Furloughs coming to US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Published: Jun. 12, 2020 at 3:55 AM EDT
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Thousands of workers who oversee the nation's legal immigration system could be furloughed next month, but Gov. Phil Scott Friday said Vermont has not been notified on the magnitude of jobs impacted.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services relies mostly on application fees to finance day-to-day operations and we're told there has been a dramatic decrease in revenue during the pandemic.

St. Albans is home to one of the nation's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service centers and it employs hundreds of contractors and government employees.

The USCIS director says they could furlough "a portion" of their employees starting on July 20 unless Congress takes action and gives the department more than a billion dollars in emergency funds. The proposed furlough would last 30 days.

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