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Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

IMMIGRATION COURT
Atlanta, Georgia


URGENT:  Please ensure that Suite 241 is utilized for all mailings to the Atlanta Immigration Court's address below:

U.S. Immigration Court
180 Spring Street, SW, Suite 241
Atlanta, GA 30303


Welcome to the Atlanta Immigration Court!

The Atlanta 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

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was established as an independent agency in 1983. Its multifaceted role includes responsibility for interpreting immigration laws in administrative hearings, and appellate review hearings of a variety of immigration issues. The Atlanta, Georgia, Immigration Court falls under the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is a component of EOIR under the Department of Justice.

U.S. Immigration Court
180 Spring Street, SW, Suite 241
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone:  404-331-0907

EOIR toll-free:  1-800-898-7180
DHS toll-free:  1-800-375-5283

Immigration Judges:
William A. Cassidy
Madeline Garcia
Wayne K. Houser, Jr.
J. Dan Pelletier, Sr.
Earle B. Wilson

Court Administrator:
Cynthia Long

Staff:
Andre Allen
Stacia Best
Candice Collins
Marion Crosby
Maurice Crossley
Stephanie Levindofske
Britney Luckey
Betsy Schuster
Charles Swartz



Visitor Information

The Atlanta Immigration Court is located at:
180 Spring Street, SW, Suite 241
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Court Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Intake Window/Document Filing Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Inclement Weather

For hours of operation during inclement weather, call the Atlanta Federal Executive Board at 404-331-4400

 
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Contact Us

Leadership
Juan P. Osuna
Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review
 
Contact
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
703-305-0289
 
Case Status
 
Case Information System
240-314-1500 or 1-800-898-7180
Case status information available 24/7
 
BIA Clerk's Office
 
Filing Information
703-605-1007
 
Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer
 
Filing Information for Employer Sanctions and Anti-discrimination Cases
703-305-0864
 
Office of the General Counsel
 
Attorney Discipline Program/
Fraud Program
703-305-0470
 
Records
 
FOIA Service Center
703-605-1297
 

Local Rules

The Immigration Judges in Atlanta 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.

Hearings

The Immigration Judges are responsible for conducting formal court proceedings and act independently in their decision-making capacity. Immigration Judge decisions are administratively final, unless appealed or certified to the Board of the Immigration Appeals.

Master Calendar hearings are generally held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting at 8:30 a.m.

NOTE: The Immigration Court is not part of the Department of Homeland Security.

If you need to discuss a case with a representative of the Department of Homeland Security, you may contact the DHS-Atlanta by clicking here.


Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Addresses

Mailing address for:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA)

Office of Chief Counsel
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
180 Spring Street, Suite 332
Atlanta, GA  30303
Phone:  404-893-1423  / 404-893-1400


Mailing address for:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)

Field Office Director
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
180 Spring Street, Suite 522
Atlanta, GA  30303
Phone:  404-893-1290


General Information for ICE and CIS

National Service Center:  1-800-375-5283
Forms Information Line:  1-800-870-3676
Online: http://www.uscis.gov


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the court's hours of operation?
A: The Immigration Court is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Filings are accepted from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 12:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Q: What do I do when I arrive at the Immigration Court?
A: The courtrooms are located on the main lobby level of the building. Once inside the Immigration Court, suite 241, you will find court calendars posted. These calendars contain the names and case numbers of everyone who is scheduled for a hearing that day, as well as the name of the Immigration Judge presiding over the case. There are five courtrooms. Once you have located your name on the scheduling board, proceed to the appropriate courtroom for your hearing. If you do not find your name on the scheduling board, go directly to the main window, and ask the legal assistant/court clerk for assistance.

Q: What do I do when I arrive at my courtroom?
A: If you are there for your first hearing, which is called a master calendar hearing, you will encounter many other people in that room who are also scheduled for a hearing. Please be seated, and wait for the court to call your case.

Q: What do I do if I am attending a hearing for a family member or friend who is being detained?
A: During detained hearings, family members and friends are allowed in the courtroom only during their family member's hearing. If you are a family member or friend of a detainee, you must inform the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Detention Officer that you are here for the hearing. When your family member's case is heard by the Immigration Judge, the DHS Detention Officer will let you know when you may enter the courtroom.

Q: Do I have to have a lawyer?
A: No, you may elect to proceed without a lawyer if you choose to do so. However, the Department of Homeland Security will have a lawyer present to represent them.

Q: Will there be an interpreter present if I don't speak English?
A: At your first master calendar hearing, a Spanish-speaking interpreter will be available to translate for you. If you need an interpreter for another language, the Immigration Judge may use a telephonic interpreter or may adjourn your case in order to obtain an interpreter. After your first hearing, the Court will ensure that a court interpreter in your native language is available.

Q: How do I notify the court if I change my address or move out of the state?
A: You must notify the Court of any change of address while under proceedings. Form EOIR-33, which is the form used to notify the court of change of an address can be obtained from the clerk or the Immigration Judge. This form must be submitted within five days from the date of your move.

Q: How do I ask for a change of venue?
A: If you move out of state, you or your legal representative may request a Change of Venue from the Immigration Judge. However, until the Immigration Judge grants your request, you are required to appear at all scheduled hearings before the court. You or your legal representative should file a written motion for change of venue, with a proposed order, and a Certificate of Service as early as possible in advance of the scheduled hearing. You or your legal representative may check with Court to ascertain if the change of venue motion has been decided. Please refer to the Immigration Court Practice Manual for additional details.

Q: Why do I need a Certificate of Service?
A: All correspondence or applications regarding any case must be accompanied by a Certificate of Service verifying that the same materials have been sent to the appropriate DHS office. See C.F.R. 3.30.

Q: How do I ask for an continuance?
A: Parties seeking a continuance of any scheduled hearing before an Immigration Judge must file a written motion for continuance. Please refer to the Immigration Court Practice Manual for additional details.

Q: Can I fax motions and applications to the court?
A: No, facsimile filings are not available. With the exception of asylum applications which must be filed during a court hearing, the Immigration Court will accept regular submissions by mail or in person filings through the window in advance of the scheduled hearing. On the day of the hearing, you or your legal representative may submit written motions, applications for relief, and other relevant documentation to the Immigration Judge. Copies of all submissions to the court should also be provided to the Department of Homeland Security. This may be accomplished by regular mail in advance of the scheduled hearing.

Q: Will the Court accept filings of Foreign Language Documents?
A: No. All Foreign Language documents must be accompanied by both an English language translation and a certificate signed by the translator.

Q: Can I submit any size correspondence to the Court for filing?
A: No. All materials submitted must be on 8" x 11" paper, two-hole punched. Please refer to the Immigration Court Practice Manual for additional details.

Q: What will happen at the hearing?
A: Whether you proceed on your own or with a legal representative, the Immigration Judge will advise you of your rights. You will have an opportunity to obtain a legal representative at no expense to the government; to make an appeal; to present evidence; to testify and have witnesses testify; to examine and object to the government's evidence; to cross examine witnesses presented by the government. You will have an opportunity to plead to the allegations and all charges. If removability is not conceded, the Immigration Judge will conduct a hearing to determine the issue of removability. If removability is established, the Immigration Judge will advise you of any potential relief and allow you an opportunity to submit the appropriate applications for such relief.

Q: What will happen at the conclusion of the hearing?
A: The Immigration Judge will enter a decision in your case which may be oral or written. If oral, it will be presented at the conclusion of your hearing. If written, it will be sent to you in the mail. Either way, the decision will contain the Immigration Judge's findings of facts, conclusions of law, and any reasons for granting or denying relief. You will have the opportunity to appeal this decision if you so choose. If you wish to appeal, Form EOIR 26 (Notice of Appeal) should be filed within 30 days with the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Q: How do I make an appeal?
A: The Notice of Appeal (Form EOIR 26) must be written in English and received by the Board of Immigration Appeals at 5107 Leesburg Pike Suite 2000, Falls Church, VA 20530 within 30 days of the Immigration Judge's decision you are appealing.

Q: Will my application require a fee?
A: With the exception of asylum applications, most applications for relief require a fee. Please see the standard fee schedule for details at 8 C.F.R. section 103.7. The procedures for requesting a fee waiver are found at 8 C.F.R. section 103.7(c).

Q: Where do I pay fees for applications?
A: Immigration Court does not accept any filing fees associated with applications for relief. All application fees must be paid at the nearest DHS office. Once the application fee has been paid, the application with the fee receipt must be filed with the Atlanta Immigration Court, 180 Spring Street, Suite 241, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Q: How do I make a record or tape request?
A: Requests to review a file can be made in person or in writing during hours of operation.
Requests for copies of hearing tapes must be made in writing and must include blank tapes for duplicating.

Q: How do I make a bond request?
A: Bond hearing must be made in writing, with a Certificate of Service to the DHS District Counsel.

Q: What happens if my case is not pending before the Court?
A: Until a charging document is received from DHS, (with the exception of bond cases) your case is not pending before the court. You may check with DHS 404-331-0253 or 1-800 375-5283 to determine the status of your case.



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Courtroom Etiquette

Courtroom proceedings shall not be disrupted by requesting information or decisions, on cases that are not currently before the Immigration Judge. All questions, motions, and briefs shall be referred to the reception/intake window if not on the docket for that particular day.

All electronic equipment, including but not limited to cellular or wireless phones, pagers, alarm watches, must be silenced prior to entering the courtrooms.


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Updated July 2013