‘CUC’s CW-1 applications for 13 still pending, 9 stopped working’


The Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s petition applications for 13 foreign workers are still waiting to be approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as of June 28, according to CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho.

In his recent report to the CUC board, Camacho said that USCIS has completed the data entry for all fiscal year 2019 CW-1 cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery and has returned all petitions that were not selected in the lottery.

Separately, CUC legal counsel James Sirok filed Camacho’s report on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the NMI in connection with a status conference set for Aug. 27.

CUC listed 20 foreign workers as of June 30, 2018. Ten have CW-1 visas, a Commonwealth-only work visa, while 10 others have H1-B visas. Most of them are with CUC’s Power Generation Division.

Of the 10 who have H1-B visas, four are now processing their EB3/green card status, while one is processing their EB2/green card status.

Aside from the 20, Camacho said seven other foreign workers who have CW-1 visas have stopped working while their CW-1 applications are in process.

The seven are all assigned to power generation.

Camacho said two other foreign workers assigned to power generation also stopped working due to denied H-1B applications.

Camacho said CW-1 applications will be submitted for the two who are waiting for the regulations for the new CNMI Workforce law.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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