The following report has been shared by Jasmine Rios, Law Clerk with KNG regarding the effects we have witnessed due to the government shutdown:
The government shutdown began in December of 2018 and unfortunately, it’s effects are transcending into the 2019 new year.
Government officials and agencies are directly affected by the lapse in funding and, as to be expected, those individuals and businesses that depend on those agencies are seeing its adverse effects as well. Immigration firms and their clients are not exempt from the ripples that the government shutdown has caused. As our business continues to strive in aiding our clients in their immigration matters, those adverse effects are becoming evident.
Today, USCIS twitted “We’re open! The government shutdown doesn’t affect our scheduled interviews and appointments because they’re funded by fees. If you have an appointment, come into our office.” However, in the past few weeks, we have been unable to receive adequate case updates because USCIS and CBP have been unable to maintain their websites due to lack of funding or able to answer phone calls.
Specifically, CBP has provided the following within their website: “Notice: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This Website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted.
As such, information on this website may not be up to date.
Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.”
Meanwhile, several cases sent to Service Centers sit at the postal office waiting for pick-up by USCIS.
Although the deadline has been met, we await to see what the effects of the backlog will be when the shutdown ends.
As the government shutdown persists please forward any questions, concerns, you may be facing by commenting below or contacting us.
The KNG Law team will update as any new information develops.