As we approach the start of the Fiscal New Year, we are looking at a greater possibility of a government shutdown. This is something that has happened previously in 2013, when due to the budget, the Government was shut down for a little over 40 days and heavily impacted immigration cases.
This halted all H-1B cases from being filed as one of the requirements of the application – the Labor Condition Application (LCA) – was not being processed. All Permanent Labor Certification applications were also halted.
With the shutdown looking almost imminent, and the long processing times on H-1B’s, we are urging all clients and petitioners to begin the process for their upcoming H-1B extensions and amendments by September 20, 2017, so that all the LCA’s can be processed before the shutdown.
If your LCA is not filed, this could mean a longer delay for the processing on your case.