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?
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.”