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The CW-1 visa is a non-immigrant "visa which allows travel to "United States for temporary workers to be employed in the "Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
For employers to be eligible to petition for a CW-1 visa, they must:
- Be conducting legitimate business
- First consider any available US citizens for the position
- Offer conditions of employment consistent with their business operations
- Comply with all applicable employment regulations
- Pay reasonable transportation costs for the employee
The duration of stay for the recipient of a CW-1 is one year. Annually, a maximum of 12,999 workers may be admitted under this visa class. Recipients of a CW-1 may not travel to other parts of the US, with the exception of those who are nationals of "Guam, who may travel only between Guam and the CNMI.
As of 2016, the CW program is set to expire effective December 31 2019.