1 Sep 2011

US signs regulations governing CNMI foreign workers

10:40 am on 1 September 2011

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary has signed in Washington, D.C. the long-delayed regulations governing foreign workers in the Northern Marianas.

The move paves the way for regulations to be published in the Federal Register this week.

The Saipan Tribune paper reports there's less than three months to go before the expiration of the two-year period allowed under the federalization law, where-in workers can still remain in the CNMI using a Commonwealth-issued permit.

After November 27, foreign workers need to have a U.S. employment visa such as a transitional CW visa or an H visa, or they could face deportation.