USCIS will remain operational during the Federal Government Shutdown thanks to the healthy funding it derives from USCIS filing fees
- Good news: USCIS’ operations though the Federal Government Shutdown are expected to continue because it is funded by sources other than appropriated funds (read: H-1B and other USCIS filing fees). In fact, this funding is so substantial that USCIS expects to send home only 353 of 12,558 employees during the temporary shutdown.
- Consulates remain operational at this point.
- Unfortunately, the DOL ETA will not process any employment based labor certifications during the shut down. The PERM PLC website is also down, as is iCert.
The PERM PLC website is down due to the Federal Gov’t Shutdown, the website displays the following message:
The prod perm system is currently Unavailable
This Web application is currently unavailable due to the suspension of Federal government services. It will be available again when the Federal government resumes operations.
The Department of Labor has been experiencing technical problems with the PERM system, which still remains unavailable.