The White House has received the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act, Del. Gregorio Sablan announced Friday. President Donald Trump now has 10 days to sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature. The final day for action is July 24.

"The White House contacted the Washington congressional office this morning to let us know the bill had been received and that the 10-day clock was now running for the president to make his decision," Sablan said. "Yesterday, Sen. (Orrin) Hatch, (R-Utah.), as president pro tempore of the Senate signed the enrolled bill. The day before Speaker pro tempore Mr. (Paul) Mitchell, (R-Mich.), signed for the House. So, the process has moved along swiftly now that Congress is back in session."


Sablan said he already is in discussion with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about quickly reopening the application window for fiscal year 2019 transitional worker permits. The Trump administration cut in half, to 4,999, the number of CW-1 permits for 2019, leaving many Marianas businesses without needed workers.The workforce act raises the number of permits for 2019 to 13,000.