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CBP Announces Inspection Changes of CW Visa Holders Arriving in Guam

Release Date: 
July 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—On July 24, President Donald J. Trump signed into law H.R.5956, the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018. Effective immediately, CW visa holders may be admitted in Guam when in transit to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). A CW nonimmigrant visa is only valid for admission to Guam for the purpose of transit only.

The CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW) visa classification allows employers in the CNMI to apply for permission to employ foreign (nonimmigrant) workers who are otherwise ineligible to work under other nonimmigrant worker categories.

Individuals approved for CW status who travel outside of the CNMI must obtain a CW nonimmigrant visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their country of citizenship to apply for readmission to the CNMI and retain their CW status.

For more information about the CW visa classification, please visit

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021