Monday, September 30, 2013

Impacts of Possible Federal Government Shutdown on Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2013

A possible government shutdown on Tuesday, September 30, could interrupt the work of some agencies, including those that affect immigrants in the U.S.

Many U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) functions at the Department of Homeland Security will continue without change, as they are primarily funded through user fees.  In other words, no delays are anticipated for petition and application processing by USCIS.  In contrast, many Department of Labor services are predicted to be interrupted, including processing of PERM labor certifications, Prevailing Wage Requests and Labor Condition Applications.  The Department of State is expected to suspend visa issuance at consular posts around the world except in “life or death” emergency situations.

For more information, please see The Washington Post’s recently released report on the government shutdown.

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