The CW visa classification allows U.S employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands to employ foreign workers who are otherwise ineligible for other nonimmigrant visas. To qualify a foreign worker for CV status, a U.S employer must:
- Be engaged in a legitimate business
- Consider all available U.S. workers for the job
- Offer terms of employment in line of the nature of the employer’s business
- File the required forms for hiring transitional workers
- Comply with all federal and CNMI requirements
- Pay the worker’s transportation costs in case of involuntary dismissal
In addition, a foreign worker applying for this visa must
- Be ineligibility for any other nonimmigrant employment
- Not be present in the U.S. other than the CNMI
- Be the beneficiary of the petition filed by employer
- Be lawfully present in the CNMI
The period of stay for a CW visa is one year. CW visa recipients whose authorization period has ended must re-register for CW classification or obtain another non-immigrant or immigrant visa to lawfully stay in the CNMI. Except for Philippine nationals, CW visa recipients are not allowed to travel anywhere else in the U.S.
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