Memphis Immigration Court

Memphis, Tennessee

Welcome to the Memphis Immigration Court!

The Memphis Immigration Court falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge which is a component of the Executive Office for Immigration Review under the Department of Justice.

Our court has made a commitment to provide access to information through the Internet in order to service the needs of the public.

Our goal is to provide the most current and accurate information available to those needing to appear before an Immigration Judge and to provide this information in a user-friendly fashion.

Please note: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) are separate organizations.

About the Court

Immigration Court
Brinkley Plaza
80 Monroe Ave, Suite 501
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone:  901-528-5883

Court Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Filing Window Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Court Personnel

Immigration Judges:
Richard J. Averwater
Rebecca L. Holt
Matthew W. Kaufman
Charles E. Pazar


Court Administrator:
J. Thomas Davis


Legal Assistants:
Janince Henderson
Fannie Smith
Tabitha Stacks
Donald Stiles


Visitor Information


Following are directions to the Immigration Court - Memphis, Tennessee. For your convenience, we have also provided a link to a free mapping service.

From Little Rock, Arkansas:

  • Take I-40 East to Memphis (approx.135 miles);
  • Take Exit 1 Riverside Drive/Front Street;
  • Follow sign to Front Street;
  • Merge onto Riverside Drive;
  • Turn left onto Monroe Avenue;
  • Brinkley Plaza will be on the left (approx.  .1 mile).


From Nashville, Tennessee:

  • Take I-40 West to Memphis (approx. 200 miles);
  • Take Exit 10B I-40 West;
  • Continue on I-40 West for approx.12 miles;
  • Take Exit 1E I-40 West to Little Rock, Arkansas;
  • Continue on I-40 West to Little Rock for approx. 2 miles;
  • Take Exit 1 Riverside Drive/Front Street;
  • Turn left onto Monroe Avenue;
  • Brinkley Plaza will be on the left (approx.  .1 mile).


From Southaven, Mississippi:

  • Take I-55 North to Memphis;
  • Follow I-55 North to Exit 12B Riverside Drive Straight Ahead sign;
  • Continue straight onto Riverside Drive;
  • Turn right onto Monroe Avenue;
  • Brinkley Plaza will be on the left (approx.  .1 mile).


From Memphis International Airport:

  • Follow the I-240 signs as you leave the airport;
  • Take the I-240 Exit (approx. 1.6 miles from the airport);
  • Follow the I-240 West/Little Rock/Downtown Exit (to your left);
  • Keep left to continue on I-55N;
  • Continue straight onto Riverside Drive;
  • Turn right onto Monroe Avenue;
  • Brinkley Plaza will be on the left (approx.  .1 mile).


Building Information

Please note: The Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building is not open to the public until 7:30 a.m.

Building Security Information
All visitors to the Clifford Davis Federal Building must be screened by the U.S. Marshall's Court Security Officers upon entering the building. The public must enter the building through one of two entrances: Front Street/Basement Entrance or Main Street/Pedestrian Mall Entrance. Photo identification required to enter the building.

  • Building Services Information
  • ATM Machine: East side of 1st floor/outside of the Federal Credit Union
  • Occupational Health Center, Room 133 (8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) floor
  • Snack Room: Basement level near the elevators


Transportation Information

Airport:   Memphis International Airport
2491 Winchester Road
Bus:   MATA - 901-274-6282
Greyhound Bus Service, 3033 Airways Blvd
(901) 395-8770
Taxis:   City Wide Cab Co. - 901-324-4202
Yellow Cab Co. - 901-577-7777
Train:   Amtrak Station - 545 S. Main Street
Trolley:   Main Street Trolley - 901-274-6282;
Operates along Main Street and along the Riverfront Loop seven days a week.


Parking Information

Public parking is available at the following locations (west of the Clifford Davis Federal Building):

  • Mud Island Parking: 125 N. Front Street
  • Standard Parking: Riverside Drive


Area Hotel Information

  • Marriott Courtyard Downtown:  75 Jefferson Ave; (901) 522-2200
  • Doubletree Hotel: 185 Union Avenue;  901-528-1800
  • Residence Inn Downtown: 110 Monroe Avenue;  901-578-3700
  • Springhill Suites By Marriott: 21 N. Main Street;  901-522-2100
  • Marriott Downtown: 250 N. Main Street;  901-527-7300
  • Hampton Inn and Suites: 175 Peabody Place;  901-260-4000
  • Holiday Inn Select Downtown: 160 Union Avenue;  901-525-5491
  • The Peabody Hotel: 149 Union Avenue;  901-529-4000
  • Madison Hotel: 76 Madison Avenue;  901-333-1200
  • Wyndham Garden Hotel: 300 N. Second Street;  901-525-1800
  • Sleep Inn at Court Square: 40 N. Front Street;  901-522-9700


Filing Documents


All submissions must conform to the Rules of Procedure for Immigration Judge Proceedings, published in title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations (8 CFR) as well as the provisions set forth in the Immigration Court Practice Manual. All filings must be presented or mailed to the court clerk for filing purposes. All documents should be directed to the court at the following address:

Immigration Court
Brinkley Plaza
80 Monroe Ave, Suite 501
Memphis, TN 38103

Do not leave documents to be filed on the reception counter. All submissions that are hand-delivered to the Court must be stamped received by the court or they will be returned to the parties as incomplete. All documents must be accompanied by a certificate of service, showing that the filing has been served on the opposing party.

The court will accept documents filed by mail or personal service (but not by fax) if they conform to the requirements of 8 CFR as well as the provisions set forth in the Immigration Court Practice Manual. Documents with associated fees must include a Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) fee receipt stamp, an affidavit of fee payment or a request for a fee waiver. THE IMMIGRATION COURT DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY FEES.

Biometric / Biographic Information
Certain applications, including the Application for Political Asylum (form I-589), the Application for Adjustment of Status (I-485), the Application for Suspension of Deportation (form EOIR-40) and the Application for Cancellation of Removal (form EOIR-42A/42B) require compliance with the CIS Biometrics and Biographic information instructions. An attorney from the Chief Counsel's office will serve the respondent a copy of the instruction sheet concerning biometric/biographic information at the respondent's immigration hearing when/if the respondent states their intent to file an application for relief.

General Information for the ICE and CIS:
National Service Center: 1-800-375-5283
Forms Information Line: 1-800-870-3676

In March of 2003, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was transferred from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security and divided into three separate agencies: the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS), the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

CIS: The CIS parallels the benefits element of the former INS. It is responsible for processing applications for relief such as Adjustment of Status, Asylum Applications, Citizenship/Naturalization, Fingerprinting, Green Cards, etc. As with the former INS, it is with this agency that any forms or fees should be filed or paid.

ICE: The ICE represents the enforcement side of the former INS, and includes the Office of the Chief Counsel. As with INS, any documents filed with the Immigration Court must now also be served on the Chief Counsel of the ICE. The former INS Deportation Unit is also located in the ICE, and is responsible for setting bonds, transporting, housing, and all other matters related to the processing of detained aliens.

CBP: The CBP mirrors the Border Patrol and Inspectors Unit of the former INS as well as Customs Inspectors and other components of the former Customs Service.

Note: Although the interaction between the Court and these agencies operates the same as it did with INS, the Immigration Court is an entirely separate agency from the aforementioned entities and belongs to a different department. Questions regarding any of the subjects mentioned above should be directed to the appropriate agency and not the Immigration Court, as the Immigration Court will only be able to answer questions regarding pending cases before the Immigration Court.

Attorney Appearances
In order for an attorney to appear as the Attorney of Record in a case, form EOIR-28 (Notice of Appearance as Attorney of Record) must be filed with the Immigration Court. A certificate of service, including a copy to the appropriate Chief Counsel, must accompany the EOIR-28, in conformance with the requirements of 8 CFR and the Immigration Court Practice Manual. Until an EOIR-28 is filed, an attorney will not receive notification from the Court regarding an immigration case.

If an attorney appears on behalf of another practitioner or if an attorney is substituting for another attorney from the same law firm, please refer to the information provided in the Immigration Court Practice Manual.

Detained Aliens and Requests for Bond Redetermination
Bond redetermination requests should be made to the Court in writing. The A number must be provided in order for a bond redetermination hearing to be scheduled. As much information as possible should be provided to the Court when filing a request for bond redetermination (place of custody, nationality, language requirements, special circumstances, etc.). Requests should be made as far in advance as possible. Bond redetermination hearings will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Foreign Language Documents
All documents that are in a language other than English must be accompanied by both an English language translation and a certificate signed by the translator. The certificate must include the following statement: "I, (name of translator), certify that I am competent to translate this document, and that the translation is true and accurate to the best of my abilities."

The Immigration Court may entertain motions only in cases in which it has jurisdiction. There is no official form for filing a motion before the Immigration Court. Motions must comply with all the requirements set forth in 8CFR and the Immigration Court Practice Manual. Motions must state with particularity the grounds on which the motion is based. In addition, motions must identify the relief or remedy sought by the filing party.

When multiple motions are filed, the motions should be accompanied by a cover letter listing the separate motions. In addition, each motion must include a cover page and comply with the deadlines and requirements for filing. Parties are strongly discouraged from filing compound motions which are motions that combine two separate requests.

For more information on specific types of motions, please refer to the Immigration Court Practice Manual.

A transcription of a hearing is made only when an appeal is filed. To review a Record of Proceeding (ROP), with or without transcript, please refer to the guidelines below.

Review of Record of Proceedings
Requests to review a record of proceeding (including any audio tape/digital audio recordings made in the case) must be made in writing. A request form is available in the Court waiting room. Upon receipt of the Court's request form or a written request the filing party will be informed as to when the Record of Proceedings/requested documents will be available. If the Record of Proceedings has to be retrieved from the Federal Records Center (FRC), the Court will receive the file in approximately one week.

  • Telephonic Appearances:
  • Requests for telephonic appearances must be made in writing and received by the court no later than two (2) days before the hearing date.
  • Your request must include the telephone number to be dialed for appearances on the day of the hearing.
  • If the Judge grants your request for a telephonic appearance, you must be available from the start time of the hearing until whenever the Judge calls you. The judge will call the telephone number provided on your E-28/written request.
  • Please do not call the Court on the day of your scheduled telephonic hearing to inquire when the Judge will be calling you. Except for emergencies the Court staff will not interrupt the Judge when court is in session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the address and phone number of the Memphis Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office?
     842 Virginia Run Cove
     Memphis, TN 38122
     (901) 544-3500

     842 Virginia Run Cove
     Memphis, TN 38122
     (901) 820-2540

Q: What is the address and phone number of the Memphis DHS Trial Litigation Unit?
A: Clifford Davis Federal Building
     167 N. Main Street
     Room 737A
     Memphis, TN 38103

Q: What is the EOIR toll free number for case status information?
A: 1-800-898-7180


Courtroom Etiquette

All portable telephones and pagers must be turned off prior to entering the courtroom.

The Immigration Judges in Memphis encourage all those appearing before them to familiarize themselves with the Immigration Court Practice Manual and to be prepared and ready to go forward with the case on the day of the hearing.


Please read our Privacy and Security Notice

Updated June 24, 2015