How will the Government Shutdown affect the Immigration process and Immigration Agencies?

How will the Shut Down affect he Immigration Process and their Agencies? ?

Generally, if the government shuts for budgetary reasons, all but “essential” personnel are furloughed and are not allowed to work.

USCIS: USCIS is a fee-funded agency with the exception of E-Verify, so if the government shuts down, only E-Verify shuts down. Otherwise, it’s business as usual.

January 21, 2018 Update: USCIS has confirmed that DACA renewal processing will continue.
DOS: Visa and passport operations are fee-funded and should not be impacted by a lapse in appropriations, but operating status and funding will need to be monitored closely. If visa operations are affected, consular posts will generally only handle diplomatic visas and “life or death” emergencies.

CBP: Inspection and law enforcement personnel are considered “essential.” Ports of entry will be open; however, processing of applications filed at the border may be impacted.

ICE: ICE enforcement and removal operations will continue, and ICE attorneys will typically focus on the detained docket during a shutdown. The ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) offices are unaffected since SEVP is funded by fees.

EOIR: EOIR’s detained docket is typically considered an essential function and would therefore continue to operate. During the 2013 shutdown, EOIR continued to accept court filings, even in non-detained cases.

DOL: The OFLC would cease processing all applications in the event of a government shutdown, and personnel would not be available to respond to e-mail or other inquiries. OFLC’s web-based systems, iCERT and PERM, would be inaccessible, and BALCA dockets will be placed on hold.

CIS Ombudsman: The DHS Office of the CIS Ombudsman would close and would not accept any inquiries through its online case intake system.

Happy Holidays from the Fleischer Law Firm

2016 has been a great year. We thank our clients for their loyal support. We have helped many business flourish, families re-unite and had some fun in the process. In the ever changing and challenging world of us immigration law.. we are grateful for our mentor and founder Richard.. who has been fighting for businesses  and families for over 40 years.  2017 looks to be a challenging year  for immigrants both legal and undocumented. The Fleischer  Law Firm will continue to help you ” dare dream the impossible dream”. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all.


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Former Cincinnati Bengal and Notre Dame star to bring EB-5 Regional Center to Cincinnati, Ohio

Former Cincinnati Bengals and Notre Dame Fighting Irish Safety Chenedum Ndukwe  has started an EB-5 Regional Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

An EB5 Regional Center is an organization designated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that sponsors capital investment projects for investment by EB5 investors. The major advantage for regional center designation is that the regional center can take advantage of indirect job creation.


Eb-5 Regional Center Cincinnati Ohio
Eb-5 Regional Center Cincinnati Ohio


After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Business Management and Psychology, Chinedum Ndukwe, a first generation Nigerian American, played in the NFL for 5 years. He then transitioned from the locker room to the board room and founded both Kingsley and Company, a diversified services company, and EB5 of Ohio.


Great to see the transition from the field into the business world. Congrats “Chinny” Who dey!