Marianas Variety - Marianas Variety - Today's Headlines http://www.mvariety.com/component/content/?view=featured Sat, 27 May 2017 09:33:10 +1000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb BREAKING NEWS: USCIS reaches CW-1 cap for fiscal year 2018 http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95595-breaking-news-uscis-reaches-cw-1-cap-for-fiscal-year-2018 http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95595-breaking-news-uscis-reaches-cw-1-cap-for-fiscal-year-2018

(USCIS) — As of May 25, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the maximum possible numerical limit or the “cap” of workers who may be issued CNMI-Only Transitional Worker or CW-1 visas or otherwise provided with CW-1 status for fiscal year 2018. Although the FY 2018 cap has not been set, it is required by statute to be less than the 12,998 workers set for FY 2017.

We will issue subsequent guidance when the FY 2018 cap is set and when we are able to announce the final receipt date. Because the final receipt date will depend on the FY 2018 cap, it is also possible that USCIS will not accept some petitions received on or before May 25, 2017.

What Happens After the Cap is Reached

We will reject CW-1 petitions we received on or after May 26, 2017 that request an employment start date before Oct. 1, 2018. This includes CW-1 petitions for extensions of stay that are subject to the CW-1 cap. The filing fees will be returned with any rejected CW-1 petition.

If we reject an extension petition, the beneficiaries listed on that petition are not permitted to work beyond the validity period of the previously approved petition. Therefore, affected beneficiaries, including any CW-2 derivative family members of a CW-1 nonimmigrant, must depart the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands within 10 days after the CW-1 validity period expires, unless they have some other authorization to remain under U.S. immigration law.

Petitions that are Subject to the CW-1 Cap

The following types of Form I-129CW, Petition for a CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker are generally subject to the CW-1 cap:

New employment petitions; and
Extension of stay petitions.

All CW-1 workers are subject to the cap unless the worker has already been counted towards the cap in the same fiscal year. The U.S. government’s fiscal year begins on Oct. 1 and ends on Sept. 30.

The CW-1 cap does not apply to CW-2 derivative family members.

When to File CW-1 Petitions

We encourage CW-1 employers to file a petition for a CW-1 nonimmigrant worker up to 6 months in advance of the requested employment start date, and to file as early as possible within that timeframe. Please note, however, that we will reject a petition if it is filed more than 6 months in advance.

Alternate Classifications

Go to the Working in the U.S. page for a list of all the immigration classifications available for temporary and permanent workers. A general description of each classification, along with eligibility criteria and other filing requirements, can be found by clicking on the links provided on the page.

For more information about the CW-1 work program, visit the CW-1: CNMI-Only Transitional Worker page (https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/cw-1-cnmi-only-transitional-worker) or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

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editor@mvariety.com (USCIS) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Sat, 27 May 2017 09:26:45 +1000
US court orders Tinian Dynasty to pay over $190,000 http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95567-us-court-orders-tinian-dynasty-to-pay-over-190-000 http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95567-us-court-orders-tinian-dynasty-to-pay-over-190-000

THE federal court on Tuesday ordered the now defunct Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino owned by Hongkong Entertainment Overseas Investment Ltd. to pay a $191, 400 civil penalty to the U.S. Department of Labor secretary for willful and repeated violations of the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Bryan Manabat - bryan@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000
Guam Labor: Casino workers were unauthorized http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95565-guam-labor-casino-workers-were-unauthorized http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95565-guam-labor-casino-workers-were-unauthorized

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Two foreign nationals working on the Liberation Carnival casino construction at Paseo were found without valid authorization to be working in Guam, according to a statement from the Guam Department of Labor.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By John O’Connor - john@mvguam.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000
Owners can ‘surrender’ their pets to animal shelter http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95582-owners-can-surrender-their-pets-to-animal-shelter http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95582-owners-can-surrender-their-pets-to-animal-shelter

PET owners can call the Saipan mayor’s office if they no longer able or willing to care for their dogs or cats, the mayor’s dog control program manager Spencer Marchadesch said.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Junhan B. Todiño - junhan@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000
Zoning Board approves car wash application for conditional use permit http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95584-zoning-board-approves-car-wash-application-for-conditional-use-permit http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95584-zoning-board-approves-car-wash-application-for-conditional-use-permit

AFTER an extensive discussion of hearing procedures and an applicant’s modifications to its proposed business, the Zoning Board approved the conditional use application of a car wash business in Garapan.

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Chefs’ competition at ‘Taste’ on May 27 http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95594-chefs-competition-at-taste-on-may-27 http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95594-chefs-competition-at-taste-on-may-27

(MVA) — The annual Certified Angus Beef Chefs Competition, jointly organized by the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands and Triple J Five Star Wholesale Foods, will highlight Saturday’s (May 27) final night of 19th Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden at Garapan Fishing Base.

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Former DOL chief says corruption ongoing in NMI http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95586-former-dol-chief-says-corruption-ongoing-in-nmi http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95586-former-dol-chief-says-corruption-ongoing-in-nmi

FORMER Department of Labor Secretary Edith Deleon Guerrero blames corruption for the labor controversies involving Imperial Pacific’s contractors.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa - cherrie@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000
Engineer, lawyer appointed to CUC board http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95587-engineer-lawyer-appointed-to-cuc-board http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95587-engineer-lawyer-appointed-to-cuc-board

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres appointed an engineer and a lawyer on Thursday to the board of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. — Matthew Holley and Weston Thomas A. Deleon Guerrero.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa - cherrie@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000
US senators raise concerns about NMI labor issues http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95588-us-senators-raise-concerns-about-nmi-labor-issues http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95588-us-senators-raise-concerns-about-nmi-labor-issues

TWO U.S. senators have raised concern about CNMI labor issues and were assured by Gov. Ralph Torres that his administration is doing everything it can to address them.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa - cherrie@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000
Foreign workers stage protest http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95589-foreign-workers-stage-protest http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/95589-foreign-workers-stage-protest

OVER 20 workers who were provided temporary shelter at the Manamko Center for a week were relocated on Thursday to an apartment in Garapan, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter told Variety.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa - cherrie@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000