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DOL/ETA RIN: 1205-AB92 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018 

H.R. 5956 modified 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 (DOL) prior to requesting a visa from the Department of Homeland Security and requires DOL to establish statistical standards for prevailing wage rates. The bill also required DOL to publish an Interim Final Rule (IFR) to establish the regulatory framework for issuing a temporary labor certification for the CW-1 program within 180 days of the bill being enacted into law. On April 1, 2019, DOL published the IFR Labor Certification Process for Temporary Employment in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CW1 Workers) at 84 FR 12380.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
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:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  04/01/2019  84 FR 12380   
Interim Final Rule Effective  04/04/2019 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  05/31/2019 
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Brian Pasternak
Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Office of Foreign Labor Certification; Room N-5311, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-8200