UNITED STATES – Implications of a Possible Government Shutdown

September 22, 2023

As publicly known, a partial government shutdown may occur on October 1 in the US. Even when this has not been confirmed and a shutdown has not happened during the last recent years, indications of a potential shutdown became stronger over the last few days.

While a final decision has not been reached, in the event of a shutdown has a high risk of impacting major US agencies, which also includes immigration-related decision makers.

Should this happen, the major impacts would be:

  • Significant delays in submission of labor condition applications (LCAs), PERM labor certification applications, and prevailing wage requests.
  • Should LCAs not be processed or interrupted, employers will not be able to move forward with H1B, H-1B1 and E-3 petitions

Be reminded that in the event a shutdown occurs, timeframes for ongoing applications filed with affected agencies will likely be delayed resulting in higher processing times.

Newland Chase Insights

Newland Chase is committed to service delivery and our client’s satisfaction, we will continue to monitor the situation and will keep issuing alerts in the event relevant information becomes available. In the meantime, should you require immediate assistance please contact your dedicated Immigration Consultant or send an email to [email protected]

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.