Overview of Form I-129CW
Form I-129CW, entitled Petition for a CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker, is a document utilized by employers within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). These employers submit the form to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to petition for alien workers ineligible for other employment-based nonimmigrant classifications to work temporarily as a CW-1, CNMI-Only Transitional Worker.
Eligibility: An employer may file Form I-129CW to classify an alien worker as a CW-1 worker if they are temporarily employing the worker in the CNMI.
Purpose: The form serves to verify the employer’s need for a foreign worker under the terms that adhere to the approved worker’s category. It’s also employed when seeking an extension of stay or change of status for a CW-1 worker.
- Components of Form I-129CW:
- Basic Petition
- Additional Worker Attachment (required for multiple beneficiaries)
Filing Requirements: Employers must complete the necessary sections of Form I-129CW and provide evidence that demonstrates the legitimacy of the employment need in CNMI.
Verification: Post approval, employers use Form I-129CWR, known as the Semiannual Report for CW-1 Employers, to confirm ongoing employment and compliance with the terms of the approved petition.
By meeting the specific criteria set by the USCIS, the Form I-129CW allows for the smooth process of hiring nonimmigrant workers in specialized roles where locals are not available to meet the labor demands in the CNMI. The process ensures that both the rights of the workers and the interests of the employers are safeguarded.