TN Visas Should Cont. to be Available During Any Gov. Shutdown
As of this writing, Congress and the Trump administration have not yet come to an agreement on a funding bill. If they do not do so by midnight tonight, parts of the federal government will shut down starting on Saturday.
In the event of a partial government shut down, the processing of TN visa applications generally should not be impacted:
USCBP, which adjudicates TN visa status applications filed by Canadian citizens at the U.S. border, provides “essential” functions, and would continue to operate during any shut down.
USCIS, which adjudicates I-129 TN petitions, is funded by filing fees and is for the most part not reliant on appropriated funds, and should continue to process TN petitions. See USCIS Statement.
USDOS, which is responsible for TN visa applications filed at a U.S. Embassy by citizens of Mexico, is also fee-funded, and should continue processing during a shut-down. See USDOS Statement.