Govt shutdown: Singaporeans in US also affected

Govt shutdown: Singaporeans in US also affected
A stop sign is seen at dusk next to the US Congress building on the eve of a possible government shutdown.

UNITED STATES - Singaporeans working, studying or travelling in the United States faced disruptions as the federal shutdown entered the fourth day.

Mr Edwin Ho, 27, who is studying for a master's degree in film studies at Columbia University in New York, told The Straits Times that he has been unable to apply for a social security number due to the shutdown.

"Because of this, I cannot start my job as a multimedia associate on campus," he said.

Mr Ho added that the university did not seem to have any protocols to assist affected students.

Ms Christina Ng, 24, who does business development at a Silicon Valley start-up, is facing visa woes. She had applied to convert her H1B1 work visa to H1B. Both are visas for professionals, but the latter allows for longer stays.

"But it's no big deal; life still goes on," she said.

Singapore travellers, too, have been taking the disruptions in their stride.

Due to the shutdown, key US attractions such as Yosemite National Park in California, the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC have been closed.

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