All of the Immigration Courts are closed through July 3, 2020 (except for a few exceptions dealing with detained individuals and hearings in Hawaii). Cases that were scheduled during the Courts’ shutdown will be rescheduled. Likely, your attorney will be notified of rescheduled dates and deadlines. It is essential that you keep in contact with your attorney and provide him/her with your most up-to-date contact information. Although the Immigration Courts will reopen on July 6, 2020, a limited number of cases/types of hearings will be heard. Many hearings will continue to be rescheduled.
As for USCIS filings related to U-Visa or family petitions, those filings are processing slowly. Expect that these petitions will take considerably more time than initially planned. Any interview with USCIS will be rescheduled after the COVID-19 shut down is completed.
Unfortunately, the result of this worldwide pandemic is significant delays in processing all immigration-related matters. Stay healthy and hopeful!
This post was updated to reflect new information on June 30, 2020.
Written by Attorney Raymond E. Schrank II