There’s a lot of uncertainty going on in the immigration courts right now. That’s, in large part, due to the DOJ and EOIR not closing all the courts to protect everyone involved. Some courts, including Los Angeles at 606 Olive St., San Francisco, New York, and several other courts around the country, are closed for all types of cases. Unfortunately, most courts are still open for detained cases. The DOJ and EOIR maintains a list of courts that are still open for detained cases and courts that are closed for all cases. This list can be found here.
For everyone else who are not detained and have a date in the next month in immigration court, your case was most likely postponed. EOIR has a phone number that the public can call to find out the status and date of their next hearing date. That number is: 800-898-7180. Follow the menu options to get to the court date, time, and address.
Currently, EOIR has postponed all non-detained hearings through April 10. Meaning, that non-detained hearings will go forward on April 13. Unfortunately, some states and cities have stay-at-home orders that extend beyond the open date. How this will affect the immigration courts is uncertain. Court is listed as an essential service (for example, see Los Angeles’s safer-at-home order page: https://corona-virus.la/faq.) Attorneys are essential if their clients have to go to court, so don’t worry about not having an attorney when you do go to court. However, many firms laid off all their employees, including their attorneys.
Making matters worse is the fact that courts are still accepting filings. With law firms laying off their attorneys and staff, filing deadlines will be missed. If you currently have an attorney or law firm, you should call them immediately. If you don’t receive a response, assume they are closed because of the stay-at-home order.
Klein Immigration is not closed. We work remotely and can represent you in the Los Angeles area or telephonically throughout the United States, if needed.
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