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In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all consultations will be conducted by phone or Skype until further notice. We are open and fully operational for servicing our clients, but our office will be closed to the public. Please contact the firm for more information at (386) 968-8880.

Government Covid-19 Florida Closures (3/18/20 Updates)

USCIS

“As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue 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.

USCIS domestic field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by this closure. USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date and location for the interview. When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule Application Support Center appointments due to the office closure. You will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. Individuals who had InfoPass or other appointments at the field office must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center, once field offices reopen to the public. Please check the USCIS Field Offices page to see if your field office has reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.”

Updated information available here.

EOIR (immigration court)

  • Miami: All non-detained hearings cancelled
  • Miami (Krome): All non-detained hearings cancelled
  • Orlando: All non-detained hearings cancelled

All filings will be accepted as usual at the above-indicated courts.

Updated information available here.

ICE/ERO

Jacksonville:

“For Non-Detained

Currently bonds and stays will be processed as normal. As always the officer overseeing the cases review them prior to reporting, having said that if it is determined that someone scheduled to report does not need to, the local office will advise the subject and or attorney of this and reschedule as needed. If an attorney or their client do not receive such notice, they should plan to report as scheduled. As each case is different and reviewed based on it’s own merit, there may be cases where reporting is still required.

For Detained

Attorney visit are still permitted, although non-contact visitation, in the attorney booths through the glass, is the preferred method.

Orlando:

ORL ND lobby closed to aliens reporting.

Bonds & Stays still accepted.

All cases expected to report will be rescheduled.

Per the Miami Field Office for ERO, which includes Florida and Puerto Rico:

1 Stay Applications will now be accepted by mail through 9-16-2020. Please read in full the instructions and guidance below.

2 TEMPORARILY, bonds will no longer be accepted at Krome or Tampa. Please read in full below.

3 REPORTING

For OSUP & ROR reporting at MIRAMAR, on a case by case basis, attorneys will be notified by phone if their client does not need to report. Individuals pro se will be called. If a reporting appointment is cancelled, but the person was not successfully notified, they may be turned away outside. Some persons, on a case by case basis, will have to report for security (case specific) reasons. However, the public can expect a dramatic reduction in reporting. Please stand by for updates.

4 STAYS:

ERO is willing to accept Stays of Removal mailed to the address where you would ordinarily file the stay in person. ERO wants to ensure stay packages are not being mailed to offices that ordinarily don’t accept stays.

“The correct offices would include: Miramar, Krome, Orlando, Jacksonville, Puerto Rico, and Tampa. There are a few conditions we have to ensure everyone is adhering to in order to make this work:

  • The acceptance of mail-in stays will begin immediately and continue through to September 16, 2020 (unless otherwise extended or revoked prior to 9/16/2020). The Field Office Director can revoke this at any time and require stays to be filed in person.
  • Only money orders or cashier’s checks will be accepted (no cash), made payable to “Department of Homeland Security” or “Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
  • It is incumbent on the person mailing the stay to account for the time it will take for the stay to arrive via mail. As always, a person who has a removal order is obligated to depart unless a stay is actually granted. The mere filing does not stay the removal.
  • f the stay packet is missing required documents, (i.e. items listed in Section 3 of the Stay Application) the stay will be rejected and returned to the sender without further consideration.
  • All other requirements listed on the instructions for Application for A Stay Of Deportation Or Removal, with the exception of the requirement to file in person, remain in effect.”

Mailing addresses for stays of removal:

Krome SPC

18201 SW 12th Street

Miami, FL 33194

 

Miramar

2805 SW 145th Avenue

Miramar, FL 33027

 

Orlando

9495 Delegates Drive

Orlando, FL 32837

 

Jacksonville

13077 Veveras Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32258

 

Tampa

5524 West Cypress Street

Tampa, FL 33607

 

Puerto Rico

7 Tabonuco Street, Suite 200

Guaynabo, PR 00968

 

Bond Acceptance

“Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, and until further notice, we will only be accepting bonds in our Miramar, Orlando, San Juan and Jacksonville offices. We are temporarily suspending the acceptance of bonds at Krome and Tampa. Generally, only the individual appearing to post the bond will be permitted to enter the building. Anyone accompanying such individual will be required to remain outside.”

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