The new law includes U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan’s language extending for another five years the provision barring claims of asylum from within the Northern Marianas which has helped assure that tourists from China can come to the islands without the need of a visa. Sablan’s language also keeps in place an exemption from the cap on the number of H visas that can be issued for the Northern Mariana Islands or Guam. Contractors on Guam asked for Sablan’s help because short-term, H visa workers will be needed for upcoming military construction on that island. Resort developers in the Northern Marianas, such as the Best Sunshine casino licensee, are likely to require large numbers of temporary construction workers, too, Sablan said.
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