U.S. Congress’s failure to reach a budget deal has caused a partial shutdown of U.S. government offices and services. The full extent to which the government shutdown will impact various aspects of the immigration process is not yet clear. Following is a brief description of known disruptions that will result from the government shutdown:
- Department of Labor: Employees for the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) have been placed in furlough status. Thus, the OFLC is not accepting nor processing any applications. This includes Labor Condition Applications, Applications for Prevailing Wage Determination and Applications for Permanent Employment Certification (including audit responses). OFLC has not yet issued guidance for managing matters during the government shutdown...
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