CUC chief submits CW-1 petitions to USCIS

COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho has submitted the CW-1 permit renewal petitions for CUC’s guest workers to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in California.

Variety was told that Camacho left the island last week and will return on April 7, Saturday.

“He did do that,” CUC acting executive director William Gilmore said, referring to Camacho’s filing the CW-1 renewal petitions.

USCIS, which has announced a CW cap of only 4,999 for fiscal year 2019, has been accepting CW-1 petitions since April 2.

There are 17 CW-1 permit holders at CUC and they are assigned to the power plants.

CUC said it has already applied H1-B visas for its 10 other CWs who work at the power plants.

For  fiscal year 2019, USCIS encouraged CNMI employers to file a petition for a CW-1 nonimmigrant worker up to six months in advance of the proposed start date of employment and as early as possible within that timeframe. 

USCIS said it will reject a petition that is filed more than six months in advance.

Legislation to extend the federal CW program for 10 years after Dec. 2019 and increase the CW cap to 13,000 remains pending in the U.S. Congress. 

Source: Marianas Variety :

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