USCIS is preparing to furlough 70% of its 20,000 person workforce unless Congress provides additional funding, according to a spokesperson. Congress was notified of USCIS's projected budget shortfall last month. While conversations with the Hill are ongoing, according to the agency's statement, preparation is underway for furloughs.
Approximately 13,400 employees will be notified whether they'll be furloughed beginning August 3, an agency spokesperson said. USCIS is primarily fee-funded and typically continues most operations during lapses in funding, such as last year's government shutdown. But during the pandemic, the agency suspended its in-person services, including all interviews and naturalization ceremonies.