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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC28 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Implementation of the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018 

On May 14, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an interim final rule to implement the amendments of the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, which the President signed on July 24, 2018. The purpose of the Act is to increase the percentage of U.S. workers in the total workforce of the Consolidated Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), while maintaining the minimum number of non-U.S. workers to meet the demands of the CNMI economy; to encourage the hiring of U.S. workers into the CNMI workforce; and to ensure that no U.S. worker is at a competitive disadvantage compared to a non-U.S. worker or is displaced by a non-U.S. worker. The Act extends the transition period until December 31, 2029, including the Guam and CNMI H cap exemptions and the bar related to filing asylum applications in the CNMI. It also provides additional criteria for CNMI - Only Transitional Worker (CW) beneficiaries and their employers. The interim final rule went into effect on June 18, 2020. DHS is reviewing public comments submitted on the interim final rule in preparation for issuing a final rule.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103.7    8 CFR 214.2(w)    8 CFR 214.2(e)(23)(ii)(F)    8 CFR 208.1(a)(2)   
Legal Authority: 48 U.S.C.1806    H.R. 535   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Other  Statutory  President signed the Northern Mariana Island U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, which requires that DHS promulgate implementing regulations by means of an interim final rule within 180 days.  07/24/2018 

Overall Description of Deadline: Publish an interim rule no later than 180 days after the enactment of the Bill.

Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  05/14/2020  85 FR 29264   
Interim Final Rule Effective  06/18/2020 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  07/13/2020 
Final Action  05/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Charles Nimick
Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Suite 4S190,
Camp Springs, MD 20588-0009
Phone:240 721-3000