This report covers the potential effects of a U.S. government shut-down on immigration-related activities and processes.
Several government agencies in the United States (U.S.) are only funded through December 21, 2018. Although the Senate recently passed a short-term spending bill, it is not certain that President Trump will sign it. Thus, the U.S. federal government is scheduled to partially shut down at midnight December 21, 2018.1 The situation continues to unfold as of this newsletter’s publication, so readers are advised to keep tabs on developments.
This GMS Flash Alert highlights the potential immigration-related effects of a U.S. federal government shut-down.
Employers and U.S. visa applicants should be aware of the potential consequences of a government shut-down, particularly as they relate to visa appointments and interviews at U.S. Consulates and Embassies abroad. Employers enrolled in E-Verify should also be attentive to how the shut-down could impact the I-9 process.
To avoid a shut-down of the U.S. federal government on December 22, 2018, Congress must pass a long-term budget or at least a short-term funding measure. The Trump Administration has been seeking from Congress USD 5 billion in funding for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. This is proving difficult given how divided the Republicans and Democrats are on this issue. As of December 21, no agreement had been reached. The effects of a partial shut-down include:
KPMG Law LLP will continue to monitor developments relating to federal government funding and provide updates as they become available.
1 For up-to-date information, please visit the government website of Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as well as Senator McConnell’s Twitter feed . You may also follow the floor proceedings on the website for the U.S. Senate.
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