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Government Shutdown Impacts Key Immigration Services

October 01, 2013

The federal government shutdown that has been brought on by the Congressional budget impasse has affected the availability of specific immigration related programs and services.  Key programs for which information is available are:

  • Department of Labor services needed to support the preparation and approval of PERM labor certification applications and Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) needed for H-1B extensions and change of employer applications are UNAVAILABLE so no new PERM applications or LCA applications can be filed at this time.
  • The Board of Alien Labor Certification is shutdown, so no PERM appeals are being processed at this time. 
  • USCIS reports that its district offices remain open for in person appointments and all fee supported services remain active, but E-Verify services are unavailable.  See www.uscis.gov for updates.  
  • The State Department reports that U.S. consulates abroad will continue to operate until existing funds are exhausted; we cannot predict which consulates or visa services may be discontinued, or when.  See http://www.state.gov/m/rls/2013/214880.htm
  • The Executive Office of Immigration Review, which handles removal proceedings reports that it will continue to process cases for detained persons only.

Additional updates will be provided as details become available.

 

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