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U.S. Government Shutdown Affect Immigration via Department of Labour

As of 12:00am on October 1, 2013, the U.S. Government has gone into shutdown mode. Specifically, there is a budget impasse in Congress and until it is resolved, some government agencies and related functions will cease to operate.

Fortunately, most immigration related processes will not be affected.

Please note the following:

  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)  will conduct business as usual with the exception of E-Verify related activities not being conducted. This means that petitions and applications for immigration benefits will still be processed.
  • Department of State (“DOS”), which includes American Embassies and Consulates around the world,will conduct business as usual for the time being. There is some concern that if the shutdown continues for an extended period of time, visa processing activities will be negatively impacted.
  • Department of Labor (“DOL”) is the government agency most affected by the shutdown. All Labor Condition Application and Labor Certification (PERM) activities will cease.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you apprised of further developments. For additional information, please contact Green and Spiegel.