THE US Government has begun a partial shutdown after the two houses of Congress failed to agree on a new budget.
However, the lapse in funding will not affect consular services provided by the US Embassy in Suva.
A statement from the embassy stated the US Congress did not pass legislation enabling funding of US Government operations by September 30 in Washington DC.
"The lapse in funding will not affect consular services provided by the US Embassy in Suva but some embassy activities will be limited," it states.
"The embassy will maintain normal business hours and continue regular consular operations (American citizen services, tourist and visas)."
BBC reported the Republican-led House of Representatives insisted on delaying President Barack Obama's healthcare reform — dubbed Obamacare — as a condition for passing a bill.
More than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave with no guarantee of back pay once the deadlock is over.
It is the first shutdown in 17 years and the dollar fell early on Tuesday. The US Government has not undergone a shutdown since 1995-96, when services were suspended for a record 21 days. Yesterday, Mr Obama blamed the House of Representatives for the stalemate and said he would "keep working to get Congress to reopen the government and restart vital services".
Who is affected?
* 700,000 government employees will be sent home without pay with 400,000 civilian defence staff members among them;
* Department of Education staff members will be severely hit;
* Skeleton staff members to remain at Department of Energy to oversea nuclear arsenal;
* National parks, including the Statue of Liberty and Alcatraz will close;
* Washington's Smithsonian Institution, including 19 galleries and the National Zoo will close;
* Passport offices in the US will shutdown and visa applications will go unprocessed overseas; and
* In Washington, libraries will be closed; parking tickets will not be issued.