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Updated: 10/21/2013 01:19:00AM

Gov allows temp workers more time to extend visas

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By The Associated Press

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is giving a break to temporary workers due to the federal government shutdown.

Temporary farm, construction and other low-wage workers in Florida and around the country will get more time to request a visa extension, if they can show the primary reason for their delay in making the request was because of the three-week shutdown. High tech and other temporary workers can make the same claim for extending their visa.

USCIS is a fee-based agency, so it continued to operate during the shutdown. But it relies on some data from the Department of Labor and other government agencies that were closed to process visa petitions and run other programs.

The government’s work eligibility program for employers known as e-Verify was also affected.

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