While the shutdown is now reality, it doesn't mean all
government functions will simply stop. The State Department says it will keep
most passport agencies and consular operations open so long as it has the funds
to do so.
KSFY spoke with international Augustana students who are
unsure about what this means for them.
college students planning to travel might not be able to as easily. International
students and those planning to study abroad may have to adjust some of their
quite confusing," said Kseniia Yelisieieva, a Global U-Grad Scholar at Augustana
consensus among many international students at Augustana College.
about 140 international students on campus and they're coming from about 43
different countries, and on the outbound side during the course of this
academic year will probably have over 200 students, American students, that
will travel abroad," said Donn Grinager, Director of International Programs at
But if we
continue on our current path, those numbers might not be so high.
if I was in my country maybe I wouldn't go because it would take forever," said
We know the state department will continue to process
passport applications and foreign visas. Fees collected with the applications
pay for their processing.
had a student that dropped off her application yesterday down at the United
States post office and they kind of gave her, whether it's incorrect
information at least concerning information about not really knowing when or
why effect shutdown is going to have on passport services," said Grinager.
of these unanswered questions are leaving some feeling uneasy.
coming here I thought that the government system here is quite stable but as I
came here I see it's not so," said Yelisieieva.
it's a compound problem.
security offices either being shut down or the work being slowed down we have a
student that has an on-campus opportunity, employment opportunity that will
probably be delayed in the start if that employment because of a government
shutdown and her need to get her Social Security in time to start her on-campus
employment," said Grinager.
home only next year in the end of May, so I hope this problem will be over by
that time," said Yelisieieva.
the last government shut down nearly 20 years ago upwards of 30,000
applications for visas went unprocessed each day, while 200,000 U.S.
applications for passports went unprocessed, according to a report by the Congressional
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