United States: Federal Shutdown Averted for Now
A budget stopgap passed by Congress on Thursday will fund the federal government - including immigration operations - through December 22. E-Verify, the EB-5 Regional Center program and other expiring immigration programs have been extended through the same date.
A continuing resolution passed by Congress on Thursday will fund the federal government - including immigration operations - for an additional two weeks, through December 22, while negotiations on the FY 2018 budget continue. President Trump is expected to sign it into law soon. Four expiring immigration programs have also been extended without changes through December 22, 2017:
- the EB-5 Regional Center permanent residence program for foreign investors;
- the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system;
- the Conrad 30 waiver program for foreign medical graduates who will work in areas of the United States that are underserved by physicians; and
- the special immigrant non-minister religious worker permanent residence program.
What the short-term spending measure means for employers and foreign nationals
The passage of a temporary spending measure means that there will be no interruption of federal immigration operations for now, though a federal shutdown remains a possibility if there is no agreement on FY 2018 appropriations legislation by December 22, 2017. To minimize the impact of a potential shutdown after December 22, employers should work with their Fragomen team to assess their upcoming need for labor certification applications (LCAs), prevailing wage determinations and PERM filings, and submit applications as soon as possible. If a budget agreement is not reached and a shutdown occurs, Department of Labor functions would be completely suspended. USCIS and the State Department would continue to process applications, with possible delays.
This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen.