ALLS CHURCH, VA – During the period of October 1-16, 2013, the Executive Office for Immigration Review was operating in a limited capacity due to the lapse in government funding.
If an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request was due to the government shutdown, USCIS will consider the government shutdown as an extraordinary circumstance and excuse the late filing, if the petitioner meets all other applicable requirements.
According to the New York Times :
About 12:30, President Obama signed the measure passed by the Senate and the House to reopen the government and extend federal borrowing power. Earlier, the Office of Management and Budget said federal employees should return to work on Thursday.
Immigration courts nationwide are continuing to adjudicate detained cases. Court functions that support the detained caseload will continue, but other functions are suspended. For specific information about a particular court, please see below.
All USCIS offices worldwide are open. Activities continue despite Government Shutdown.
On the other hand The State Department had this announcement to make
As reported by The Indian Express :
It is a political situation in which government stops providing for all but 'essential' services. Unless Congress raises federal borrowing cap, government will shut down on Oct 1 as it will run out of money to pay bills
Why will government stop funding services?
We are reproducing below an letter to Donald Trump by Congressman Filemon Vela: "Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass." The highlights are ours.
Update, Radio Show with Rajiv, 2015, Jan 14, Immigration Innovation Act
Posted: Jan 13 2015
Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 or the I-Squared Act of 2013 (S. 169)
(Reintroduced in 2015)
(Reintroduced in 2015)
Text: S.169 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)
[Congressional Bills 113th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 169 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 169 To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________