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Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

IMMIGRATION COURT
Dallas, Texas



Welcome to the Dallas Immigration Court!

The Dallas 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 Immigration Judges are responsible for conducting formal court proceedings, and act independently in their decision-making capacity. Their decisions are administratively final, unless appealed or certified to the Board of the Immigration Appeals. The court's caseload is comprised of both detained cases and non-detained cases.

In addition to determining whether individuals are admissible (i.e., should be permitted to enter the United States) or deportable (i.e., should be removed from the United States), the Immigration Judges have jurisdiction to consider applications for various forms of relief from removal. These include applications for such relief as asylum, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal and waivers of inadmissibility.

Court Contacts

The sitting Immigration Judges in Dallas are:
Hon. Michael Baird
Hon. R. Wayne Kimball
Hon. James Nugent
Hon. Richard R. Ozmun
Hon. Deitrich Sims

Court Administrator:
Barbara Baker



Visitor Information

The Dallas Immigration Court is located in the Earle Cabell Federal Building at 1100 Commerce Street, Room 1060, Dallas, Texas 75242. To contact the Immigration Court, call 214-767-1814. For directions to the Court, please click here.

The Immigration Court's business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Filing hours for the Immigration Court are 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Faxed documents are not accepted. The Court does not have a drop box for filings after hours.

To obtain information after hours regarding hearing dates and times, call the EOIR toll free number at 1-800-898-7180. For individuals calling from outside the United States, the number is 1-240-314-1500.

PLEASE NOTE: The Immigration Court is not part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS District Office is not located in the Earle Cabell Federal Building, but is located at Office of the Chief Counsel 125 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 500 Irving, Texas 75062-2324.
Tel. 972-373-2300

Contact the DHS National Customer Service Center at
1-800-375-5283 for information and help on all matters concerning immigration services and benefits
. The telephone number for the Dallas Office of the DHS District Counsel is 214-905-5770.

For questions concerning a detainee, call 214-905-5885. For further information regarding the Department of Homeland Security, sign on to uscis.gov.

Entering the Cabell Federal Building

You will be required to go through a security checkpoint as well as a metal detector. The Immigration Court is located on the 10th floor. Public restrooms are located on each floor near the elevators. There is a cafeteria available to the public on the 6th floor and a snack shop on the 1st floor. Water fountains are located near the elevators on each floor.

 
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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
 

Additional Information

Bond Request Information

The Dallas Immigration Court has a locally developed form for requesting a bond hearing. The form (entitled "Application for Redetermination of Custody Status") must be completed prior to scheduling a bond hearing. Click here to download the form. The form is also available at the Immigration Court.

Record and Tape Requests

Requests to review a file can be made in person or in writing as long as the following requirements are met:
a) you are the respondent,
b) you are the attorney/representative for the respondent; or
c) you have the written permission of the respondent to review the record.
Requests for copies of hearing tapes must be made in writing and must adhere to the requirements above.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Immigration Court’s rules and practices. For further information on the topics presented or topics not covered in these frequently asked questions, please refer to the Immigration Court Practice Manual.

Q: What are the court's hours of operation?
A: The Immigration Court is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Filings are accepted at the 10th floor filing window, Room 1060. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Q: How do I find my courtroom at the Cabell Federal Building?
A: Immigration courtrooms are located on the 10th floor of the building. Once on the 10th floor, you will immediately see a sign for the Immigration Court. Head toward the direction of the sign and look for the scheduling board located in the main waiting room. There you will find the 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 your case. There are four courtrooms accessible from the waiting room. 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 on the 10th floor and ask the clerk for assistance.

Q: What do I do if I am attending a hearing for a family member or friend who is being detained in jail?
A: The Dallas court conducts detained hearings in two different manners either via video teleconferencing or in-person.  If the alien is detained in a Texas or Oklahoma facility and scheduled for a hearing before the Dallas Judge, family members or friends can attend the hearing at the Dallas Immigration Court.

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. Have a seat and wait for the court to call your case.

Q: What if I don't have a lawyer with me?
A: YOU MUST COME TO YOUR HEARING ANYWAY. If this is your first master calendar hearing, and you do not have a lawyer, the Immigration Judge will allow you an opportunity to obtain a lawyer at your own expense. A List of Free Legal Service Providers is available at the Dallas Immigration Court and on this home page. For those individuals who can not afford a lawyer, this list may assist you in obtaining legal representation.

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 have to 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: Whether represented or not, aliens in proceedings before the Immigration Court must notify the Immigration Court within 5 days of any change in address or telephone number, using the Alien’s Change of Address Form (Form EOIR-33/IC).

Q: How do I ask for a change of venue?
A: If you move to another residence and want you case heard at a different court, you or your representative may request a “Change of Venue” from the Immigration Judge. However, until the Immigration Judge grants your request for a change of venue, you are required to appear at all scheduled hearings before the court. You or your legal representative should file the request for a change of venue through a written motion.

Q: Are telephonic hearings permitted?
A: In certain instances, respondents and representatives may appear by telephone at some master calendar hearings, at the Immigration Judge’s discretion. If the request for a telephonic hearing is approved, and if the hearing is scheduled between the hours of 8:30 a.m and 12:00 p.m. CST, the representative must be available at the number he/she provided the court for the entire time (8:30-12:00) until the Judge calls them. If the hearing is scheduled between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST, the representative must be available at the number he/she provided the court for the entire time (12:00-5:00). Should a request for telephonic hearing be denied, then the court will advise the legal representative. If the court has not ruled on the request by the time of the scheduled hearing, or the request is denied, the respondent and his legal representative are required to appear in person at the hearing.

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. The regulations provide that if you are unable to afford the fee for an application -- cancellation of removal, for example -- you can request a waiver from the Immigration Judge. The procedures for requesting a fee waiver can be found by clicking here.

Q: Where do I pay fees for applications?
A: The Immigration Court does not accept any filing fees associated with applications for relief. All application fees must be paid to the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

U.S. CIS
6500 E. Campus Circle Drive
Irving, Texas 75063
Tel. 1-800-375-5283

Written application forms should never be left with the Department of Homeland Security. Once the application fee has been paid, the application must filed with the Dallas Immigration Court at 1100 Commerce Street, Suite 1060, Dallas, Texas 75242. You must file proof of payment of the application fee at the time of filing the application which can be in the form of the 797-C receipt or “grocery store-type” receipt or a motion for a fee waiver if you are unable to pay the fee and are requesting a waiver from the court.

Q: Can I fax motions and applications to the court?
A: No, facsimile (fax) filings are not acceptable. 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 filing window in advance of the scheduled hearing.

Q: Do I have to give a copy of my filing with the Immigration Court to anyone else?
A: For all filings before the Immigration Court, a party must provide, or “serve,” an identical copy of that filing on the opposing party (or, if the party is represented, the party’s representative). Except for filings served during a hearing or jointly-filed motions agreed upon by all parties, you must declare in writing that a copy has been served. This written declaration is called a “Proof of Service,” or “Certificate of Service.”

Q: What will happen at my 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 the opportunity to submit the appropriate applications for such relief.

Q: What will happen at the conclusion of my 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 shall 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, Virginia 20530 within 30 days of the Immigration Judge's decision you are appealing.

Q: What will happen if I leave the country while my case/appeal is pending?
A: Under most circumstances, if you depart the United States after filing an appeal, but prior to the decision on your appeal, your departure will be deemed a withdrawal of your appeal. Thereafter, the Immigration Judge's decision will become final. If your case is pending before the Immigration Court, you should consult with your legal representative, or if you do not have a legal representative, consult with the Department of Homeland Security before you make a decision regarding whether or not you should depart from the United States.

Q: Is the Court open during inclement weather?
A: In extremely inclement weather, you should call the court prior to your hearing. The telephone number is 214-767-1814. If the court will delay in opening or will be closed due to the inclement weather, please check with local TV station Channel 11/21 KTVT/KTXA for information and Channel 4 Fox KDFW. If you are represented, please contact your legal representative who will have access through the AILA Liaison of any court delays or closures due to inclement weather.


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Courtroom Etiquette

The Immigration Judges in Dallas 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.

The Immigration Judges fully recognize that the proceedings before them are an important undertaking for individuals and families. The Dallas Immigration Court wishes to remind people that these hearings are formal court proceedings and should be treated seriously. Appropriate attire for court appearances should be worn; i.e., no shorts or tank tops. Children should always be supervised. No food or drinks are allowed in the waiting room or courtrooms.

If you have a scheduled hearing:

  • Arrive early.
  • Bring Your Notice to Appear (NTA) or hearing notice if you have it.
  • Even if you do not have a lawyer, you must appear for your hearing to avoid an order of removal being entered against you in your absence.
  • If you and other family members received Notices to Appear (NTA) for the same date, you must ALL attend the hearing.
  • EOIR 33's (change of address forms) must be filed at the Dallas Immigration Court, 1100 Commerce Street, Room 1060, Dallas, Texas 75242.

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