US shutdown will not hit visa sections
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A threatened partial shutdown of the US government will not hit foreign nationals lining up for visas to visit the United States, a US official said Monday.
"Activities carried out by the Bureau of Consular Affairs will continue domestically and abroad, so that means they will continue visa issuance as well as our passport operations," State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said.
US lawmakers have until midnight to prevent the first US government shutdown in 17 years by agreeing on budget legislation, but a deal appeared remote on Monday.
Ms Psaki also predicted there would be little immediate effect on the State Department's operations if the shutdown goes into force, and most staff would also not be given mandatory furloughs.