CW-1 petitions approved on or after June 18, 2020, when applying the requirement that certain CW-1 nonimmigrant workers depart the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) for a period of at least 30 continuous days. For example, any worker approved on or after June 18, 2020, for a one-year CW-1 validity period beginning Oct. 1, 2020, will be eligible for two more consecutive petition validity periods after the first period of validity expires on Sept. 30, 2021. Previously, USCIS counted all consecutive petition validity periods, even those approved prior to June 18, 2020, when determining which CW-1 nonimmigrant workers are subject to the temporary departure requirement.

    USCIS Policy Update on CW-1 Departure Requirement
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Rule
Agencies Affected: USCIS

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