The CNMI Office of the Governor is happy to inform the local business community and the public of the approval of the CNMI’s 2022 Prevailing Wage Study report for the CW-1 visa program.
In a letter sent dated June 30, 2022, the Acting Deputy Administrator for the US Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification Mr. Brandt Carter informs us of the approval of the CNMI’s 2022 Prevailing Wage Study (2022 PWS) report. The new wages will apply to CW-1 determinations beginning July 1, 2022.
“My office extends its appreciation and thanks to Secretary Walsh, and his team for their guidance and diligence as they review and approve our 2022 PWS report. This report will greatly assist our local businesses as we work to recover our economy,” stated Governor Torres.
A total of 847 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Detailed Titles are found in the US economy “with wage values for the CW-1 visa program” – 496 Detailed Titles were captured by the CNMI 2022 PWS. The US Department of Labor reviewed and approved 409 for use in the 2022 PWS wage data, “438 occupations will use prevailing wages based on Guam’s Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) or the OEWS survey-adjusted wage,” according to the letter from the OFLC Acting Deputy Administrator.
Secretary of the CNMI Department of Commerce Mr. Edward Deleon Guerrero stated, “I am grateful for all the efforts in ensuring the timely completion of this important report, most especially our local business partners and public sector agencies who took the extra effort and time in completing the online survey. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the US Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification team for their continued support and the guidance they provide to our CNMI PWS team to ensure that this report meets all the statistical standards contained in the CW-1 Interim Final Rule at 20 CFR 55.410(e).”
The 2022 PWS CW-1 Wage Table report can be accessed on the US Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification website at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/foreign-labor/.
The 2022 PWS Report can be accessed on the CNMI Department of Commerce, Central Statistics Division website at https://ver1.cnmicommerce.com/divisions/central-statistics/report-hub/.
Questions and inquiries regarding the prevailing wage report should be directed to the Central Statistics Division at telephone number (670)664-3045/3023 or email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all other inquiries not related to the survey or the reports, please direct them to the CNMI Department of Labor.