Immigration Attys Ride Out Limited Service In Shutdown Slog

Law360 (January 18, 2019, 10:22 PM EST) -- Business immigration attorneys said they have mostly been able to conduct business as usual in spite of the federal government shutdown, though certain key programs remain inactive and low agency staffing levels have slowed down services.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which handles immigration benefits, has remained open, though some attorneys have reported processing delays. Some attorneys are also concerned that the U.S. Department of State will have to shutter consulates and embassies abroad as they run out of funding for critical functions.

Attorneys representing non-detained individuals in removal proceedings, meanwhile, face complications due to the closure of immigration courts, with...

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