Update on Immigration Agency Closures due to COVID-19

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2020 | Firm News |

Below are some quick updates about immigration agency closures due to COVID-19. Please note that these dates may be extended. It’s important to keep up to date by following each agency’s website or Twitter updates. Immigration attorneys will sometimes have information earlier than the general public due to liaison relationships with local agency offices.


USCIS has closed its offices to in-person services until April 7 at the earliest. All routine interviews, biometrics appointments, naturalization swearing-in ceremonies, and other in-person services will be postponed until further notice. USCIS will be sending out notifications with the new appointment dates as soon as possible.

USCIS service centers continue to process applications.


Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

All non-detained hearings in immigration court have been postponed until April 10. Attorneys and the National Association of Immigration Judges are putting pressure on the Executive Office for Immigration Review to postpone all hearings for the safety of respondents, attorneys, and court staff.

All Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) hearings until April 22 will be postponed.



All ICE/ISAP check-in appointments in San Francisco are postponed until further notice.

ICE will focus on enforcement only of those who are a “public safety risk” or those subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds. Enforcement will be delayed against those who fall outside those categories.