Employment Opportunities


Current Vacancies


Human Resources

For more information or to submit an application contact Human Resources at:

Office of the Clerk
Human Resources Department
United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands
P.O. Box 500687
Saipan, MP 96950

Telephone: 1-670-237-1200
Facsimile: 1-670-237-1201

eMail: hr@nmid.uscourts.gov

Citizenship Requirements

Current appropriations law prohibits the use of appropriated funds to pay the compensation of any employee of the U.S. federal government where the duty location is in the continental U.S. unless such person:

  1. is a U.S. citizen;
  2. is a person who owes allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408);
  3. is a person admitted as a refugee or granted asylum who has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
  4. is a lawful permanent resident who is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B).

To comply with requirement No. 4 above, an individual must be a lawful permanent resident (have a green card) and apply for citizenship within a short time of first becoming eligible to do so. An individual is not eligible to apply for citizenship until he or she has been a permanent resident for at least five years (three years if seeking naturalization as a spouse of a citizen). When that occurs, he or she must apply for citizenship within six months of becoming eligible and must complete the process within two years of applying (unless there is a delay caused by the processors of the application). NOTE: A lawful permanent resident who is not yet eligible to apply for citizenship at the start of judicial employment may lawfully be employed by the judiciary, provided that he or she submits an affidavit indicating the intent to apply for citizenship when eligible to do so. A sample form of this affidavit has been provided to the courts.

The appropriations law requirements apply to anyone appointed into a paid position within the judiciary in the continental U.S. The appropriations law requirements do not apply to employees with a duty station in Alaska, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands, nor do the requirements apply to unpaid volunteers.

Judiciary offices must obtain concurrence from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Office of General Counsel, to appoint an individual who is not a U.S. citizen.

In addition to the above appropriations law, The United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), mandates all federal government agencies in the continental U.S. comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) which states that federal government agencies must hire only U.S. citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in the United States. All individuals appointed by a judiciary office must complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) certifying their eligibility to work in the U.S.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The United States District Court provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of their race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, or disability.

Electronic Fund Transfer

Employees of the United States District Court are required to use the Electronic Fund Transfer for payroll deposit.

Employment Benefits

Vacation (13 days per year for years 1-3)
Sick Leave (13 days per year)
Family Friendly Leave Act
Leave Sharing Program
Federal Holidays
Federal Employees' Health Benefits (wide selection of plans available)
Life Insurance
Federal Employees Retirement System
Thrift Savings Plan (tax-deferred savings plan)
Training Program
Disability Insurance
Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program
Flexible Spending Accounts
Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

Other Information

The Court is not authorized to reimburse travel expenses for interviews. Please note that final candidates will also undergo a background check and may be given a test to determine level of skill/knowledge.


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