Due to the recent government shutdown, some USCIS operations will be affected until Congress authorizes funds. USCIS’s fee-funded activities are not affected and the offices still remain open so that applicants with scheduled appointments or interviews can attend as planned. Non-immigrant, as well as immigrant petitions, will continue to be processed.
Familia America Immigration remains open as usual. Salt Lake City immigration attorney Gloria Cardenas has many years servicing immigrants with all their immigration needs and she is ready to handle any legal concern and answer any immigration-related questions you may have.
Some immigration services that will be affected until the government approves the required funds include:
- EB-5 Immigrant investor regional centers – Potential investors, who need advice when making investment decisions, may not have these services available, as some regional centers will be terminated. The USCIS provides a list of this location on their website.
- E-verify – This system helps businesses to determine whether foreign employees are eligible to work in the United States. Thankfully, the system has recently resumed its operations. So it is now available.
- Conrad 30-waiver program for J-1 doctors – This program allows J-1 medical doctors to apply for a waiver. Although the Conrad 30 program is not shut down entirely, the J-1 doctor’s category will be affected. These are the doctors that come to the United States for medical education or training.
- Non-minister religious workers – Immigration petitions for non-minister religious workers are not longer available.
USCIS has mainly been funded through application fees. This is why many centers still remain open with staff reductions. Yet USCIS is a government agency so there may be some disruptions. One of the main petitions that will be affected by the recent changes are the H-1B work visa nonimmigrant petitions or I-40 immigrant petitions. The USCIS has not provided any updates regarding the subject yet.
Since visa and passport operations are fee-funded, they will also continue as usual. Yet due to shortage of staff, processing levels may decrease. Immigrant visa cases pending may continue without interference since the funding was under contract.
Driver license processing for some immigrants may be affected as well and the information may be submitted for verification. This verification is done through SAVE system, which may be shut down or have insufficient staff to verify immigrant driver licenses.
As discussed above, the Federal government shutdown can affect many people. There will be some disruptions to government services as well. The shutdown may increase the processing time for some visas and delay urgent cases.
We are always ready to take your call. Nobody knows what may happen in the coming months. This is why it is important you secure your immigration status as soon as possible with the help of a well-prepared and well-versed Salt Lake City immigration attorney. Call us today and learn more about your legal options.