Employment-Based Immigration and the Government Shutdown

The federal government reopened this week after the Senate and House passed a temporary spending bill to fund the government until February 8th. Should the government shut down again, several components of immigration-related business could be affected.

  • New E-Verify cases and document filings related to H-1B visas could not be created.
  • Processing of applications filed at borders may be affected.
  • Personnel considered “non-essential” may be furloughed.

However, several areas will continue operations, including:

  • Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) enforcement and removal operations
  • Passport application processing
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

It should be noted that Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations would continue, including enforcement and removal operations.

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