How Does the Government Shutdown affect my immigration case?

Dated: 01/11/2019

On Dec. 21, 2018, the U.S. federal government shut down affecting various federal agencies.  This article highlights which immigration agencies were affected and how that could impact your immigration case.

USCIS: Fortunately, because USCIS is for the most part, funded by application filing fees, it’s business as usual.  This means USCIS will continue to process your immigration applications, schedule and conduct your fingerprint appointments, and interviews, and process any responses to Requests for Evidence received while your application is pending.

Immigration Courts: Courts at non-detained sites are closed until the Government reopens.  This means that if you have a scheduled court date coming up and the Government remains shut down, your hearing will likely be rescheduled.  The Portland Immigration Court has been notifying people in removal proceedings and their attorneys a day in advance of their court date if their hearing has been rescheduled.  The Courts are still accepting filings but will not process them through until the Government reopens.

Department of State: Visa processing of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas will resume at U.S. consulates abroad based on the limited funding available.

EB-5 Processing: The EB-5 Regional Center Program ended on Dec. 21, 2018.  Until the federal government reopens, and the Regional Center EB-5 program extension is signed into law, new I-526 petitions cannot be filed.  Investors will also be unable to file new adjustment of status applications based on I-526 petitions until the program is officially extended.

If you have any questions about how the Federal government shutdown may affect your immigration case, feel free to give us a call at 503-951-8209.