Businesses Waiting for USCIS To Approve Timely CW Applications

January 2, 2016

The incompetence of USCIS in processing CW permits has impacted some businesses and about 800 nonresident workers in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

The Saipan Tribune reported that Truong's, Saipan's only Vietnamese restaurant was forced to close because of CW renewals were not processed. Other affected businesses include Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and the Maraina Resort and Spa.

The businesses met required deadlines to submit renewals for the nonresidents employees, yet permits that were set to expire on December 31, 2015 were not processed by USCIS by the deadline. By law, any nonresident worker whose permit is not renewed must stop working by the expiration date.

The idea that a person waiting for a CW permit to be renewed should stop working until the permit is in hand is unreasonable.  This bureaucratic system does not consider that the businesses need the workers to stay open to make a profit and the workers need their jobs to survive. Has the USCIS  considered that people will go without food and be put in positions where they could lose their homes because the bureaucratic agency could not process their papers in a timely manner?

Any system where people are regarded as faceless labor units is not a humane one. The system needs to be reformed. A grace period allowing CW workers to continue working for a specified period of time after the official expiration date of the permit would be one humane solution. Establishing a fully staffed USCIS Office on Saipan and processing permits there may be another solution.

The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands requested assistance from Representative Kilili Sablan regarding the non-processing of the permits.


Anonymous said...

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Skywalker fotten fafa • 13 hours ago

You forgot to mention a number of others heavily involved in leading CW's down the primrose path to today's woes and ultimate banishment from the CNMI: Tina Sablan, now disbarred
attorney Stephen Woodruff, Ron Hodges, Glen Hunter, Jane Mack, and others.



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Magahaga Skywalker • 12 hours ago

Don't forget Friends of Unheardnomore Blogspot WENDY DOROMAL and United Workers Movement President RABBI SYED on his U.S. GREEN CARD Movement. The INFAMOUS DUO!


Wendy Doromal said...

Nonresidents and labor and human rights advocates all supported federal legislation that would grant legal, longterm nonresident workers in the CNMI a clear pathway to citizenship. Disgraced ex-governor Fitial and politicians from the CNMI and Guam had that provision removed, making the legislation flawed. Supposedly the remedy was that the DOI would propose a pathway to citizenship and the US Congress would pass legislation responding to that recommendation. Well, that didn't happen! The CW
system is flawed and has needed to be revised since its earliest days.

Anonymous said...

Actually Avatar, I was never in favor of the CW program or any other birdbrained type CNMI only status because it would freeze workers here and limit their ability to travel freely for employment...and guess what, it has done just that.

In addition, our employers refuse to apply for H status because they don't have to under this terrible CW plan. Many people I know qualify but their employers won't talk about it.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 7:58 Is there a reason you cannot identify yourself?