COVID - IMMIGRATION

 

Hearings

All hearings in Baltimore City Immigration Court for NON-DETAINED immigrants have been temporarily put on hold through July 10, 2020, due to the COVID emergency.  This means there will be no hearings for non-detained individuals until July 13, 2020. This date might change again.  Please check this website before you go to court for your hearing.

Baltimore Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) has implemented a new reporting procedure. The report / check in individual will still come to the Fallon Building in Baltimore as usual. In the lobby the report / check in individuals will be given an ERO form to fill out and sign. Upon completing the form with signature, the report / check in individual will placed the form into a designated box in the lobby. Once they placed the completed form in the designated box, they are free to leave. By filling out and signing the form it will constitute a report / check in with ERO. The form will be reviewed by a Deportation Officer for any discrepancies and/or errors. The Deportation Office will contact the report / check in individuals if discrepancies and/or errors are found.

 

What does this new procedure mean to individuals who are subject to report / check in with Baltimore Enforcement Removal Operations?  All individuals with future scheduled report / check in date will report as schedule. Individuals who report / check ins were cancelled because of our closure and has not been rescheduled can report at their leisure.

 

Baltimore ERO has instituted this new procedure ensure the safety and health of the individuals reporting  / checking in.

 

All Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings between now and June 19, 2020 will be rescheduled. However, you will not be sent the notice of the rescheduling. If you have a hearing date from now until June 22, 2020 you have to go to the port of entry one month after the date you were scheduled to have a hearing (ex. if your date was April 15, you have to go on May 15) and get a tear sheet and hearing notice containing the new hearing dates. 

The Maryland Judiciary issued an Administrative Order on April 14, 2020 that specifically listed "time urgent matters related to Special Juvenile Immigrant Status" as an emergency matter that can be considered during the emergency period. Administrative judges or designees will need to review these types of emergency matters, determine whether they must be heard in person, or if they should be heard remotely, or if they can be scheduled after the emergency period has ended, or if they can be resolved without a hearing.

Filings

​There has not been clear guidance on filing deadlines.  They seem to still be in effect, so you should aim to meet filing deadlines. You are able to file court documents in these ways:

  • Via Email (50 page limit and only email if you are three months in advance at Baltimore.Immigration.Court@usdoj.gov). Please note that the email will generate an autoresponse confirmation for filings, and the only additional communications you will receive are rejection notices. No additional confirmations will be generated at this time so you should hold onto the autoresponses and the emails in your sent boxes.

  • Mail

  • Electronically

Current Mailing Address

You must make sure the immigration court has your correct, current mailing address. If not, the court will send your hearing date notice to the wrong address.  If you do not go to the hearing even one time, the judge can order you to be deported even if you do not go to your hearing. You will lose the right to any defenses.  Here is how you can send the immigration court your correct mailing address. 

You may want to file this change of address notice both electronically and by mail. Make sure you make and keep a copy of what you mail to the court and keep track of the electronic filing.

You can obtain the change of address form at this website

Links to Important Websites for your Immigration Case

Here are important links to check on about the status of your immigration case during this emergency period:

 

 

NOTE:  There have been reports that there is a lag in both the website and phones being updated immediately.

NOTE:  Both the website and phone number are prone to crash if too many people are calling, so the best time to check is either early morning or late at night.  The phone number offers information in English and Spanish.

 

 

Helpful Immigration Links

 

CASA COVID Resources (in Spanish)

Helpful Immigration Tips & Tools

How to SCAN documents from your iphone:

1) Look for the app Notes and select new Note

2) Look for the camera icon and click 

3) Choose Scan documents

4) Scan the document 

5) Select Keep Scan 

6) Select Save

7) Select Done

8) Go back to Notes and you should be able to see the last doc scanned. 

9) Click on download icon (It is on the right corner of the screen)

10) Choose the best option to send your scan. You should be able to see different apps. 

11) If you choose outlook, the scan will be attached to the new email. 

 

In Spanish: 

 

1- Abre el app que dice "Notas" en tu iphone y selecciona crear nota nueva. 

2- Click en el icono que dice camara y abrelo

3- Selecciona escanear documentos

4- Escanea tu documento

5- Click on guardar scan

6- Clik on guardar archivo

7- Vuelve a la aplicacion de Notas principal y selecciona la ultima imagen que has escaneado recientemente

8- Selecciona el icono de cargar documentos situado en la esquina de la derecha del todo de la pantalla

9- Elige la mejor opcion para mandar tu documento y deberas poder ver diferentes opciones

10- Selecciona tu correo eletronico y el scan que has realizado sera adjuntado automaticamente a el nuevo email que quieres mandar

How to take Passport Photos from home: https://www.ivisa.com/photos 

Immigration Legal Service Providers

If you need advice of an attorney, these organizations are still providing legal services on a remote basis. 

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC)

Immigration Legal Assistance

Multilingual Legal Helpline 202-393-3572, Chinese ext. 18, South Asian ext. 19, Vietnamese ext. 20, Korean ext. 21, English ext. 22

Currently providing legal advice and brief services on immigration matters

Ayuda

Immigration Legal Services

Currently accepting consultations for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

240-594-0600

CASA

Immigration Legal Services

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

301-431-4185

Human Rights First

Asylum Legal Services

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

202-547-5692

Pro Bono Resource Center
Homeowners at risk of tax sale: 443-703-3052
Immigrants in removal proceedings: 443-703-3054
Tenants with rent court cases pending in Baltimore City District Court: 443-703-3049

Consumers with pending cases in Baltimore City District Court or Prince George’s County District Court: 

443-703-3049

Tahirih Justice Center – Baltimore

Immigration Legal Services

Tuesday: 10am-2pm

410-999-1900

Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc. MEDOVI Project

Staff is working remotely

Free and low cost immigration legal services for Maryland residents (with some exceptions) who have experienced domestic violence, human sex trafficking or sexual assault)

410-396-3294 – leave a message

sbailey@wlcmd.org  efernandez@wlcmd.org

 

Servicios de Immigracion 

Centro de Derecho de las Mujeres de Maryland- MEDOVI (Proyecto Multietnico de Violencia Domestica)

Nuestros servicios siguen activos de manera remota

Servicios de immigracion gratuitos y de bajo coste para residentes de Maryland (con algunas excepciones) que hayan experimentado violencia domestica, trafico sexual o agresion sexual)

410-396-3294- Deja un mensaje

sbailey@wlcmd.org efernandez@wlcmd.org

  

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