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If the government shutdown happens again, how would it affect the pending DS-260 applications?

Would another government shutdown cause a complete halt on the processing of EB-5 visa applications until the shutdown ends? Can it also mean that there will be a backlog for DS-260 adjudication?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The regional center program has been extended to Sept. 30, 2019, and consular processing should resume if you have an approved I-526 petition.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The government shutdown does not/did not affect USCIS operations and most DOS operations because they are user-fee funded. In other words, the filing fees you pay help to fund the visa operations so these agencies are not relying on appropriations from Congress. Now that a second shutdown has been averted, your question is moot.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
    Answered on

    Given the toll that the recent government shutdown took, it is unlikely that we will have another shutdown anytime soon. But again, who knows? If it happens, it will probably be short-lived. At any rate, yes, a shutdown, however remote it might be, will slow down adjudications.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Shutdowns do slow State Department processing, but we are not going to get another shutdown. This has been resolved.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Yes, another government shutdown could cause a delay in the processing of your immigration visa application abroad until the shutdown ends. The longer any possible shutdown goes on, the longer a further backlog and adjudications will occur. Finally, in spite of the differences, there's still hope that the government will manage to avoid a governmental shutdown.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    We did not see much impact during the shut down.

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    Phuong Le

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If the government shuts down again, the EB-5 visa category would once again be unavailable and everything would be put on hold until it is reauthorized again.

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    Hassan Elkhalil

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It is unlikely that the government will shut down in light of the newly negotiated deal to avert the shutdown. If there is a shutdown, the processing of the DS-260 will not be affected but it may be delayed for some time. I do not think there will be a backlog to process the DS-260. Regarding the EB-5 processing, again, if there is a shutdown, the processing of the EB-5 visa and other visas may be delayed for a few more months.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    There is no shutdown in the horizon. It is all political ploy. There is no indication that the DS-260 adjudications will suffer a backlog or major negative effects.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It is possible that another shutdown would slow all immigrant visas processing. Unlike USCIS, the consulate is not self-funded, and those offices will slow down upon a government shutdown.

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