This weekend’s government shutdown and lapse in several immigration programs proved to be relatively short lived. Early this afternoon, successful Senate negotiations led to the passage of a Continuing Resolution that will fund the government until February 8, 2018. The House passed the CR shortly thereafter and the President signed the extension into law.
Effective immediately, the E-Verify, EB-5 Regional Center, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker programs will be resumed. The U.S. Department of Labor’s web sites should also be available tomorrow, enabling the filing and adjudication of related visa processes.
Importantly, however, Washington remains very divided on how to handle the Trump Administration’s cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Another shutdown and lapse may be likely if the parties remain at an impasse in the coming weeks.
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