USCIS allows Star Marianas CW pilots to fly to Guam

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has provided Star Marianas’ three Japanese pilots with documentation that allows them to fly to Guam, Star Marianas said.

The Japanese pilots are senior pilots who work under the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker or CW Visa program, Star Marianas president Shaun R. Christian said.

Although they are fully authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct scheduled and non-scheduled flights in the U.S., Christian said they were restricted from conducting flights to Guam because of their CW status.

On Thursday, Star Marianas stated: “Star Marianas Air is pleased to report that USCIS has provided our Japanese pilots with documentation that allows them to fly flights to Guam from the CNMI.”

Star Marianas Air added that it “would like to extend its sincere appreciation to USCIS, Governor Ralph Torres, Congressman Gregorio Sablan and other members of the CNMI leadership for their assistance. We look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality of service possible to the communities we serve.”

Last week, Christian reached out to the governor and Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios asking for help in expediting the approval of the advance parole for the three pilots who applied for it on Nov. 22, 2019.

Christian said that “without the ability to utilize these captains on flights into Guam,” Star Marianas would be “unable to maintain the existing level of flexibility in providing medical referral patient transfers and other on-demand charters between the CNMI and Guam.”

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