US Employers Should Make Plans for Possible Shutdown of USCIS
Despite being 97% funded by filing fees from applicants, USCIS has announced that it is running out of funds and will shut down unless Congress provides additional significant funding within 30 days. Combined with the fact that U.S. Consulates currently are closed and no visas (with a few exemptions) are being issued by the State Department, this would certainly put U.S. employers in a bind as they may not be able to retain their international personnel already in the U.S.
Employers Make a Plan of Action
Employers should carefully review all international personnel files with their business immigration lawyers and make a plan of action pertaining to retention of international personnel. At our firm, we are working through each file making a specific plan. Some involve employers filing new or extensions of H-1B, TN, L-1, P. O. or E-2 petitions within 30 days where the employer is eligible, ramping up employer-based green card filings, and looking for other legal alternative solutions in each specific case.
Employer’s Communication with International Person
In addition, we recommend the following communication be sent to international personnel:
“USCIS has announced that, unless additional funds are provided by Congress, it will shut down in 30 days. If Congress provides funding, there won’t be a shutdown. Together with our business immigration lawyers, we are reviewing each individual file and making a determination of what needs to be done to secure continuous employment. This may include filing a new non-immigrant visa petition, filing an extension or other measures for which we may be eligible.“
Business Immigration Attorney MDIVANI CORPORATE IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM
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