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Immigration Law

COVID Surge Triggers Immigration Court Postponements

EOIR, Jan. 8, 2022

"On January 10, 2022, in response to the recent increase in both active cases and community transmission of COVID-19, EOIR postponed certain hearings. Generally, the case categories are as follows, but please continue reading for additional information.  

If you have questions or are uncertain whether your hearing has been postponed, please check the Automated Court Information System online or at 800-898-7180 (TDD: 800-828-1120) or call the immigration court handling your case. 

Postponed/Rescheduled 

Non-detained cases without a lawyer or other representative of record  

Proceeding as Scheduled 

Detained cases, including bond requests and custody redeterminations  

Non-detained cases with a lawyer or other representative of record 
Non-detained cases without a lawyer or other representative of record who wish to proceed 

Cases of individuals outside the U.S. who are enrolled in the Migrant Protection Protocols

Non-detained individuals without a lawyer or other representative of record should not appear for any hearing scheduled through January 31, 2022. While EOIR will mail notice to all parties affected by this postponement, some parties will not receive the mailed notice of postponement or rescheduling in advance of hearings scheduled before January 15, 2022.  

In order to continue operations, including the hearings that impact liberty interests of those respondents detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), EOIR’s highest priority cases will generally not be rescheduled. Further, EOIR will continue to hear cases of individuals who are outside of the United States awaiting a hearing as enrollees in DHS’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). 

Certain categories of cases will not be postponed.  For individuals who are detained by DHS, cases will proceed as scheduled and be held by phone or online. Further, individuals who are not detained by DHS and have a lawyer or other representative of record, cases will be held by phone or online. For those individuals outside of the United States who are awaiting a hearing as enrollees in DHS’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), cases will proceed as scheduled and will be held in person. For those individuals whose cases will proceed, the Notice of Hearing remains the best information regarding date and time of the hearing. 

EOIR will update this page and continue to provide the public with notice of any necessary additional postponements."