ORDER GRANTING TEMPORARY STAY OF REMOVAL AND DIRECTING SERVICE
MARSHA J. PECHMAN, District Judge.
Petitioner Bangally Fatty is a native and citizen of Gambia who is currently detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") at the Northwest Detention Center. On October 13, 2017, petitioner, proceeding through counsel, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, together with an emergency motion for stay of removal. Dkts. 1, 2. Petitioner, by way of the instant habeas action, seeks to preserve his right to an adjudication of his T (trafficking victim) visa application. He also challenges ICE's recent refusal to accept and consider his I-246 request for stay of removal. Petitioner asserts that he requires a stay of removal because physical presence in the United States is an eligibility requirement for a T visa.
The Court, having reviewed petitioner's submissions, hereby ORDERS as follows:
(1) In light of the immediacy of the harm to petitioner before an opportunity for review of the case on the merits takes place, petitioner's removal is temporarily STAYED pending briefing and a resolution of petitioner's motion for stay. The Court expresses no views at this time as to the merits of petitioner's habeas petition or motion for stay.
(2) If not previously accomplished, electronic posting of this Order and petitioner's § 2241 habeas petition shall effect service upon the United States Attorney of the petition and of all related and supporting documents. Service upon the United States Attorney is deemed to be service upon the named respondents.
(4) The return will be treated in accordance with Local Rule LCR 7. Accordingly, on the face of the return, respondents shall note it for consideration on the fourth Friday after it is filed, and the Clerk shall note the return accordingly. Petitioner may file and serve a response not later than the Monday immediately preceding the Friday appointed for consideration of the matter, and respondents may file and serve a reply brief not later than the Friday designated for consideration of the matter.
(5) The Clerk shall send copies of this Order to counsel for petitioner and to the Honorable Brian A. Tsuchida.