US Government Shutdown; Impact on I-20, F1 and H1B Visa

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If there is no budget deal by midnight Friday, US Government will shutdown. About 800,000 federal government workers will be out of job. What will be the impact to our readers?

  • F1 Visa – US Consulates will be closed
  • H1B Visa – New LCA cannot be filed.

US Government Shutdown – F1 Visa – US Consulates

US Consulates and Embassy come under Department of State. While the diplomatic and security aspects of the Department of State (DOS) operations would continue, visa applications would likely not be processed in the event of a shutdown.

Which means that the US consulates will not be open for visa appointments and processing. This would impact students going for Fall 2011 or other visa stamping, depending on duration of shutdown.

You could encounter long delays in obtaining visas to USA, possibly extending beyond the shutdown itself as consular offices are forced to reschedule canceled appointments.

This shutdown impacts those who have planned their travel for H1B Visa and F1 Visa stamping. Consider postponing your international travel or at least plan for delays.

US Government Shutdown – H1B Visa

Unlike the USCIS, the Department of Labor (DOL) does not charge user fees for its services. It is thus expected that the DOL will cease processing PERM labor certifications, prevailing wage determinations greencard, and other immigration-related benefits.

To apply for H1B Visa, LCA application have to be approved. If DOL closes, then new LCA cannot be filed. So, new H1B Visa 2012 applications cannot be submitted.

If LCA is already approved, H1B Visa capplication can be submitted to USCIS. Since, USCIS is run based on fees.

In addition to above immigration related impacts, several other departments, websites will not operate. Stay tuned for more updates related to government shutdown.


Sevis I-20 is handled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its not clear if ICE will continue to issue I-20′s during Government Shutdown.

Stay tuned for additional updates regarding US Government Shutdown  and impact on immigration related activities.

Related :  Impact of U.S. Government Shutdown On F1, H1B Visa, OPT, H4 Visa Holders (2013)

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