Why Could ’90 Day Fiancé’ Stop Filming Because of the Government Shutdown?

Jonathan Rivera and Fernanda Flores

Jonathan Rivera and Fernanda Flores | Jonathan Rivera via Instagram

Continued casualties of the government shutdown continue to mount, this time hitting reality television. On Twitter, Jax Taylor from Vanderpump Rules sounded the alarm, posting an image of one of his favorite shows, 90 Day Fiancé. “Okay now I am pissed, all this Trump crap is shutting down one of our favorite shows. This is hitting a nerve Donald.”

Producers of 90 Day Fiancé report on the heels of a highly successful sixth season, filming season seven may be tough as long as the shutdown continues, Page Six reports. The show’s premise surrounds American citizens dating foreigners who come to the country by a K-1 visa. Visas usually allow the person to remain in the country for 90 days. At the end of the three months, the couples decide whether (or not) to marry.

The show is trying to move forward

A source close to the show told Page Six, producers are still trying to move forward with production. “The casting process is going on right now. In a sense, it’s holding up production, because without a locked-down cast, we can’t film,” according to the source

“The stories are contingent on a good cast, so it’s harder to find available couples because it’s following people who have already been approved,” the source continued. “The wait is longer.”

Fan have mixed reactions

Larissa Dos Santos Lima

Larissa Dos Santos Lima in 90 Day Fiancé | TLC

Some Twitter fans reacted as strongly as Taylor. “NO!!!! NOT 90 DAY FIANCE!!!!!” one person tweeted. Another person wrote, “I CAN DEAL WITH MY FAFSA BEING DELAYED BUT NOT 90 DAY FIANCÉ !!!!!” Others offered Taylor an alternative to the show. “Have you watched love after lockup?!? Even better!”

Some of Taylor’s followers pointed out that halting the series is the least of the country’s problems. “How big of you, imagine the 800,000 Federal workers who have missed 2 paychecks feel.” Of course, several comments got political too.

What is the holdup?

An immigration attorney told E News visas go through the Department of State. The Department of Homeland Security processes visas for a fee. “When the people abroad try and come into the United States, they will have a bit of a difficulty coming into the United States with the visa,” Edward Shulman, an immigration attorney said.

Maybe a glimmer of hope for the series?

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When People investigated the challenge, the publication was directed to a notice on the State Department’s website. The site offers a statement that was issued when the government shutdown first began. “At this time, scheduled passport and visa services in the United States and at our U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits,” the statement asserts.

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