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How the COVID-19 Changes Affect Your Immigration Case

At Green | Evans-Schroeder we are committed to providing our clients with accurate information that will help them to make the best possible immigration decisions. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the immigration agencies and courts.  We will provide periodic updates as necessary. If you have any questions regarding your immigration case and how it will be affected, please call (520) 882-8852 and speak with one of our team members.

IMMIGRATION COURT UPDATES

  • ALL NON-DETAINED removal hearings are postponed scheduled until May 1, 2020 are POSTPONED. If you are not detained, and have an immigration hearing scheduled ON or BEFORE May 1, 2020, your hearing has been postponed, and you or your attorney will receive notice of a rescheduled date in the future. 
    • Even though NON-DETAINED hearings are postponed, the FILING DEADLINES set by the Court are STILL IN EFFECT. You must file applications, documents, briefs and motions in a timely fashion or they may be rejected by the Court.
  • SOME DETAINED removal hearings are postponed, and SOME ARE NOT. There are two primary sources of up-to-date information about the status of detained immigration courts:

IMMIGRATION BOND UPDATES

  • If your loved one is detained, please be aware that both Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Immigration Court are changing their policies on a near-daily basis. Some courts are continuing to hold bond hearings, while some courts appear to be rescheduling bond hearings to later dates.   Individuals in ICE custody are at a higher-than-normal risk of exposure to COVID-19, but confirmed cases of COVID-19 appear to be disrupting normal Immigration Court operations, including the holding of bond hearings.

If you are in immigration court proceedings, or have a loved one who is detained, contact GREEN | EVANS-SCHROEDER at (520) 882-8852 for up-to-date information regarding both removal and bond hearings.  Our firm is at the forefront in the fight to ensure that our non-citizen clients receive a fair process during this challenging and unpredictable time.

IMMIGRATION APPEAL DEADLINES

With some limited exceptions, ALL Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and Circuit Court Appeal deadlines STILL APPLY

If you have an appeal pending, or are considering filing an appeal of an immigration judge or BIA decision, contact GREEN EVANS-SCHROEDER immediately  at (520) 882-8852 for assistance with your appeal.  Our attorneys have up-to-date information about the status of the appellate courts, and can assist you with your appeal.

ASYLUM SEEKERS AT THE BORDER

The Department of Justice has ordered the postponement of ALL Migrant Protection Protocol (“MPP”) hearings for individuals waiting in Mexico for their asylum hearings, through May 1, 2020

Any individual with an MPP hearing date scheduled ON OR BEFORE May 1, 2020 MUST report to the designated port of entry, on the day they were scheduled, to receive information related to their rescheduled hearing date.  To fail to report may risk abandoning your asylum case.

IN PERSON APPOINTMENTS AT U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS)

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended routine in-person services to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS plans to begin reopening their offices on May 4, unless the public closures are extended further. USCIS staff are continuing to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center.

If you were scheduled for…

Then…

A naturalization, Green Card, or other interview at a field office

You don't need to do anything. CIS will mail you a new interview notice when normal operations resume.

A biometrics appointment at an Application Support Center

You don't need to do anything. CIS will mail you a notice with further instructions.

An asylum interview

You don't need to do anything. CIS will mail you a new interview notice when normal operations resume.

A naturalization oath ceremony

You don't need to do anything. CIS will mail you a new oath ceremony notice when normal operations resume.

An emergency service such as advance parole

You need to call the USCIS Contact Center for immediate rescheduling: https://uscis.gov/contactcenter

An appointment at a field office for something other than an interview or ceremony

Check https://uscis.gov/closings to learn when your field office will reopen. Then, call the USCIS Contact Center to reschedule your appointment: https://uscis.gov/contactcenter

 

GREEN | EVANS-SCHROEDER is ready to assist you with your USCIS applications and questions.  Call (520) 882-8852 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced immigration attorneys, who can help guide you through the process.

US DEPARTMENT OF STATES – BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS

  • The Department of State is suspending routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services. Our overseas missions will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. 
  • Services to U.S. citizens continue to be available. More information is available on each Embassy's website.
  • Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the Embassy's website to request an emergency appointment. Examples of an urgent matter include air and sea crew, and medical personnel, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

Our team of experienced attorneys is ready to assist you with your consular matter.  Call GREEN | EVANS-SCHROEDER at (520) 882-8852 for a consultation with an attorney who can answer your questions and assist you in taking the next steps towards immigrating yourself or a loved one.

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