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Is NVC scheduling new appointments during the federal shutdown?

It seems that the National Visa Center and U.S. consulates are still open during the government shutdown, but I read that since the EB-5 regional center program has not been signed into law for 2019 yet, NVC is not scheduling new appointments. I received NVC’s email on Dec. 12, 2018, saying that my EB-5 case was completed and ready for setting an interview date at the Buenos Aires consulate. I am not sure if the shutdown delays this or if it’s not affected?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Appointment scheduling is usually delayed until the regional center program is reauthorized. If it is a direct EB-5 case, it should not be affected.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Correct! The EB-5 regional center program was not extended and, technically, terminated as of Dec. 21, 2018. It's uncertain when the government will approve a new budget or more likely continuing resolutions, which would be the vehicle by which the EB-5 regional center program will be extended.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If this is a regional center case, the green card cannot be issued until after the shutdown is over. Some consulates are still scheduling. But that seems to be in error and if scheduled, you should go top the interview, but the visa cannot presently be issued.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If they're moving your case along, move along with it!

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
    Answered on

    The government shutdown has certainly affected appointment scheduling. USCIS said that as of Dec. 22, 2018, they will put unadjudicated regional center-affiliated forms I-526 and I-485 (whether filed before or after the expiration date) on hold for an undetermined length of time. Similarly, National Visa Center and U.S. consulates are on hold mode until the program is reauthorized once the government shutdown ends.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It is affecting scheduling. Scheduling is going on, but it is slowed down.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Appointment scheduling is delayed until the program is reauthorized.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I believe they will not schedule any appointments until after the shutdown ends. There are no EB-5 visa numbers to give out now.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    My understanding is that during the government shutdown, no interviews are being scheduled.

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