U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced to furlough over 13000 from its workforce.
The agency has said it will require to take that step unless it receives a cash infusion from Congress because the fees from visa and citizenship applications and other services it gives are down sharply in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Those fees largely fund the operations of the agency, which is a component of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS has seen a tense decrease in income and is seeking a one-time emergency call for funding to secure we can carry out our mission of administering our nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its honor, and protecting the American people,” a USCIS representative said.
Furthermore the representative said “Without congressional intervention, USCIS will need to administratively furlough approximately 13,400 employees.”