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Is the government shutdown affecting visa processing?

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I was curious if the government shutdown is affecting visa processing. Specifically, my case has been stuck in "administrate procedure" at the embassy in Nicaragua for 10 weeks now. I know the state department is one of the areas potentially affected. Are the embassies directly affected by the shutdown?

 

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reportedly the visa process at the consulate level isn't "directly" affected because it is funded by our fees which have already been paid . but i suspect that admin processing may be indirectly affected if it involves coordination with other agencies that may be shut down or have furloughed staff . i think its safe to say that it isn't making anything go faster .

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From the USCIS Website:

 

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Lapse in Federal Funding Does Not Impact Most USCIS Operations

The current lapse in annual appropriated funding for the U.S. government does not affect USCIS’s fee-funded activities. Our offices will remain open, and all individuals should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled. USCIS will continue to accept petitions and applications for benefit requests, except as noted below.

Some USCIS programs, however, will either expire or suspend operations, or be otherwise affected, until they receive appropriated funds or are reauthorized by Congress. These include:

  • EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program (not the EB-5 Program). Regional centers are a public or private economic unit in the U.S. that promotes economic growth. USCIS designates regional centers for participation in the Immigrant Investor Program. The EB-5 Program will continue to operate.
  • E-Verify. This free internet-based system allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S.
  • Conrad 30 Waiver Program for J-1 medical doctors. This program allows J-1 doctors to apply for a waiver of the two-year residence requirement after completing the J-1 exchange visitor program. The expiration only affects the date by which the J-1 doctor must have entered the U.S.; it is not a shutdown of the Conrad 30 program entirely.
  • Non-minister religious workers. This special immigrant category allows non-ministers in religious vocations and occupations to immigrate or adjust to permanent resident status in the U.S. to perform religious work in a full-time, compensated position.

 

https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/lapse-federal-funding-does-not-impact-most-uscis-operations


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