CW Program Limits 14,000 for 2014

September 24, 2013


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the CW limit for the 2014 as 14,000 nonresidents workers.

Without a 5-year extension all of the estimated 12,000 legal, longterm nonresident workers will end their stay in the CNMI by December 2014, according to USPL 110-229. That is unless legislation is enacted that would grant the legal, nonresident workers permanent residency.

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ms. Wendy,

From your point of view, is this good or bad to CWs? I'm just trying to figure out the effect of this to CWs here. Why not reduce it further, so we'll see how businesses here scramble to get CWs, that way CWs can somehow bargain. Why provide for possible extension of this transition?

Also, I guess workers holding H1B are out of this picture or not counted against this cap.

Wendy Doromal said...

The program is "bad". It was thrown together with little coordination and even less attention to correcting flaws. If someone tries to make suggestion the feds just push back with defensive excuses. (Such as how long it takes to process applications) An extension would be ridiculous. There is absolutely no need for an extension. An extension will just continue the problematic program. How is it that nurses and other professionals are not even considered H-1 workers and can be hired under the CW category?

EVERY legal, long-term nonresident worker should be given permanent residency status now. That would solve every problem, ensuring a stable, skilled workforce and finally making thousands of oppressed nonresidents whole.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm!!!, I thought there is a provision under USPL 110-229 that by 2014 there will be no more or (zero)alien worker on non residence worker in cnmi why now here comes the limited number of non-residence workers which I think is greater the the number of non-residence present here right now?
Anyway let's just wait and see and hope for the best and leave it to our LORD, let,s leave it all UP TO HIM,

Anonymous said...

I told you Mam it's just like the minimum wage here it is almost all categories have the same minimum wage except the Lawyers and the Doctors.

Wendy Doromal said...

You are right. The most oppressive and unfair system of labor anywhere on U.S. soil thanks to the ignorance and/or apathy of the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. If it's not at their front door or on the front pages, it's pushed to the back shelf.

Anonymous said...

Zero contract workers to abuse and steal from. Is everyone happy now ? Remember that this is happening under Barack Obama and the DREAM Act.

Anonymous said...

The chinese mamasan across the street from GFs bar claims to make 18k profit a month on her group of hookers not counting her ice sales, so I say send them all packing and clean up my commonwealth.

THoldings and HANMI employ 2k cws. No one will hire a citizen. Raise the minimum wage to US standards, cut the CW program to 3k.

CHC should hire H-1 nurses with our unlimited cap but they don't because cws are so much cheaper as its only about the money and the CNMI is cheap.

Wendy Doromal said...

8:47 Of course you notified authorities about the "Chinese mamasan's alleged illegal activities?

Anonymous said...

My prediction is that the CW visa will be reduced to zero in 6 years. It will drop around 2 thousand each year until it reaches 2 thousand. There will also be the requirement of prevailing wages in the next 2 years based on experience and job category for the CW visa, which will be artificially deflated by the Chamber of Commerce. Nurses will have to be paid $10/hr., teachers $11/hr., and engineers $12/hr., or something similar. The wages will be considerably less than wages paid on Guam and the mainland. These new prevailing wages will also be used for H-visas, which could ease the transition for many skilled workers in the CNMI to federal visas which was the originally intention of the CW visa originally.

Wendy Doromal said...

11:11 Then my prediction is the CNMI will be unable to fill professional job positions. Why would a nurse or teacher work in the CNMI when they could go to the mainland, get paid three times more and get a green card in three years?

Anonymous said...

Many nurses and teachers from developing countries will come to the CNMI for under $4/hr. The reason they can't accept a salary that low is because the law doesn't allow it. If an employment ad was placed in the Manila Bulletin today for nursing "volunteers" for CHC hospital, there would be many responses.

The reason that CW nurses work in the CNMI when they can earn more in the mainland is because they aren't recruited and mainland federal work visas are currently limited for nurses. The same goes for teachers with the exception of special education and advanced math and science high school teachers. Applicants from India or the Philippines with master's degrees in special education or a master's degrees in physics plus a bachelor's degree in education aren't likely to take a job in the CNMI even if the wages were identical to the mainland, because they have the opportunity to go to the mainland now under the H-visa. Other's don't have that luxury or they would take advantage of it.

A new prevailing wage rate based on current wages in the CNMI will have a 10x devastating effect on all (both local and foreign) workers than delaying the minimum wage 6 months, but I can almost guarantee that not much will be said when they are submitted from the CNMI DOL to the U.S. Department of Labor for approval. Workers will finally be getting green cards (I still predict 2017-2018), so the worker advocates will not speak out. Most local workers won't understand, or will be happy that former CW workers are earning less, not realizing that they are the one's that will suffer in the end.

Anonymous said...

Funny how pro CWs constantly interpret the federal immigration law and guidelines to their own wishful thinking. The law is straightforward: ZERO CWs by said date. Period. The Feds did not sugar coat this or promise ANYTHING other than those who do not abide by ICE will be deported. That they promised. Forget about what Obama said about showing mercy to anyone. As President he has deported more families than any other President. The US Government has spent the last ten years setting up training programs for US citizens to become part of the workforce. Nursing, construction, hotel management. The only reason why CWs are popular is that they are cheap. Well things will change. The demand for hiring overseas nurses from the PI has been in decline for the last six years and it continues to decline. Same with teachers. Skilled labor in the US is almost 100% GC or Citizens.

Anonymous said...

You're right, Ms Wendy!

Look at CHC, it's hard for them now to get EXPERIENCED nurses from the Phils. (there's a lot of NEWLY graduates, which I think chc will face more troubles when they get them. NZ, Canada, Japan and Australia are getting the best of professionals now from Phils.

Like most of CWs here, I discourage people that I know to come and work here. In my own little way, I guess it helps and somehow known backhome how bad is CWs situation here on CNMI.

Anonymous said...

Wendy, to answer this question:

"Why would a nurse or teacher work in the CNMI when they could go to the mainland, get paid three times more and get a green card in three years?"

The answer is because the US has an H-1 cap that is filled to the max with ITs in Silicon valley so the CNMI uncapped H-1 can hire unlimited nurses but it all comes down to money and the CNMI is cheap and prefers cws.

Papagoprime said...

NAP, Provides My family with ,, are u ready ?? $51.00 per month .. that is all ,, Thanks To Fitial ,, the thief ,, While I have NO anger towards The CW's ,, It is ridiculous ,, That I can NOT get a decent job here ,, Do to the fact That they are still here ,, Everyone ,, That is supposed to be in The Power positions ,, Is just stroking the cat ,, The CNMI Government is Criminally In contempt of violating heir own laws ,, But as They themselves benefit from The abusive relationship with The entire CW,, scam .. So be it !! I can hardly wait to See ,, What will happen ,, But like so many others ,, We AMERICANS are Not entitled To EARN a living ..here When I first arrived In 1995 ,, There were jobs , to be had .. fast forward To creative slavery .. and Wage manipulations ,, Ifa US citizen ,, tries to work for $5.55 per hour .. You actually end up ,, at a Net loss ,, after paying All ,, the costs .. You loose ,,, great incentives to get the residents into training .. gentlemen , You have seen The enemy .. and It is YOU and Your Ignorance , Incompetence and greed .. Shame on The lot of You .. When you Finally get the Karmic Kick in The dagan .. I will be there laughing at you ..