Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has issued a statement about how the government shutdown is affecting cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and immigration courts. As highlighted below, the BIA and immigration courts will continue to hear some cases (mainly detained cases).
* The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is processing emergency stay requests as well as cases where the alien is detained, including case appeals, motions, federal court remands, and bonds. The stay line is open (for emergency stay calls only), but all other telephone lines have been switched to closed status.
* Immigration courts that have a docket consisting primarily of detained cases are designated as “Open” and are accepting filings at the window and by mail.
* Immigration courts that hear both detained and non-detained cases are referred to as “Open to hear detained cases only” and will thus hear only detained cases. Deadlines relating to detained cases before these courts are effective during the lapse in funding, and filings related to such cases are being accepted at the window and by mail. Filings relating to non-detained cases at
these courts also will be accepted at the filing window or by mail and date-stamped, but will not be processed further during the lapse in funding.
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