The U.S. Federal Government has now been shut down longer than any time in history. This post reviews the impact this shutdown has on U.S. immigration processes:
- DOL: Is not impacted by this government shutdown because President Trump signed a minibus appropriations bill funding DOL through the end of September 30, 2019. This means DOL will continue to process LCA’s, Prevailing Wage Requests, and ETA Form 9089’s (PERM Applications).
- USCIS: As a fee-based agency, USCIS continues to process all petitions and applications submitted.
- DOS: Visa and passport operations are fee-funded and should not be impacted by a lapse in appropriations, but operating status and funding will need to be monitored closely. If visa operations are affected, consular posts will generally only handle diplomatic visas and “life or death” emergencies.
- CBP: Inspection and law enforcement personnel are considered “essential.” Ports of entry will be open; however, processing of applications filed at the border may be impacted. Moreover, the CBP website is not being “actively managed” and was last updated on December 21, 2018.
- Conrad J-1 Waiver Program: This program is suspended, but only impacts only physicians who enter the U.S. in J-1 status after the government shut down.
- EB-5: USCIS provided updated guidance on the impact of the shutdown on the EB-5 program.
- E-Verify: E-Verify and related services are generally suspended.
If you have questions about how the ongoing government shutdown impacts your immigration case, please contact SPS Immigration.