Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration-Related Agencies

The government shutdown began in late December when President Trump refused to sign a bill to keep the government running because the bill did not include $5 Billion for a border wall. The partial shutdown affects the following Immigration-related agencies: the Department of Homeland Security and its immigration-related components, the Department of Justice, and the Department of State.  Fortunately, the shutdown does not affect the Department of Labor, because it has already received separate funding through the end of September 2019.

In the past, USCIS and visa and passport operations have continued to operate because they are fee-funded. However, their operating status and funding will need to be monitored closely. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website will not be actively managed during the shutdown. Therefore, your travel history and I-94 record on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed. CBP will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.

We will continue to monitor the case status of all of our current clients, but please be advised that the shutdown may cause delays in case processing times.  We hope that an agreement is reached promptly, so that the government may resume operating without serious delays.


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