USCIS to allow late filing of certain applications due to partial government shutdown

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it will allow late filing of extension or change of status applications for individuals in H-1B (skilled occupation worker), H-2A (temporary or seasonal agricultural worker) and H-2B (temporary or seasonal nonagricultural worker) status if the primary reason for failure to timely register was due to the partial government shutdown.

USCIS considers the government shutdown an "extraordinary circumstance" that allows for late filings as long as the applicant meets the requirements.

Please consult with an immigration attorney before beginning the immigration process.