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Immigration lawyer discusses end of H1B visa for Guam

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - If no action is done before the end of this year, Guam and the CNMI may be affected by changes coming to the US immigration system. During today's Rotary Club of Guam meeting, immigration lawyer Ladd Baumann discussed the significant impact not only on workers but Guam's economy.

"And if the law is not changed by December 31 this year then all H1B visas on Guam will end there will be no new H1B visas after December 31 and all existing H1B visas can only be extended one time and after that they all cannot be renewed so the consequence for the business community and also the agencies and schools on Guam that use H1B visas, will be serious," he said.

H-1B is a professional visa used for doctors, accountants, engineers, architects and teachers in the private schools. According to the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, a provision was included that exempted H-1b and H-2b nonimmigrant workers performing labor services in the CNMI and Guam from a congressionally mandated cap for the past five years that ends by December 31 of this year.

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