The Saipan Chamber of Commerce board recently met with Gov. Eloy S. Inos to discuss issues affecting any future decision by the U.S. Department of Labor to extend the USCIS transitional period for CW-1 permitting of foreign national employees in the CNMI.
According to Chamber executive director Richard A. Pierce, Inos asked for Chamber input in addressing questions posed by U.S. Labor and the U.S. Department of the Interior before a decision is made.
Pierce said the Chamber solicited responses from both the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Saipan chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management. Those responses, as well as the Chamber’s, were provided to Inos, he said.
“All responses were strikingly similar from all the associations concerning the necessity to extend the transitional period, the job classifications identified when educational work is underway, listings of those programs and institutions geared toward training U.S. workers available, roadblocks to finding available and qualified labor, forecasting future human resource needs, and economic realities,” said Pierce.
“The Chamber looks forward to a favorable and measured response from the U.S. Department of Labor, with respect to the need to extend the CW-1 permit program.” (SCC)