There are 2 major issues causing this shut down – Deb Ceiling (soon it will be crisis) and Obama Care Law. You may already know about U.S. Government Shut Down since yesterday. Today is Day 2 of the Shut Down and No solution is in sight. While political drama is played in Washington D.C. people who are affected are folks like you and me.
Majority of the readers of this blog are USA Visa Holders like Student F1 Visa, H1B Visa, H4 Visa, L1, and L2 Visa and prospective students planning to study in USA in coming months and years. This is how U.S. Government Shutdown Affects F1 and H1B Visa Holders. Today, I want to specifically answer some of the questions posted by the readers in the comments yesterday.
Questions were related to H1B Transfer, LCA applications, OPT Students and impact on students planning to study in USA in Spring 2014 or Fall 2014 and later.
- Tourists in USA
- Students in USA (F1 Visa)
- F1, OPT to H1B Visa
- H1B Visa ( Transfer, New applications)
- Green Card PERM Labor
- Attending Visa Interview at US Embassy and Consulates
- Future Students
Tourists in USA
I took the above pic during our trip to Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Falls in the Distance). National Parks, Governments Museums are closed during shut down.
If you are visiting USA and were planning to go to Yellow Stone National Park, Yosemite National Park or any other national parks, you will have to change your plans. Think about the tourist who came to USA by spending thousands of dollars? They can visit Empire State Building in New York, but can’t go to Statue of Liberty or Niagara Falls.
F1 Visa : Students in USA
Majority of the students in USA attending college will not see any impact due to the shut down.
Sad Part : You still have to attend your classes, complete home work, projects, papers and thesis.
Just like Tourists visiting USA, if you decide to go on a trip to visit National Parks, then you will be disappointed.
Applying for OPT
OPT applications will be processed by USCIS. Following message was posted in USCIS Website. USCIS is not affected by Government Shut Down.
H1B Visa – Transfer, New applications
Folks who are applying for New H1B Application or other visa require LCA (Labor Condition Application) will be affected. As you can see in the above table, Department of Labor employees are furloughed.
I have got my petition approved, but not appeared for VISA stamping yet.Since there is a change in the location we have initiated petition transfer. I was told by my employer that my application is filed with iCERT. How will it affect my visa stamping and travel.
iCERT is systems are used to file LCA application. Due to shutdown, iCERT system is not available. Which means your employer have to wait till iCERT system becomes available.
I am moving to another employer and got my new LCA also one week back . They have started processing my H1b transfer and sent the Fedex to usics. fedex delivered to SAINT ALBANS, VT on 09/30/2013. Now I am waiting for Petition processing number. Will the shutdown effects my process. They are doing it in Premium processing .
In this scenario, LCA is approved and USCIS is processing the H1B Transfer application. USCIS offices are open and you will not be affected by this shut down.
Green Card PERM Labor
PERM labor application is approved by Department of Labor, which is closed. So, your employer have to wait to file your PERM application. PERM application is now taking over 8 months to process. It used to be 3 months. With this shut down processing time could increase further.
Impact on 6th year H1B : This can affect some people who are in their 6th year of H1B, when PERM have to be filed to request 1 year H1B Extension.
Attending Visa Interview at US Embassy and Consulates
Department of State is not affected by Shut Down. This doesn’t change the way your Visa interview will be conducted or processed.
If you were planning to attend the interview during shut down period or scheduled interview during shut down, there will be no change in how your visa interview will be conducted.
Refer to the above table’s Department of State which handles the Visa interviews and U.S. Passports.
What do u think might affect fall 201 or fall 2013 students if there is any .These sort of revelations do play a significant role in terms of their decision ..etc ,don’t they? ..I mean its not going to be permanent but still am afraid this will be a concern.
I don’t think Fall 2013 or Fall 2014 students have to worry about the shutdown. Your application package will be delivered via Fedex, DHL or USPS Mail services.
Do you have any other questions about U.S. Federal Government Shut Down or have it affected you in any way? Post your questions or share your experience in the comments section below.