22 December 2018
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22 December 2018,
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PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IN EFFECT

As of Midnight EST the U.S. government went into a partial government shutdown. The shutdown is partial because roughly 75% of the government was previously funded in a different funding bill. This shutdown will have an impact on some elements of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.

We’ve been advised that there are primarily two possible impacts anticipated:

  1. 1. – eVerify will not operate during a shutdown. As a result eVerify employers will need to plan on using the portal for new hires when it resumes services after this shutdown ends;
  2. 2. – Consular services may be impacted. The impact is unknown at this time and may be felt at each consulate differently. For those individuals who are considering non-essential travel to reissue visas in the coming weeks, we recommend reconsidering these plans in the event of a longer shutdown. Those individuals who already have existing appointments should monitor the consular website and their appointment/email to see if any changes are posted to their planned interview.

For U.S. Citizens, it has been reported that passport offices run by the Department of State are closed, thus it is expected that passport operations are suspended as a non-essential service.

Should clients have immediate travel issues as a result of changes in consular services be sure to communicate your delays with your HR/Management and book the next available appointment. If we can be of assistance, contact the team (attorney/legal writer) assisting with your process.

** This newsletter/memo is provided for informational and discussion purposes only. It does not act as a substitute for direct legal contact on an individual basis **

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