New Form I-129CW now required

Oct 8, 2018

Employers petitioning for Commonwealth-Only Transitional Workers are now required to use a revised Form I-129CW, issued on August 1, 2018. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will reject CW petitions submitted after October 1 on I-129CW forms with earlier version dates.

Revision of the form was necessary because of the new provisions of the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, Public Law 115-218. The Workforce Act raised the number of CW permits available for FY19 to 13,000, 8,001 more than the cap set by the Trump Administration. In addition to more CW permits, the U.S. Workforce Act extends the bar on asylum, the exemption from the H visa cap, and the E-2CNMI investor program another 10 years.