CNMI - Only Transitional Worker (CW-1, CW-2 & E-2C) Visa for the U.S.



The visa classes are for "transitional workers" (CW-1, CW-2) and long-term stockholders (E-2C). Visas for both sorts can be allotted solitary after appeals have been filed with and accepted by the Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. The transitional employee and investor visas are legal only for arrival into the CNMI. Visa holders cannot practice these visas to travel to or work anyplace else in the United States. Though, Filipino transitional workers will be permitted to journey through Guam to the CNMI on their visa.

Classification of CNMI Visas

There are three types of CNMI visas:

  • CW-1: Transitional employees who are lawfully existing in the CNMI at the time of the sanction of the entreaty
  • CW-2: Wives/husbands and unmarried children below 18 years of age of CW-1 receivers. CW-2 visa holders are not entitled to work in the CNMI.
  • E-2C: Overseas investors who were legally acknowledged to the CNMI earlier November 28, 2009, under CNMI stockholder grade. There are three sub-categories for this catalog: Long-Term Investor, Overseas Investor, and Pensioner Investor. Partners and unmarried children below 21 years old of E-2C recipients are entitled to apply for E-2C visas as dependents. Wives/husbands on an E-2C dependent visa may apply for work approval to be qualified to work in the CNMI.


The qualifications to apply for CNMI visas as follows:

Employers: To meet the requirements for workforces with C.W. visa status, employers must:

  • Be involved in a valid business **
  • Study all accessible U.S. workforces for the position
  • Propose terms and conditions of service reliable with the nature of the employer's business in the CNMI
  • File the essential methods to hire transitional employees
  • Fulfil with all central and CNMI necessities concerning to employment: examples contain nondiscrimination, work-related security, and minimum remuneration requirements
  • Pay rational transportation expenses of the individual to the individual's last place of the overseas house if the individual is unwillingly discharged from service for any reason before the end of the period of sanctioned admission

Workers: A foreign worker may be classified as a CW-1 nonimmigrant throughout the transition period if he or she:

  • Is unqualified for any further employment-based nonimmigrant position under U.S. immigration regulation
  • Will arrive or stay in the CNMI to work in a job-related class selected as requiring alien labors to increase the inhabitant labor force
  • Is the receiver of a request filed by a valid employer who is undertaking business in the CNMI
  • Is not existing in the United States, other than the CNMI
  • Is legitimately present in the CNMI if living in the CNMI

Is otherwise permissible to the United States or is approved any required waiver of a ground of inadmissibility

** A valid business is well-defined as a real, active, and functioning profitable or entrepreneurial responsibility which produces services or goods for revenue, or is a constitutional, charitable, or other validly known nonprofit entity. The business must come across the lawful necessities for doing business in the CNMI. A business will not be considered valid if it involves directly or indirectly in prostitution, human trading, or any other movement that is prohibited under Federal or CNMI law.


Application Items

Applicants: To apply for one of the CNMI-Saipan Visas, you required to accede the following:

  • A Nonimmigrant Visa form Electronic Application (DS-160) Form
  • A passport legal for travel to the United States with a legitimacy date of minimum six months outside your planned date of stay in the United States
  • Any old passport(s) covering your previously allotted nonimmigrant visas, if appropriate
  • One (1) 2"x2" (5cmx5cm) photo
  • If a visa is permitted, there may be an extra visa issuance reciprocity fee, conditional on your nationality. The Department of State's website can offer the assistance you find out if you need to deposit a visa issuance reciprocity charge and what the charge amount is.
  • A permitted I-129CW appeal.  Note that primary candidates for CW-1 visas may work for further than one employer but must have a distinct appeal for each employer.
  • CW-1 candidates must read about employee rights and protections before their visa interview.  Applicants will be questioned if they have acknowledged, read, and understood its contents before any visa can be allotted. In addition to these kinds of stuff, you need to present an interview appointment letter approving that you booked an appointment over this service. You may also bring whatever subsidiary papers you support the evidence provided to the consular officer.

Dependents: For dependent partners and children, the following must be submitted in addition to the elementary necessities:

  • Copy of principal applicant's present nonimmigrant CW-1 or E-2C visa (if following to join)
  • Photocopy of primary candidate's accepted I-129CW appeal
  • Marriage certificate delivered on the Philippine National Statistics Office (NSO) security document for spouses
  • Birth certificate(s) allotted on Philippine National Statistics Office (NSO) security paper for appropriate unmarried children

How to Apply

To apply for one of the CNMI-Saipan Visas, you required to accede the following stages:

Stage 1: Pay the visa application charge.

Stage 2: Fill up and complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form with all legal information.

Stage 3: Book your visa interview appointment from the website. You will require three pieces of data to schedule your appointment:

  • Your valid passport number
  • The date you paid your visa fee
  • The barcode number which contains ten digit from your DS-160 approval page

Stage 4: Visit the U.S. Embassy on the day and time of your visa interview. You will require to carry a printed copy of the visa interview appointment letter, DS-160 approval page, one recent photo, all current and old passports. Applications lacking all of these required documents will not be accepted.

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