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UPDATE: Imminent Government Shutdown and Potential Impact on LCA and PERM Applications

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On Monday the Senate will be voting on a short-term spending bill introduced by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran. If passed, the bill will temporarily fund the government through December 11th of this year. If the bill is not passed, the country will face a government shutdown beginning on October 1, 2015. The temporary funding bill called a continuing appropriations resolution will be required to keep government agencies afloat for the remainder of the year. Congressional Republicans and Democrats have been at odds with one another since the Planned Parenthood scandal was brought to light. The non-profit organization’s involvement in the practice of procuring tissues from aborted fetuses for the purpose of medical research has been deeply contested by Republicans, who believe Planned Parenthood should no longer receive federal funding. Due to this impasse, no resolution bill has yet been agreed upon.

Repercussions on Immigration: LCA’s and PERM applications

A government shutdown would mean that various government agencies may not be operating at full capacity. Due to this we urge our clients to file urgent Labor Condition Applications or PERM applications prior to October 1, 2015. While the shutdown will have an effect on the economy, families, and business throughout the country, entities not affected by the government shutdown include USCIS, the military, airport security, FBI, Border Patrol, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, among others.

Consequences

As a result of the government shutdown, Federal workers will be most affected.  During the October 2013 federal government shutdown, approximately 850,000 individuals were furloughed per day. This figure decreased when the Pentagon passed the Pay Our Military Act putting thousands of Department of Defense civilian employees back to work. The 2013 shut down cost the federal government over 2 billion dollars, the majority of which accounted for payroll costs of furloughed employee salaries. IRS enforcement measures, federal permitting, transportation and energy projects, import and export licensing, health and safety inspections, issuance of tax refunds, federal loans, training and resource allocation for the work force, government sponsored scientific research, travel and tourism were all subject to delays and interruptions. To read the complete report issued by the White House regarding the impact of the October 2013 government shutdown, click here.

To read the more about the Appropriations Resolution please click here.

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