EOIR Shutdown Information

Immigration courts nationwide are continuing to adjudicate detained cases. Court functions that support the detained caseload will continue, but other functions are suspended. For specific information about a particular court, please see below.

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. The BIA Clerk’s Office staff is accepting all filings and will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

During the government shutdown, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer will maintain its ability to issue subpoenas and accept for filing any complaints that must be filed to comply with statutory deadlines.

Immigration Court Filings During the Lapse in Government Funding

During the lapse in government funding, the operating status of each immigration court is categorized in one of three ways. These statuses are: “Open,” “Open to hear detained cases only,” and “Closed.” Please see the chart below for the listing of immigration courts and the operating status of each court.

There are several types of deadlines for filings before an immigration court. Some exist in statutes and regulations, and others are contained in Section 3.1 of the Immigration Court Practice Manual. Furthermore, an immigration judge may set specific deadlines in a given case, whether the respondent is detained or not.

As a general matter, 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. Deadlines relating to cases before courts designated as “Open” are effective even during the lapse in funding as the adjudication of these cases moves forward.

A second group of courts, which hear both detained and non-detained cases, are referred to as “Open to hear detained cases only.” 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. In addition, motions for extension of filings deadlines pursuant to section 3.1(c)(iv) of the Immigration Court Practice Manual will be accepted for non-detained cases, but decisions on such motions might not occur until the government receives funding for Fiscal Year 2014.

For non-detained cases pending before court locations that are designated as “Closed,” filings currently are not being accepted at the window and no court staff is processing mail. Decisions on how non-detained cases will be rescheduled and how filings related to those cases will be considered will be made once the government reopens. If motions for extension of filings deadlines pursuant to section 3.1(c)(iv) of the Immigration Court Practice Manual are submitted by mail, decisions on such motions will not occur until the government receives funding for Fiscal Year 2014.


Immigration Courts are listed alphabetically first by state, then by city within that state.




Arizona
Court Status
Eloy Open
Florence Open
Phoenix Closed
Tucson Closed


California
Court Status
Adelanto Open
East Mesa Open
El Centro Open
Imperial Open to hear detained cases only
Los Angeles Open to hear detained cases only
San Diego Open to hear detained cases only
San Francisco Open to hear detained cases only


Colorado
Court Status
Denver Open to hear detained cases only


Connecticut
Court Status
Hartford Closed


Florida
Court Status
Miami Open to hear detained cases only
Miami Krome (Detained) Open
Orlando Open to hear detained cases only


Georgia
Court Status
Atlanta Open to hear detained cases only
Stewart Open


Hawaii
Court Status
Honolulu Closed


Illinois
Court Status
Chicago Open to hear detained cases only
Chicago Detained Open


Louisiana
Court Status
New Orleans Closed
Oakdale Open


Maryland
Court Status
Baltimore Open to hear detained cases only


Massachusetts
Court Status
Boston Open to hear detained cases only


Michigan
Court Status
Detroit Open to hear detained cases only


Minnesota
Court Status
Bloomington Open to hear detained cases only


Missouri
Court Status
Kansas City Open to hear detained cases only


Nebraska
Court Status
Omaha Open to hear detained cases only


Nevada
Court Status
Las Vegas Open to hear detained cases only


New Jersey
Court Status
Elizabeth Open
Newark Open to hear detained cases only


New York
Court Status
Batavia Open
Buffalo Closed
Fishkill Open
New York City Closed
Ulster Open
Varick Street Open


North Carolina
Court Status
Charlotte Closed


Northern Mariana Islands
Court Status
Saipan Closed


Ohio
Court Status
Cleveland Open to hear detained cases only


Oregon
Court Status
Portland Closed


Pennsylvania
Court Status
Philadelphia Closed
York Open


Puerto Rico
Court Status
Guaynabo
(San Juan)
Closed


Tennessee
Court Status
Memphis Closed


Texas
Court Status
Dallas Open to hear detained cases only
El Paso Open to hear detained cases only
El Paso SPC Open
Harlingen Open to hear detained cases only
Houston Open to hear detained cases only
Houston SPC Open
Pearsall Open
Port Isabel Open
San Antonio Open to hear detained cases only


Utah
Court Status
Salt Lake City Open to hear detained cases only


Virginia
Court Status
Arlington Open to hear detained cases only
Headquarters Closed


Washington
Court Status
Seattle Closed
Tacoma Open

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