How does the government shutdown affect immigrants, the courts and our border?
Although the federal government has been shutdown, the effects upon my immigration clients have been varied.
U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the primary agency that handles petitions and applications related to immigration. For most filings, USCIS charges a filing fee. According to USCIS spokesperson Christopher Bentley, USCIS can continue to operate during the shutdown because these fees cover 95% of their budget. I have filed applications and received the processing receipts. Interviews for naturalization and adjustment of status applications are going forward.