The Consulates of the US and US Embassies around the world are offering Visas in spite of the present partial shutdown of the Federal Government. This is as long as they collect adequate fees for offering these services. The announcement in this regard was made by the official of the US State Department.
The officer said that Consular operations will remain open in the US and overseas until there are sufficient fees for supporting the operations. This includes US Embassies and the Passport and Visa services, added the officer. Diplomatic Missions of the US will also be offering emergency and routine services to US nationals added the officer.
The funding for US State Department and some crucial agencies expired last month, as quoted by the Urdu Point. This was after the Senate could not finalize a deal for funding the wall at Mexico border.
800,000 plus Federal employees have been impacted by the recent shutdown. In the past shutdowns, both non-furloughed and furloughed workers were paid salaries retroactively.
The partial shutdown of the Government has become the longest closure in US history. This is as the clock went past 12 yesterday. Meanwhile, nervous Republicans and President Donald Trump are scrambling for a way out of the deadlock.
The Senate and the House voted to offer back pay to Federal workers whenever the shutdown ends. They then dispersed for the week even as the shutdown counted its 22nd day.
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