Immigration Courts Remained Closed to Non-Detained Hearings - Cannot Reopen Until At Least January 4th
For most of the pandemic, the Executive Office for Immigration Review has been extending the closure of most non-detained immigration courts for the purpose of conducting hearings (they've remained open to accept filings) each Monday. Every Monday, we get another e-mail extending the closure for one more week.
This week the tradition continues, but they went ahead and just cancelled all non-detained hearings through the end of December. This means the earliest most immigration courts can resume hearings in non-detained matters is January 4, 2021.
This announcement only applies to non-detained immigration courts that had not resumed hearings in non-detained matters. To our knowledge, this includes Memphis and Kansas City. There are some immigration courts that have resumed non-detained hearings and this announcement does not apply to them. It also does not apply to detained hearings.
Anyone with any questions can consult EOIR's automated case information page, the immigration court managing the case, by calling the EOIR hotline at 1-800-898-7180, or by speaking with an immigration attorney.
When hearings will resume is anyone's guess. We'll continue to update information as we receive it.