The Department of State had advised that consular operations will remain operational so long as there are sufficient fees to support the operations. At this time, we anticipate individuals will be able to continue process for visas outside the U.S. We also advise that if individuals with upcoming appointments to process for a visa, check the individual consulate or embassy’s website a day or two in advance for any additional updates. You can locate the website for any U.S. embassy and consulate through this website: http://www.usembassy.gov/
The Department of Labor will not be operational while the government is shut down. As a result we may see some delays in being able to file H-1B petitions and PERM Labor Certifications, or responding to Audits.
E-Verify is also unavailable during this government shutdown, and employers enrolled in E-Verify will not be able to access their accounts during this time. E-Verify employers should review and follow the interim rules to ensure compliance in the interim. The interim rules are posted here: https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/vislogin.aspx?JS=YES
You can find additional information on our prior News Alert, linked below along with a direct link to the Office of Budget and Management where you can find information about how this shutdown impacts various government agencies. https://brownimmigrationlaw.com/news/detail?article_id=77231
We will continue to monitor issues that affect specific cases we have in process and will directly advise those clients who are impacted.
**This newsletter is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide legal advice.**