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Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

IMMIGRATION COURT
Hartford, Connecticut



Welcome to the Hartford Immigration Court!

The Hartford 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

AA Ribicoff Building, Room 628
450 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone:  860-240-3881

Court Contacts

Immigration Judges:
Michael W. Straus
Philip Verrillo

Court Administrator:
Robert Halpin (Acting)

Department of Homeland Security Trial Attorney Unit:
(NOT part of the court)

District Counsel:  Frederick J. McGrath, Esq.
Deputy District Counsel:  Richard D. Neville
Deputy District Counsel:  John M. Furlong, Jr.

John F. Kennedy Federal Building - Room 425
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203
Phone:  617-565-3140

Hartford Office:

Trial Attorney Unit
AA Ribicoff Building, Room 483
450 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone:  860-240-3615



Visitor Information

The Hartford Immigration Court is located in the AA Ribicoff Building at 450 Main Street, Room 628.

The filing window is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m.

To contact the court, call 860-240-3881.

For information regarding application deadlines or hearing dates and times, call the Immigration Court's automated system at 1-800-898-7180.


Directions

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

  • From East of Hartford:
  • 1.   Take I-84 West
  • 2.   Take Route 15 South (going across Charter Oak Bridge)
  • 3.   Take first ramp on right onto I-91 North and move to extreme left
            lane
  • 4.   Take Capitol Area Exit
  • 5.   Take first right exit (Columbus Blvd.)
  • 6.   Go straight through at traffic light onto Arch Street
  • 7.   Go left at first cross street onto Prospect Street
  • 8.   Federal Building on southwest corner (corner of Sheldon Street
            & South Prospect Street)
 
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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
 
  • From West of Hartford:
  • 1.   Take I-84 East
  • 2.   Take I-91 South
  • 3.   Take Capitol Area Exit
  • 4.   Take first right exit (Columbus Blvd.)
  • 5.   Go straight through at traffic light onto Arch Street
  • 6.   Turn left at first cross street onto Prospect Street
  • 7.   Federal Building on southwest corner (corner of Sheldon Street & South Prospect Street)
  • From North of Hartford:
  • 1.   Take I-91 South
  • 2.   Take Capitol Area Exit
  • 3.   Take first right exit (Columbus Blvd.)
  • 4.   Go straight through at traffic light onto Arch Street
  • 5.   Turn left at first cross street onto Prospect Street
  • 6.   Federal Building on southwest corner (corner of Sheldon Street & South Prospect Street)
  • From South of Hartford:
  • 1.   Take I-91 North
  • 2.   Take Capitol Area Exit (left exit)
  • 3.   Take first right exit (Columbus Blvd.)
  • 4.   Go straight through at traffic light onto Arch Street
  • 5.   Turn left at first cross street onto Prospect Street
  • 6.   Federal Building on southwest corner (corner of Sheldon Street & South Prospect Street)

Additional Information


Definitions and Common Terms

THE MASTER CALENDAR

At the Master Calendar, all respondents/applicants not represented by counsel will have their rights explained by the judge, who will provide them with an opportunity to seek counsel/representative at the respondent's/applicant's own expense. For those who are represented, the judge establishes representation for the record by ensuring that the attorney or representative has filed the appropriate notice of appearance form (Form EOIR-28) with the Immigration Court and ensures that the respondent/applicant has been fully advised by counsel of his/her rights.

The judge usually completes simple issue cases at the Master Calendar Hearing. For more complex cases, the judge uses the Master Calendar Hearing to establish whether or not deportability or admissibility of the respondent/applicant is a contested issue. Often deportability or admissability is established by the respondent's admission of the charges contained in the charging document. Where contested, the party having the burden of proof must prove deportability or admissibility. Once established, the judge explores with the unrepresented respondent/applicant the types of discretionary relief which may be available or has the respondent's/applicant's attorney/representative indicate the relief sought.

The immigration laws provide a variety of forms of potential relief from removal ranging from simple grants of voluntary departure to complex waivers of deportation or removal. All such forms of relief, however, are granted or denied within the Immigration Judge's discretion.

Voluntary Departure

Voluntary departure enables a respondent to leave the country at his/her own expense within a time limit specified by the judge. This form of relief may allow the respondent to reenter the United States after voluntarily departing, if the proper visa for reentry is obtained. This form of relief, while common, is significant, as an order of deportation or removal bars the respondent from reentering the United States for a period of years from the date of removal, unless granted a waiver by the U.S. Government.

Asylum

Another form of relief is a request for asylum. To be granted asylum, the respondent/applicant must prove he/she has a well-founded fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, political opinions, or membership in a particular social group if returned to his/her country of origin and he/she is not statutorily barred from such relief.

Suspension of Deportation/Cancellation of Removal

A respondent who has been living illegally in the United States for seven years or more may ask for relief known as suspension of deportation. For cancellation of removal, a respondent must have lived in the United States for ten years. For either relief to be granted, the respondent must prove the required period of continuous physical presence in the United States, good moral character, and extreme hardship (deportation) or exceptional and extremely unusual (removal) hardship if returned to the country of origin.

Adjustment of Status

Another type of relief is adjustment of status for a respondent who is deportable but is eligible for lawful permanent resident status based on a number of factors including marriage to a U.S. citizen and waivers of criminal convictions as a basis for deportability.

THE INDIVIDUAL CALENDAR

After determining the type of relief a respondent/applicant is seeking, the judge sets a date for the respondent/applicant to file the appropriate application for relief. The judge then schedules the case for an Individual Calendar Hearing on the merits of the application. The time required for the hearing is set by the judge after consulting both the government attorney and the respondent/applicant or his/her attorney.

Frequently, failure to file an application on time results in the Immigration Judge determining that a respondent has abandoned the intention to apply for relief, and the Immigration Judge may issue an order of deportation or removal.

The length of the Individual Calendar hearing ranges from less than an hour to an entire day or more based on the complexity of the issues in the case and the number of witnesses called. At the Individual Calendar Hearing, the judge hears testimony from the respondent/applicant and witnesses for either party and cross-examination. The Immigration Court provides an interpreter for a non-English speaking respondent/applicant or witness. Generally, the judge renders an oral decision in the case on the record at the conclusion of testimony and cross-examination. The decision includes a finding of facts, the establishment of deportability, excludability, or removability, a statement addressing the relief sought, the application of existing case law, and the judge's conclusion about the case. After announcing the decision, the judge gives each party an opportunity to waive or reserve appeal. If both parties waive appeal, the judge's order is final. Whether appeal is waived or reserved, a form order ("minute order") summarizing the judge's decision is given to the parties before they leave the court.

THE APPEAL PROCESS

When an appeal is filed within the specified time limit (30 days), the Immigration Court assembles and forwards the Record of Proceedings (ROP) to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The BIA is composed of a Chairman and Members who are appointed by the Attorney General. The BIA reviews Immigration Judges' decisions if appealed by a party to the case.

THE INSTITUTIONAL HEARING PROGRAM (IHP)

The Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, requires the Attorney General to expeditiously commence immigration proceedings for alien inmates convicted of crimes in the United States. To meet this requirement, the Department of Justice established the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), which allows aliens serving criminal sentences to have an immigration hearing prior to their release from prison.



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Updated September 2013