The US Embassy at Marli Street, Port of Spain today. PHOTO by MICHEAL BRUCE
US Embassy: Visa services not affected by US Government shutdown
... Applicants with scheduled visa interviews should come to the Embassy at the scheduled time and they will be seen. New applicants may continue to register for appointments, as usual.
AS a result of political disagreement between Democrats and Republicans, Congress was unable to agree a short-term budget to fund the United States government funded beyond the end of the fiscal year, which ended at midnight last night. This led to a government shutdown, the first in 17 years. However, the US Embassy in Port of Spain today stated that its visa services were inaffected.
The US Embassy explained -
Due to the lapse in appropriations which began today, certain Department of State operations will continue on a limited basis. Certain multi-year State Department accounts have residual funds that are available after September 30, 2013. These funds will allow the Department to continue to operate for a short period of time.
Fee-funded activities, including visa and passport issuance, and U.S. citizen services abroad, are expected to continue since fees are collected to finance these services.
Applicants with scheduled visa interviews should come to the Embassy at the scheduled time and they will be seen. New applicants may continue to register for appointments, as usual.
American citizen services will continue normally.
However, during this time the U.S. Department of State will not hire any new personnel and will have to severely constrain spending. This includes avoiding new obligations; sharply curtailing travel and conferences, and avoiding making all but the most essential purchases. Foreign assistance programs with Fiscal Year 2013 and prior-year funds available will continue, as will implementation of ongoing programs.
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