Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM re-promulgates moratorium on alien workers

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): December 3, 2002 - The Department of Justice of Federated States of Micronesia is again inviting comments on the re-promulgation of the alien worker moratorium regulations implemented in Public Law No.12-13.

The Department has placed a deadline of December 13, 2002 for the public to submit their concerns. In its entirety, the notice reads:


Inviting comments on the re-promulgation of the alien worker moratorium regulations implementing Public Law No. 12-13 (Moratorium on Entry of Non-Citizen Workers)

The Department of Justice of the Federated States of Micronesia wishes to advise the public, especially employers who utilize the services of non-citizen workers, that Public Law No. 12-13, which took effect December 13, 2001, placed a moratorium effective March 13, 2002 on the entry of additional non-citizen workers except in occupations and industries for which there are insufficient trained FSM citizens. The law required the President to consult with the Governors to identify the occupations and industries for which there are insufficient trained FSM citizens and promulgate regulations to implement the moratorium by March 13m 2002. The alien worker moratorium regulation is now being updated for re-promulgation by December 13, 2002.

The public is therefore requested to review the alien worker moratorium regulations and submit any written comments before December 13, 2002 to:

Secretary, FSM Department of Justice
P.O. Box PS-105
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM 96941
or by fax (691) 320-2234

The public's input is solicited."

The current list of affected occupations is as followed:


  • Airline
  • Manufacturing
  • Computer and related activities
  • Fisheries
  • Mining
  • Petroleum Bulk Plant Transportation, Distribution and Storage
  • Telecommunication


  • Administration Management
  • Agricultural Researchers
  • Agronomist
  • Air Conditioning Technicians
  • Aircraft Mechanics
  • Animal Husbandry Professionals
  • Anthropologists
  • Architects
  • Archivists, Librarians and Information Professionals
  • Aquaculture Researchers and Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Auto Body Builders
  • Bakers, Pastry-Cooks and Confectionary Makers
  • Bank Managers/supervisors
  • Blacksmiths, Toolmakers and related Trades Workers
  • Biologists
  • Business Managers and Supervisors
  • Business Services Agents and Trade Brokers
  • Carpenters/Masons
  • Cable Splicers
  • Chemists
  • Comptrollers
  • Computer Programmers and Technicians
  • Cooks
  • Counseling Professionals
  • Dentists
  • Draftsmen
  • Economists
  • Electricians
  • Electronics Technicians
  • Engineers
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Finance Managers
  • Fishing Boat Engineers
  • Fishing Venture Export Coordinators
  • Flight Attendants
  • General Managers
  • Geologists and Geophysicists
  • Government Contractors (Individuals/organizations/those in the organization's employment)
  • Hairdressers, Barbers, Beauticians
  • Health Professionals/Medical Technologists
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics & Operators
  • Information Technology Experts
  • Language Translators and Interpreters
  • Law Enforcement Instructors
  • Linemen
  • Long-line and Purse Seine Fishermen
  • Marine Biologists
  • Market Oriented Crop Growers and Producers
  • Metal, machinery and Related Trades Workers
  • Meteorologists
  • Medical doctors
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Fitters
  • Nurses
  • Paralegals
  • Pilots and co-pilots
  • Petroleum Bulk Facilities Managers and Technicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicists and Astronomers
  • Photographers and Image and Sound Recording Equipment Operators
  • Plumbers
  • Potters, Glass-makers and Related Trade Workers
  • Printing Trades Workers
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologists
  • Refrigeration Equipment Technicians
  • Safety and Quality Inspectors
  • Shop or Store Supervisors
  • Scuba Diving Instructors/Dive Masters
  • Ship Controllers and Technicians
  • Sociologists
  • Special Education Teaching Professionals
  • Surveyors
  • Tailors//Seamsters/Seamstresses
  • Teachers (Primary, secondary and Tertiary)
  • Textile, Garment and Related Trades Workers
  • Travel Agents
  • Woodworking Trades Assemblers and Workers
  • Veterinarians
  • Warehouse Supervisors and Technicians
  • Writers and Creative or Performing Artists

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356