Although Congress continues to discuss the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, if an agreement is not reached or continuing resolution passed, the Department of Labor (DOL) will experience a shut down as of October 1, 2015. Should this happen, both the iCERT and PERM online filing systems will not accept applications and users will no longer have access to the system.  This shutdown will impact immigration cases including: E-3, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, and PERM applications. In addition, the DOL will not be able to receive or review any filings received by mail. Employers are urged to review their upcoming expiration dates and deadlines to ensure they submit all necessary applications and responses on or before September 30, 2015.