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Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

IMMIGRATION COURT
El Paso, Texas




Welcome to the El Paso Immigration Court!

The El Paso 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 population status of the caseload is both detained and non-detained.

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.



Visitor Information

The El Paso Immigration Court has two separate locations within the city. The non-detained location is for hearings involving individuals who are not in immigration custody (not locked up by the Department of Homeland Security). The detainee location is for individuals who are held by the Department of Homeland Security (locked up in a detention facility).

The El Paso Immigration Court (for non-detainee hearings) is located in the Richard C. White Federal Building at 700 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite 750, El Paso, Texas 79901. To contact the El Paso Immigration Court regarding non-detainee cases, call 915-534-6020.

The Department of Homeland Security is not located in the federal building, but is located at 1545 Hawkins Blvd., El Paso, TX 79925. The telephone number for the Office of the District Counsel, Trial Litigation Section of the Department of Homeland Security is 915-225-1803.

Contact the Department of Homeland Security National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 for information and help on all matters concerning immigration services and benefits. For further information regarding the Department of Homeland Security, sign on to uscis.gov.

The El Paso Immigration Court (for detainee hearings) is located at 8915 Montana Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79925. To contact the El Paso Immigration Court regarding detainee cases, call 915-771-1600.

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 703-305-1662.

For directions to each of the Immigration Courts located in El Paso, Texas, we have provided a link to a free mapping service here.

Filing:

The Immigration Court (for non-detainee hearings) is open to receive documents for filing from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each business day. Documents are not accepted after 4:00 p.m. The window remains open until 4:30 p.m. for all other purposes. The Court does not have a drop box for after hours filing.

The Immigration Court (for detainee hearings) is open to receive documents for filing from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each business day. Documents are not accepted after 4:00 p.m., as the detention facility is closed. The Court does not have a drop box for after hours filing.

 
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Juan P. Osuna
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703-305-0289
 
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240-314-1500 or 1-800-898-7180
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703-605-1007
 
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703-305-0864
 
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703-305-0470
 
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703-605-1297
 

Entering the White Federal Building

Individuals entering this federal building will be required to go through a security checkpoint as well as a metal detector. The Immigration Court is located on the 6th floor. Public telephones are located on the first floor to the left of the elevators. Public restrooms are located on each floor behind the elevators. There is a cafeteria/snack bar available to the public on the 4th floor, located to the left of the elevators as you are exiting. Water fountains are located near the elevators on each floor.

Entering the Court at 8915 Montana Avenue, which is located within a Detention Facility

Individuals will be required to go through a security checkpoint as well as a metal detector. Once inside this facility, the Immigration Court is located to the rear of the visitor's waiting area. Public telephones, restrooms, and water fountains are accessible in the visitor's waiting area.

Please note: Regarding rules and regulations governing public buildings and grounds, please refer to Title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart 101-20.3.


Directions

For directions to the El Paso Immigration Court (for non-detainee hearings) located in the Richard C. White Federal Building at 700 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite 675, El Paso, Texas 79901, click here to access the free mapping service.

For directions to the El Paso Immigration Court (for detainee hearings) is located at 8915 Montana Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79925, click here to access the free mapping service.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Please Note: The El Paso Immigration Court does not have local operating procedures. Any special measures needed to prepare a case for trial will be addressed by the judge at the master calendar docket. The following general information addresses FAQs.

Q: What are the court's hours of operation?
A: The Immigration Court (for non-detained hearings) is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. With the exception of asylum applications which must be filed during a hearing, all filings are accepted at the 6th floor filing window, 700 E. San Antonio Avenue, Suite 750, El Paso, Texas 79901. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Immigration Court (for detained hearings) is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With the exception of asylum applications which must be filed during a hearing, all filings are accepted at the filing window located at 8915 Montana, El Paso, Texas 79925. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please ensure that you go to the right address as indicated on the notice of hearing.

Q: How do I find my courtroom at the White Federal Building?
A: Courtrooms are located on the 6th floor of the federal building. Once on the 6th floor, exit from the elevators to the right going through the glass doors, where you will see the main waiting room of the Immigration Court. Look for the main scheduling board located by the window and 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 to the main window and ask the 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. 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 El Paso 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, it is likely that there will be an interpreter available to translate for you. However, depending on the language and/or dialect you speak, the Immigration Judge may have to adjourn your case in order to obtain an interpreter. If possible, you may want to bring a relative or friend who can translate into English for you. 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 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 as early as possible in advance of the scheduled hearing. You or your legal representative may make inquiries to the court about whether or not the change of venue has been decided.

Q: Are telephonic hearings permitted?
A: Telephonic hearing are allowed based upon an advance written request to the court submitted by your legal representative, who has filed an EOIR-28 (Notice of Appearance) in your case. Should a request for telephonic hearing be denied, then the court will advise your legal representative. For a telephonic hearing, your legal representative must call the court at the appointed time and provide a phone number where the legal representative may be contacted for the telephonic hearing. You should be with your legal representative for the telephonic hearing. Voice mail is not appropriate for a contact number. Please note that El Paso is in the Mountain Time Zone.

Q: Can I fax motions and applications to the court?
A: No, facsimile filings are not available. 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.

Filings with the court in advance of the scheduled hearing should have a CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE attached to them similar to the one set forth below:

          I hereby certify that a true and correct copy of the foregoing was mailed on the _____ day of
______ (month), _____ (year), to the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the District Counsel,
1545 Hawkins Blvd., El Paso, Texas 79925, as follows:
Your Name or name of your legal representative
Your Address or address of your legal representative

Respectfully submitted,
______|s|_____________
Your Signature or signature of your legal representative


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 will depart from the United States.

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. 103.7. 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 are found at 8 C.F.R. 103.7(c).

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 Department of Homeland Security. The office for the Department of Homeland Security in El Paso, Texas is located at 1545 Hawkins Blvd., El Paso, TX 79925. 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 Immigration Court in El Paso, Texas, at the proper location (for a non-detainee case or for a detainee case).

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 of the non-detainee court is 915-534-6020. The telephone number of the detainee court is 915-771-1600.



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Courtroom Etiquette

The El Paso Immigration Court fully recognizes that the proceedings before it are an important undertaking for individuals and families. This 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.

  • 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 go to your hearing to avoid an order being entered against you in your absence.
  • EOIR 33's (change of address forms) must be filed at the El Paso, Texas Immigration Court, 700 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite 750, El Paso, Texas, 79901.
  • If you and other family members received Notices to Appear (NTA) for the same date, you must ALL attend the hearing.

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Updated August 2012