DHS/CIS Largely Unaffected by Government Shutdown; A Different Story for Related Agencies

By |2013-10-07T08:29:51-05:00October 7th, 2013|Categories: Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, United States Embassies Abroad|Tags: , |

Published:  October 7, 2013 With no end in sight for the ongoing government shutdown, many wonder how federal government agencies performing immigration-related functions will be impacted for the foreseeable future.  Below is a summary assessment: Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/CIS):  In general, business as usual.  DHS/CIS primarily operates by way of “fee for service” funding, and thus is not affected by a lapse in annual appropriated funding.  That is, most of DHS/CIS’ functions are funded by way of filing fees supplied by applicants and petitioners.  So, green card and citizenship interviews and decision-making will continue without interruption.  However, […]