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Nov 26, 2009
New Immigration Policies for Foreign Workers in Mariana Island
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A new policy for foreign workers who wants to work in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) was released to ease the immigration problems in the country.



Foreign delegates from different nations in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) recently meet to discuss the new immigration policy that the CNMI offers to all foreign workers.



During the meeting the CNMI issued a proposal for the issuance of a two-year umbrella permit to all foreign workers as an effort by the CNMI government to address concerns of foreign workers.

Among others, it was proposed that all foreign workers in the labor system will receive an Umbrella Permit, which includes 240K permit holders (for guest workers), and those persons whose applications are currently in process, such as those in the deficiency, transfer and denial categories and who have pending labor cases filed in court or on appeal.



It was reported that the umbrella permits will not serve as work permits but will only give legal status for the workers’ continued stay in the CNMI. They will not be issued to persons on the overstaying list and to those who hold entry permits other than the 240K such as students, investors, diplomats, journalists, immediate relatives and other categories in the Commonwealth’s immigration system.



Workers, it was proposed, are free to transition from the CNMI permit system to the federal system of immigration.



To date, it was added, the guidelines of the transitional worker program and the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the federalization law (Public Law 110-229) from the Department of Homeland Security have not been released.



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