The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will avert a furlough of more than 13,000 employees through September 30, 2020. The agency claims that spending cuts as well as an increase in revenues will allow USCIS to maintain its operations through the end of this fiscal year.
However, USCIS has also stated that future employee furloughs are not ruled out, and increased case processing backlogs and wait times are expected. In order to return to normal operating procedures, USCIS claims that congressional intervention will be needed to sustain it through fiscal year 2021.
By September 30, Congress will be required to pass a package or stopgap measure to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2021.