Get Your Questions Answered by USCIS

September 20, 2011


USCIS is sponsoring a series of workshops to answer questions about CW visas. The workshops also offer an opportunity to ask related questions about parole. CNMI permanent residents and immediate relatives of FAS citizens can apply for parole.

I encourage every foreign worker and employer to attend a workshop. The best people to answer questions are the employees of USCIS.

Here is the schedule:




See also the USCIS CNMI Page

Of interest:
Some Answers To Common Questions on CW Visas
DHS to Review 300,000 Deportation Cases

June 17, 2011 DHS Memo:

13 comments:

the teacher said...

The answer on unpaid wages seems harsh...it is return home, file your case, or go to the Embassy to return for the hearing or court case at the workers expense.

Anonymous said...

That is only one of many ways the CNMI labor system under Public Law 15-108 was superior to federal immigration law.

“Federalization: You asked for it; you got it.”

Anonymous said...

The Feds do not care about unpaid wages people. I heard that four C-130 cargo planes will be landing on Saipan in December.

Anonymous said...

There's no more hope for all of us here, even professional is on limbo...to exit on nov. 27 if the application for H visa has no approval yet. how fast could it be? 6 months or more? how about my kid's that goes to school here? I'm loosing hope, what else could we expect? this is emotional stress that could lead to depression, it's ok if only me...spare my kids with all of this. They're to young for this kind of worries. GOD Please help us.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 10:36

Why do you put forth such false statements as facts? I happen to KNOW that the "Feds" do care about unpaid wages. I happen to be providing information to interested federal parties (with an s). You heard 4 planes will be landing? For what ? To take the criminal employers to federal prison?

Anonymous said...

my kid is not acceptable in PI school because the third grading is passed!!! is he going to repeat his six grade? I am mad!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the policy on unpaid wages is designed to compel workers who are not being paid to REPORT IT AT ONCE, instead of waiting 6 or more months and only filing a complaint when their contract is terminated? Enforcement is enhanced when the worker has no incentive to delay reporting.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 1:38

Perhaps THE LAW SHOULD BE ENFORCED. If a person reports a crime within the time allowed it should be prosecuted. Period. You do not understand threats? You do not understand that these people are obligated to pay back ridiculous recruitment fees that keep them with abusive employers? The entire system of disenfranchisement keeps these people in a state of fear and allows employers to abuse them. It is disgusting that people stand by while others are routinely cheated and worse, condone or make excuses for the criminal employers!

Anonymous said...

Dear Wendy:

Enforcement is precisely the point. There are only two people who know that a worker isn't getting paid, the employer who's doing the cheating, and the worker who's being cheated. If we discount the possibility that the employer has a sudden epiphany and reports himself, we are left with the worker.

The sooner the worker reports that he's not being paid, the easier it is for enforcement to occur. If we give the worker 5 years to report it, then some workers will choose not to rock the boat until they absolutely have to, and in the meantime, the employer may go bankrupt, or may leave the islands for greener pastures, leaving the worker with a worthless default judgment at the end of the day. Another concern is that records tend to disappear the longer you wait to file your claim. A worker who reports right away can have his case investigated very quickly, while one who waits a year or more may find there are no records to back up his claim, only his word against that of the employer.

And threats shouldn't be a major concern, because a worker who is willing to risk reprisal from an employer after one year of not being paid should be just as willing to report him after two weeks, particularly when the worker is not absolutely tied to the cheating employer, as under the old CNMI-controlled system. If your employer doesn't pay you for two weeks, report him. If he retaliates against you for exercising your legal rights, sue him, or file a complaint with the EEOC or with US Labor. That's the way the system works for U.S. citizen workers, and for alien workers in the U.S. Mainland. Why can't it work for CW workers, too? It just makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Can someone help me? I have staffs that are assigned at different locations, does this means that I have to file seperately?

Anonymous said...

I think that the reality is starting to sink in despite all the warnings many of us where shouting.......be prepared to leave. USCIS has already stated there is not going to be green cards or improved status, there are only those non immigrant and immigrant statuses under the INA. The feds don't consider the woulda coulda shouldas nor do they make decisions on what might happen some day if the stars align properly.....it is what it is. regarding unpaid wages and this happens stateside too, I know Wendy may be talking to "fed" agencies, the EEOC is good they handle these type of issues as does USDOL. The ombudsman may be a fed agency but in the CNMI they are almost an nuetered agency now that DHS is here. the EEOC and DOL have nothing to do with and no power over immigration, neither do those anyone outside of DHS. USCIS is the DHS good cop(benefits) and ICE (deportation) is the DHS bad cop, when the good cop starts telling you it ain't going to happen and no you can't do that, you can only imagine what will happen when the bad cop starts taking over. Read and understand the CW regs Guest Workers and if you are eligible and your employer needs you I wish you well, if you don't find yourself within the regs then it is time to begin to put in place the exit plan you should have been preparing since '09....... not trying to be mean just telling you the raw painful truth we all should have seen coming.......

Anonymous said...

@945:

You pretty much hit the nail on the head. People will still believe that a miracle will happen. I mean, how can the Obama Administration not save thousands of suffering CWs! Where are Pelosi, Stayman and Miller? Even after thousands are deported they will still try and come back here. Look at it this way: The fees alone to apply are out of reach for nearly all applicants! The Feds know this. This is class discrimination. Hate to say it but the CWs were much better of before Federal takeover. I know that people will spin the hell out of that but it's absolutely true!

the scribe said...

We just heard on this blog this week that a worker went one year without being paid. How can that happen? It happens because the employee thinks the no pay job is the best employment offer they have on the table. That scenerio is why federalization will make this a better place for workers and residents. Or to quote the local saying posted above, "Greater is the fault of he who allows the injustice upon himself."
-Chamorro proverb