Government Shutdown Does Not Impede USCIS Operations

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

In a statement published over the weekend, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicated that despite the lapse of funding that has led to the government shutdown, they are open for business and will be holding previously-scheduled appointments. Additionally, they will also be accepting petitions during the shutdown.

The web-based platform E-Verify is one of four USCIS programs that will temporarily suspend operations, although only employers who utilize the program will be impacted and a late registration will be explained due to the shutdown.

How should I proceed?

Global Immigration Associates and Envoy recommend that you proceed with regular business operations as none of USCIS’s services that impact our work will be closed. If anything changes or if we receive new information, we will be sure to let you know immediately.

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Sara Herbek, who is the Managing Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.