US Immigration and Travel Services during the Government Shutdown

This is Teacher Jennifer with US
Citizenship Podcast. Today we’re going to talk about Shutdown advisories that have
been posted on the following websites, Customs and Border Patrol (, and the State Department ( all of were posted on December 21st or 22nd 2018, As of December 25th 2018, the Department of Homeland Security ( and do not have shutdown advisories posted on their websites. Let’s begin with USCIS. THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DOES NOT AFFECT CITIZENSHIP SERVICES! USCIS will continue to process USCIS form N-400 Applications for Naturalization and
interview applicants for US citizenship. Their offices will remain OPEN and all
individuals should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled. USCIS will
continue to accept petitions and applications for benefit requests except noted below. Some USCIS programs, however, will either expire us or suspend
operations or be otherwise affected until they have received their
appropriate funds or are reauthorized by Congress. These include the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program; 2. E-Verify. 3. Conrad 30 J-1 doctors. 4. Non-Minister Religious Workers. Please visit for further information. The second department we will talk about
is US Customs and Border Patrol or On the website it said due to
the lapse of federal funding this website will not actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21st 2018 and will
not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this
website may not be up-to-date. Transactions submitted via website might
not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after the appropriations are enacted. (Note:) However, you still can get up to the information that
you need on airport or border wait times before you begin your travel at Further Note:
US Citizenship Podcast will return to the CBP website in early 2019
to follow up on some of the scams that target immigrant travelers. The third
department we would like to visit is Transportation and Security Administration On the website there was no shutdown advisory but there is a very
helpful ask TSA blog post with travel tips. In addition to removing electronics
larger than a cell phone, TSA recommends separating foods, powders, and items that,can clutter bags. To facilitate screening process, they also have a very helpful
video about preparing carry-on bags for security screening. (Watch Travel Tips playlist on YouTube). See the show notes for more details. The final Department we would like to
visit is the US. Department of State Consular Affairs ( The notice says at this time scheduled passport and visa services in the United States and at our
US embassies and consulates overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriation as a situation permits. We will not update this website until full
operation resumed with the exception of urgent safety and security information.
The National Visa Center, the National Passport Information Center, and the
Kentucky Consular Center will still accept telephone
calls and inquiries from the public. Please note we will be closed for
scheduled federal holidays on December 24th and 25th and will reopen on December the 26th. The question on everybody’s mind is what can you do
during the government shutdown? Number Number 1: Check the government websites or
their social media accounts to find out how the shutdown will impact immigration and travel services that are important to you. Number 2: Carry the correct ID
as you travel to and from your destination this includes your state
issued ID such as a driver’s license, passport, and legal permanent resident
card. Number 3: make copies or take photos of your ID and record the number
and keep the images and info in a secure but accessible place. Number 4: take
the same precautions for your family members. Note: the new federal
requirements commonly known as REAL ID begins on October 1, 2020. See the
show notes for more details. Number 5: If you have an opinion about the budget,
immigration, travel, or any other topic, contact your representative by phone or
email via Senate gov or House gov. Frequently the website will ask about
your “zip plus four” which is your zip code plus your route number which you
can find by following the link to and entering your street
address. You can also write or call (or tweet to) the President. The address is the White House ,1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC – 20500
Phone number 202-456-1111. Thanks to the students and staff of Milpitas Adult School. A special thanks
to all federal employees: YOU DELIVER ON AMERICA’S PROMISE. Please visit us at the web at USCITIZENPOD.COM. Thanks for listening. I know that you will be a great American citizen!

Maurice Vega

6 Responses

  1. hello, as I understand that E-Verify will be not available during shutdown, does it mean that pending STEM OPT Extension application will be suspended as well as E-verify and STEM OPT are related? Please help. Thank you!.

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