Shutdown Woes Aren't Over For Immigration Courts

Law360 (February 4, 2019, 9:02 PM EST) -- The end of the government shutdown came as a relief to business immigration practitioners who work on affected employment eligibility verification processes and saw some related visa processing delays, but the reopened immigration courts remain in chaos due to canceled hearings and piled-up paperwork.

The shutdown hit immigration courts much harder than the world of business immigration, which mostly relies on fee-funded programs administered through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. With the already overburdened courts closed for more than a month, thousands of hearings were missed and there remains no plan to reschedule them expediently, even with staff working overtime to...

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