Effective today, November 28, 2011, employers hiring individuals for employment in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) must use the standard Form I-9 for all new hires and reverifications in the CNMI.
In 2009, U.S. immigration law began extending to the CNMI as a result of Title VII of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), and required CNMI employers to use Form I-9 CNMI to verify the work eligibility of all new hires, regardless of citizenship.
Form I-9 CNMI contained additional List A documents issued by the CNMI government that are not acceptable on the standard Form I-9. These additional documents were only acceptable until Nov. 27, 2011.
By Nov. 28, 2011, all workers who previously held CNMI-issued employment authorization must have another basis of work authorization under U.S. law, or have a petition pending for CNMI-only transitional worker status as described below, to continue working in the CNMI.
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