It is currently unknown whether the U.S. Federal Government will shut down today, January 19th, at 12pm EST. While the House voted last night to avoid a shutdown, the vote still must happen in the Senate to avoid a shutdown.
If the Federal Government does shut down, it will impact the immigration-related government agencies as follows:
– USCIS: as a fee-based agency, all work will continue as normal.
– DOL: will entirely shut-down, for both the PERM and LCA program, and the websites will not be accessible. This means that employers will not be able to file and DOL will not be processing cases during the shutdown.
SPS Immigration is monitoring the status of the Congressional votes, and will provide updates as appropriate.