|Good news: the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be able to avoid furloughing 70% of its workforce through September 30. They may well come into play later this year, however. |
However, they believe agency spending cuts will likely increase processing times, and wait times for processing. Planning ahead and submitting documentation sooner, rather than later, may well be a prudent idea.
Last week, the US House of Representative approved an emergency stop-gap bill, which would allow premium processing to expand–and would avoid furloughs. The bill has not been passed by the Senate, and would also require presidential approval.
The existing land border restrictions which keep travel to only "essential" for the land borders of US/Canada and...