I copied this from the NVC forum. An update regarding the government shutdown.
The US Govt is shutdown due to disagreements in the budget.
How long will it be? unknown, my opinion is less than 1 week
How will it effect Visa applications? it won't
USCIS and the US embassy visa's are funded by the fees that we pay so they stay open.
very very little effect at all maybe some phone operators are off but we won't know that until Monday.
DON"T WORRY ABOUT IT!!! I was here in the last shutdown and pretty much nothing happened,
How the Federal Government Shutdown Affects U.S. Immigration Services.
The last time it happened there was very very little effect on the family visa process (K1 included) USCIS and embassies continued to work like normal.
The Department of State (DOS):
Since DOS offices are usually funded for a two-year period, DOS will continue to process such applications as long as sufficient funds are available to execute consular services. Nevertheless, past experiences with similar shutdowns suggest that any applications filed during this period will experience significant delays in processing. If the shutdown becomes protracted, it is possible that DOS will suspend all services other than emergency support for U.S. citizens abroad. We, therefore recommend that applicants plan their travel accordingly and if they must apply for visas during the government shut-down, that they attempt to schedule the earliest appointment possible.
NVC is part of DOS, and is funded by the fees they collect they are open but maybe the phone operators maybe off, the other workers continue to work and process applications.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
they continue to process I-129f and I-130's. But background checks with the FBI could be delayed.
Key USCIS systems will be suspended or limited. The USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS), which includes E-Verify, will not be operational. While E-Verify is non-operational, companies will not be able to verify new employee eligibility or enroll them into the system.
Why would the gov't shutdown? (no politcs)
basically out gov't can not agree on a budget and the funding (money) stops.
How long will the shutdown be? we don't even know if it will happen today or not, I say it would only last a few days at most.
Many State Department operations will continue in a shutdown. Passport and visa processing, which are largely self-funded by consumer fees, will not shut down. The agency's main headquarters in Washington, in consultation with the nearly 300 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions around the world, will draw up lists of nonessential employees who will be furloughed.
HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT (includes USCIS )
A department spokesman said nearly 90 percent of Homeland Security employees are considered essential and will continue to perform their duties during a government shutdown.
That means most Customs and Border Protection and Transportation Security Administration workers will stay on the job, according to the department's shutdown plan, dated Friday.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be staffed at about 78 percent, meaning more than 15,000 of the agency's employees will keep working. The Secret Service, also part of Homeland Security, will retain more than 5,700 employees during the shutdown.
Adjudications at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency at the US Department of Homeland Security that reviews nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions and applications for immigration benefits, is fee-funded, and should continue on a normal schedule. Visa processing at US Department of State consular posts would likely not be affected for the same reason, at least initially, though an extended shutdown could lead to a suspension of services other than emergency support for US citizens. If posts are forced to scale back, past experience suggests that visa applications may be affected first. During the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns, which together lasted 27 days, an estimated 20,000–30,000 visa applications went unprocessed every day. Officers with US Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are “essential” personnel, which means these agencies should also operate on a normal schedule.