With the federal government shutdown, there are several significant disruptions to the processing of immigration cases.
1. The DOL will not process Labor Condition Applications (LCA’s). Consequently, H-1b transfers cannot be filed unless the company already has a pre-approved Labor Condition Application for the position and location.
2. The Department of State officially will operate as normal until funds are exhausted however, we expect delays in the processing of both immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
3. The DOL will not be accepting the filing of PERM applications. Consequently, recruitment campaigns may expire and have to be re-done. We are currently trying to verify whether hard copy mailed PERM cases can still be filed to protect existing recruitment and establish a priority date for H-1b 7th year extension purposes.
4. The DOL will not be issuing Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWD’s). Consequently, there will be a delay in the filing of PERM and I-140 Sch. A cases.
We will keep you updated on developments as they occur.