As of October 1, the Republicans have succeeded in shutting down all “non-essential” U.S. government functions. What that means for immigrants, however, depends on which agency you’re dealing with, how its’ funded, how urgent its functions are considered to be, and of course how long this shutdown lasts.
So, for example, if you are scheduled for a green card (adjustment of status) interview during the shutdown, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services so far says that these will continue. On the other hand, immigration court proceedings are largely canceled, except in cases where the person is being held in detention.
And in case you were wondering, the shutdown doesn’t change the fact that today is the first day people from certain countries can apply for the U.S.’s annual diversity visa lottery.
For further details, see Nolo’s update on “What the Federal Shutdown Means for Immigration Agencies.”