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    Government shutdown!

    How does this government shutdown affects our cases?
    Please excuse my ignorance,
    Thanks in advance.

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    Good question. I am also worried about it. I read in a forum on facebook that it doesn't affect because with our fees we pay the officers/employees. I wonder if this is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sept2014 View Post
    How does this government shutdown affects our cases?
    Please excuse my ignorance,
    Thanks in advance.
    The shutdown does not affect USCIS. The offices remain open. As per a statement made by USCIS "fee-for-service activities performed by USCIS are not affected by a lapse in annual appropriated funding" Immigrants pay fees for their applications to be processed. Immigration Courts for the most part will be closed during the shutdown. Emergency filings for people in detention can be made though. E-verify will be shutdown. Saying all that, the fact is that most U visa applications are fee waived. We were already not priority processing I do not think that is going to change.So realistically our cases will experience further set-backs. File your cases as usual, attend your appointments but just expect the wait time to go up a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leah View Post
    The shutdown does not affect USCIS. The offices remain open. As per a statement made by USCIS "fee-for-service activities performed by USCIS are not affected by a lapse in annual appropriated funding" Immigrants pay fees for their applications to be processed. Immigration Courts for the most part will be closed during the shutdown. Emergency filings for people in detention can be made though. E-verify will be shutdown. Saying all that, the fact is that most U visa applications are fee waived. We were already not priority processing I do not think that is going to change.So realistically our cases will experience further set-backs. File your cases as usual, attend your appointments but just expect the wait time to go up a bit more.
    Thank you Leah.
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