From Normandy to Okinawa, Americans abroad feel the shutdown
“No one outside the U.S. is able to do check clearance. It’s an international problem, it’s not a problem only in Israel.” American banks are not processing for clearance any checks coming from outside the U.S. The Jerusalem money changer believes this is yet one more result of the American government shutdown, which is into its second day…Federal Reserve Banks will continue to process checks and provide a mechanism for checks and funds to move between banks. But, apparently, while lending institutions will not suffer, individuals attempting to use their services—at least outside the U.S.—are not nearly as fortunate.
However, the US government is still providing services in areas where it believes that it can cash in on its expats:
The State Department would continue processing foreign applications for visas and U.S. applications for passports, since fees are collected to finance those services.