A partial government shutdown could occur tonight at midnight if Congress and the President do not reach an agreement on a spending bill or continuing resolution. Although the House passed a spending bill on Thursday night, the Senate will likely reject the spending bill, since it includes $5 billion for the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.
If there is a shutdown, it will have the most significant impact on our clients who are starting H-1B petitions or have PERM applications in the works, as the Department of Labor will be shut down. This will most likely lead to delays in case processing. The impact of the delays will depend largely on how long the shutdown lasts.
We are following this situation carefully. Shutdowns can harm persons seeking immigration benefits. We are undertaking measures to ensure any impact to our clients is minimal. For more frequent updates, please follow us on Twitter (@GrahamAdairLaw).