As of October 17th the government has reopened. While Consular processes and USCIS services continued during the shutdown, some of our clients were impacted by the shutdown of the Department of Labor. In some cases this has delayed the filing of Labor Certifications (PERMs) and Labor Condition Applications (LCA) required for H-1B petitions and compliance.
E-verify is back online and USCIS has issued instructions for all affected E-verify employers on steps to take now that E-verify is back in service. You can find these instructions posted online here: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/E-Verify_and_I-9PublicWebsitesStartupMessage.pdf.
Other Department of Labor functions which have impacted our clients are expected to become available sometime today, October 17th. As of 11am Central Time, the Department of Labor online filing systems for all PERM, H-1B, and E-3 related filings are still down. We will prioritize all submissions with the DOL as soon as we are able to access their online systems. Given the fact that these resources were unavailable for 17 days, we anticipate significant demand for their use and the possibility that they will not be available on a consistent basis. We will do our best to ensure all cases are put into the queue as soon as we are able to do so.
If you have individual questions, please contact the Attorney or Paralegal assisting with the specific application directly.
**This newsletter is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide legal advice.**