October 17, 2013
Following last night’s congressional agreement on the federal budget and debt limit, the federal government has resumed operations, and immigration functions managed by the Department of Labor (DOL) are expected to restart soon.
As the DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) begins operations today, it will be dealing with a backlog of cases and filings from the last two weeks, so considerable delays are expected. Delayed functions include PERM (Permanent Labor Certification), Labor Condition Applications (required for H-1B petitions), and Prevailing Wage Determinations. As a result, the processing time for these functions is expected to be longer than usual for at least several weeks.
As noted in our previous release, immigration functions managed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as well as the Department of State (DOS) have continued to operate with little interruption throughout the shutdown. The processing of petitions and applications for immigration benefits, as well as visas, will thus continue with only slight delays expected. The E-verify system operated by USCIS, which was offline during the shutdown, is now operational again.
Green and Spiegel will continue to closely monitor the situation, and keep you updated on any developments as they occur. Please contact us for additional information.