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DOL/ETA RIN: 1205-AB92 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: ●Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018 

H.R. 5956 modifies the CW-1 visa program, which allows for the temporary employment of foreign workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  The bill was signed into law on July 24, 2018.  The law requires employers to obtain a  temporary labor certification from the Department of Labor (Department) prior to requesting a visa from the Department of Homeland Security and requires the Department to establish statistical standards for prevailing wage rates.  The bill requires the Department of Labor to publish an Interim Final Rule which establishes the regulatory framework for issuing a temporary labor certification for the CW-1 program within 180 days of the bill being enacted into law. 

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: None     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: H.R. 5956, Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-218   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Public Law 115-218  01/20/2019 
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  01/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
William W. Thompson, II
Administrator, Office of Foreign Labor Certification
Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Box # 12-200,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 513-7350