During the partial shutdown of the federal government, ISSS remains committed to providing the best possible service to Emory’s international community. While the full extent of the shutdown is still uncertain, we anticipate substantial disruptions in government services relied upon by ISSS in assisting international students and scholars. The most significant disruptions are:
Departments should continue to submit requests to sponsor H-1B temporary workers and should continue to submit requests for processing Labor Condition Applications. ISSS will work on these petitions and, when the government is back in business, will be in a better position to file as quickly as possible. Requests to admit F-1 students or sponsor J-1 Exchange Visitors can proceed without interruption.
ISSS has been in conversation with other offices related to employment of international students and scholars, such as E-verify, the completion of I-9 forms, and consequences of suspension of Social Security number applications. Although E-Verify is not accessible during the shutdown, Data Services in Human Resources will run E-verify checks on all new employees when the government resumes normal operations. Everyone must continue to complete I-9 forms verifying an employee’s status for work authorization. Departments may continue to process new employees for employment without an SSN. Once the Social Security Administration resumes normal operations, new employees must apply for the SSN as soon as possible and report their SSN to Human Resources.
Finally, the shutdown will likely increase the processing times for most immigration-related matters. If you have specific concerns or issues, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.