Do I need a Saipan Visa?
According to the 2010 United States Census, Saipan Island’s population was 48,220. This is the largest Island of the Northern Mariana Island and the capital city of the U.S Commonwealth. Saipan is located about 2,650km east of Manila, Philippines and about 190km northeast of Guam in the western conciliatory ocean. Actually, the rainy season in Saipan Island runs from July to November and sometimes includes typhoons. The temperatures of this Island vary very little throughout the year and are typically hot. Tourists from Russia, China, Philippine, America just to mention but a few; visits various places within the Island. This city is well known for being inexpensive, for its indigenous charm, affordable accommodations, and as well as its intensely beautiful beaches. Most tourists tend to stay longer in Saipan Island due to the fact that it has many opportunities for adventures as well as a pleasant atmosphere.
Visa Waiver Program
The aspect of visa is one of the requirements for the tourists who visit the Island. The Visa Waiver Program designed by the U.S Government to allow certain passport holders to tour in Saipan without a visa. The program applies to fifty U.S states as well as the U.S territories ( US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, and other applied US Territories). The traveler is allowed 90 days as they pass through Saipan on business, vacation,or simply passing through to the next spot. This set 90 days also includes the time spent traveling in the countries of Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean if the traveler arrived through the USA.
The traveler seeking eligibility must be a citizen of the country that has been delegated as a “program country”. The person seeking the Visa Waiver for a Saipan Visa will not qualify if they are not a citizen of the country even though they are a permanent resident.
Countries eligible for Visa-Free Entry
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Guam and Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program
In addition to citizens from the 38 nations designated for the federal VWP, citizens of the following countries in possession of a machine-readable passport and with completed Form I-736 (Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information form) and Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) may enter Guam and the CNMI visa-free for up to 45 days under the specific waiver program applying to the two U.S. territories.
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Additional Requirements with the GNVMP
• Arrives on a G-CNMI VWP signatory carrier
• Traveling only to Guam or the CNMI not exceeding 45 days as a visitor for business or pleasure. May not engage in local employment or labor for hire.
• Holds a round trip ticket that is nonrefundable and nontransferable with a confirmed departure date not exceeding 45 days from the date of admission.
• Has completed and signed the Form I-736. And Form I-94
• Is a Citizen of and has a machine readable passport issued by one of the previously explained eligible countries
Hong Kong – Including citizens of the former colony of Hong Kong who are in possession of the United Kingdom passport that states “British National Overseas” or holders of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) travel document. Both of these travel documents must be in conjunction with a Hong Kong Identification Card.
Taiwan – Must possess a Taiwan National Identity Card and a valid Taiwan passport with a valid re-entry permit issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This only applies to residents of Taiwan who begin their travel in Taiwan and who travel on direct flights from Taiwan to Guam or the CNMI.
For more information visit Guam-CNMI VWP at dhs.gov
Additional terms on the VWP:
• Machine readable and biometric passports
• Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
• Passport validity
• Return or onward ticket
In order to obtain a Saipan Visa the applicant must pay the visa application fee and complete the non-immigrant visa electronic application form. When they have finished the application then one needs to schedule an appointment and be able to present the passport number, the date the applicant paid the fee, and the 10 digit barcode number from the confirmation page. This information is gathered and then the proposed tourist needs to visit the U.S Embassy on the date and time for the interview. An additional fee may be required depending on the individual’s nationality and the period the tourists intend to stay in the Saipan Island.
In conclusion, there are restrictions that are imposed by the Visa Waiver Program introduced by the government of the U.S of America related to employment activities allowed while in Saipan Island. Visitors are allowed to change status on the basis of marriage to a U.S inhabitant; or/and an application for asylum can be determined by United States Customs and Border Protection. This department has the authority to deny individual entry if the individuals do not have the required the appropriate Saipan Visa for entry towards the city. Therefore, there is room for an extension of the original allowed period of stay in the Saipan Island.
As the information on this page attempts to be precise and up to date. Please verify all visa information with the US Embassy to make sure your information is accurate for the most appropriate Visa upon arrival.
CNMI Immigration law
On November 28, 2009, the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island introduced new laws that regulated the tourism sector in Saipan Island. Part of the transition is the creation of two visa categories solely for the people who are already working, and living in the Saipan Island. The visa categories are for transitional workers and long term investors given that the visa will be valid until December 31, 2019.
CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Investor (E-2C) Program Extended until Dec. 31, 2019
Congress has extended the CNMI-Only Investor (E-2C) nonimmigrant visa classification until Dec. 31, 2019. This visa classification allows eligible foreign, long-term investors and their spouses and children to remain lawfully present in the CNMI from Nov. 28, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2019.
Working in the CNMI
Every year there are many opportunities for foreign workers in many different employment areas. Jobs range from religious workers, scientists, athletes, nurses, agricultural workers, artists, researchers, cultural exchange participants, information technology specialists, and many others.
Because the U.S. immigration law is extended to cover the CNMI, numerous immigrant and nonimmigrant employment-based classifications are available to foreign workers in Saipan and the Marianas Islands.
All immigrant workers must have permission to work legally in the United States and in the CNMI. Each employment classification has different requirements and t must follow the terms of your particular employment classification and the employee must follow the guidelines of his job. For more information about temporary and permanent worker categories, visit the Entrepreneur Pathways Web page.
For more information on
Temporary Worker Categories: H-1B and H-2B
Employment Authorization Verification