Government Shutdown Averted09 Apr 2011
The U.S. government will not experience a shutdown at this time, thanks to a last-minute, temporary spending measure. This will provide funding to cover government operations for a few days, after which it is expected that an agreement will be reached for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year. MurthyDotCom readers will be updated on this topic.
Government Shutdown More Likely
The United States government faces a shutdown beginning midnight today, April 8, 2011. Unless an agreement is reached on funding, many government functions will cease and employees will be temporarily furloughed. This possibility and the expected impact on immigration services and filings was previously addressed for MurthyDotCom and MurthyBulletin readers in Temporary Government Shutdown: How Immigration Might be Affected (Posted 28.Feb.2011; updated 03.Mar.2011). The USCIS is expected to remain largely operational, since its funding comes from filing fees. The same is not true, however, of either the U.S. Department of Labor, or the visa and passport functions of the U.S. Department of State. Readers should follow the popular media and MurthyDotCom for updates on this important matter.
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