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Could the shutdown affect oath ceremony?

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My husband's naturalization oath ceremony is scheduled for this Friday, December 22, 2018. If the government shuts down, would they even still carry out the ceremony? Anyone have experience with this?

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During the last government shutdown in 2013, the impact for most customers of USCIS was minimal. Naturalization interviews, citizenship ceremonies and most of the other day-to-day work of the agency continued as normal. That is because USCIS is a fee-based agency. Its funding is not dependent on annual appropriations from Congress. The exception is E-Verify, the component of USCIS that checks the work eligibility of employees being hired by U.S. employers. According to USCIS, more than 500,000 employers currently use the system. E-Verify depends on annual appropriations and therefore would be unable to operate if there were a lapse in funding.

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I called USCIS just now and they said they have no information. If the government closes down, they'll put the information on their website. The thing is--thats like 12 hours before the ceremony. This is ridiculous.

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