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What Visa Petitions and Applications will be Affected by the U.S. Government Shutdown

January 22, 2018 is the first working day and the date that would experience the first significant impact of the government shutdown. Will your petition, application, interview dates be affected?


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What Visa Petitions and Applications will be Affected by the U.S. Government Shutdown
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated January 22, 2018 | United States of America

Well into its 1st working day shutdown (although the actual date was stroke of midnight January 20, 2018) filing of petitions with the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to be accepted, first through designated Lock Boxes and then forwarded to the appropriate USCIS office for processing.

The USCIS announced that “the government shutdown does not affect (the) fee-for-service activities.”  USCIS offices “shall remain open” services such as adjustment of status, appointments with the application support centers for biometric and interviews related to cases shall proceed as scheduled.

However, “several USCIS programs will either expire or suspend operations, or be otherwise affected, until they receive appropriated funds or are reauthorized by Congress.”

  • EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program. Regional centers are a public or private economic unit in the United States that promote economic growth. USCIS designates regional centers for participation in the Immigrant Investor Program.
  • E-Verify. This free internet-based system allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
  • Conrad 30 J-1 doctors. This program allows J-1 doctors to apply for a waiver of the two-year residence requirement after completing the J-1 exchange visitor program. The expiration only affects the date by which the J-1 doctor must have entered the United States; it is not a shutdown of the Conrad 30 program entirely.
  • Non-minister religious workers. This special immigrant category allows non-ministers in religious vocations and occupations to immigrate or adjust status in the United States to perform religious work in a full-time, compensated position.

About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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