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10.21.2013

Butler Quoted in Corporate Counsel Article Regarding Government Shutdown Effects on Foreign US Workers

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Lane Powell Shareholder Diane Butler’s Immigration Edge blog post was quoted in an October 16 Corporate Counsel article titled “H-1B Visas for Foreign Employees During the Shutdown.” The article discussed the government shutdown, which concluded on October 17, and how the furlough affected foreign workers in the U.S., especially those with H-1B visas.

The ongoing government shutdown isn’t just putting federal employees out of work. Foreign workers in the U.S., especially those on H-1B visas, are being affected by the furlough too, notes Diane Butler on Lane Powell’s Immigration Edge blog.

Although U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“CIS”) is not fully shut down (the agency is fee-funded) and could therefore process the H-1B applications, the doors of the U.S. Department of Labor are closed. Employees must first file a wage request to the DOL, and without doing so their H-1B applications cannot be processed, according to Butler.

Read the article.