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Government Covid-19 Florida Responses (3/19/20 Updates)

Information received courtesy AILA South Florida Chapter liaisons:

South Florida Agency Updates/Closures

  1. EOIR – Immigration Court
    1. Non-Detained
      1. As of March 18, 2020, all hearings (Master and Individual) through April 10, 2020 will be rescheduled.
      2. Miami Immigration Court open for filings.
  1. Detained
    1. As of March 18, 2020, business as usual. See EOIR South Florida Practice Advisory for suggestions regarding appearances and release/bond requests.

Please also save this link for updates on EOIR closures:

https://www.justice.gov/eoir/eoir-operational-status-during-coronavirus-pandemic

  1. ICE
    1. Miramar Check-ins
      1. Reschedule contact info:ICE-ERO-MIA-MMO-ScheduleAppt-SMB@ice.dhs.gov, or call 954 843 5800
      2. 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.
  1. Orlando Check-ins
    1. Lobby will be closed to applicants reporting. All cases expected to report will be rescheduled. ERO will exercise liberal discretion with case management during this time.
  1. Stays
    1. As of March 18, 2020, I-246s will now be accepted by mail through September 16, 2020 to the address where you would ordinarily file the stay in-person (please confirm these addresses before sending, for any changes):
      1. Krome SPC: 18201 SW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33194
      2. Miramar: 2805 SW 145 Ave., Miramar, FL 33027
      3. Orlando: 9495 Delegates Drive, Orlando, FL 32837
      4. Jacksonville: 13077 Ververas, Jacksonville, FL 32258
      5. Tampa: 5524 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607
      6. Puerto Rico: 7 Tabonuco Street, Suite 200, Guaynabo, PR 00968
  1. Bonds
    1. As of March 18, 2020, ERO will only be accepting bonds at the Miramar, Orlando, San Juan and Jacksonville offices.
    2. 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.
  1. Facilities
    1. Detention centers under the Miami Field Office throughout Florida (including Glades & Monroe, Baker etc.) are now closed to personal visits: no family or friends' visits. However, legal visitation continues. ERO recommends, but does not require, non-contact visits between attorneys and clients.
    2. BTC has a skype option for attorneys who do not want to do contact visits.
  1. USCIS/Asylum/ASC
  1. As of March 18, 2020, USCIS has suspended all routine in-person services at field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) until at least April 1, 2020.

This chart is directly from USCIS for possible scenarios:

If you were scheduled for …

Then…

An InfoPass appointment

You must wait until your field office reopens to reschedule your appointment. To reschedule please call the USCIS Contact Center.

A naturalization or Green Card interview

You don’t need to do anything. USCIS 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. USCIS will mail you a new appointment notice when normal operations resume.

A naturalization oath ceremony

You don’t need to do anything. USCIS 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.

  1. CBP
    1. As of March 16, 2020, the Miami/Tampa CBP Field Office is awaiting direction from CBP Headquarters in regards to requests for Satisfactory Departure for persons in the US under the Visa Waiver Program who are unable to depart the United States due to COVID-19. To be updated as soon as we have news.
  1. US District Courts
    1. 03/13/20 ORDER RE: Coronavirus Public Emergency
      1. The US courthouses in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, WPB, Ft. Pierce, and Key West, including Bankruptcy Court and Probation, will remain open for business, subject to the following limitations:
        1. Effective immediately, all jury trials in the Southern District of Florida scheduled to begin on or after March 16, 2020 until March 30, 2020 are continued pending further order of the Court.
        2. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before March 30, 2020, are continued pending further order of the Court. Individual judges may continue trial-specific deadlines in civil cases in the exercise of their discretion.
        3. Per Administrative Order, Judges are strongly encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conferencing where practicable.
        4. Criminal Matters before Magistrate Judges, such as initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings, and the issuance of search warrants, shall continue to take place in the ordinary course.
        5. Grand juries shall continue to meet pending further order of the Court.
        6. The Clerk's Office, Probation, the Bankruptcy Court, and all other Court services shall remain open pending further order of the court.
  1. 11 Circuit US Circuit Court of Appeals
    1. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals remains open (with a skeleton crew) and is accepting electronic and paper filings in compliance with the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure which require paper copies to be delivered to the COA. The COA is also able to issue extensions by phone upon request and up to 28 day extensions by phone for the filing of Appendices on briefs already filed.
  1. US Supreme Court
    1. Arguments postponed through April 1, 2020.
  1. Florida State Courts
    1. Public access to court facilities is permitted for First Appearances, Baker Act and Substance Abuse (Marchman Act) proceedings, Juvenile Shelter and Detention proceedings, and emergency proceedings noticed by the presiding judge.
    2. Except for the prior listed proceedings, no public access will be allowed at any of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s courthouses beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27, 2020.
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