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Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

IMMIGRATION COURT
Los Angeles, California




The San Pedro Immigration Court has been closed as of March 29, 2009. Any matter relating to a case heard at that court is now under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Immigration Court.

Welcome to the Los Angeles Immigration Court!

The Los Angeles 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

Los Angeles Immigration Court Address:

Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration Court
606 S. Olive Street, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90014

Telephone Number:  213-894-2811


Directions

Directions to the court:

The Los Angeles Immigration Court is located at 606 S. Olive Street, at the southeast corner of 6th Street and Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles, south of Pershing Square park. From the Harbor Freeway, #110, take the 6th Street off ramp and go east on 6th Street to Olive Street. For your convenience, we have also provided a link to a free mapping service.

Upon entering the building, take the elevators on the south end of the lobby to the 15th floor where the daily calendars are posted and the information window is located. The courtrooms are located on the 5th,14th, 16th, 17th and 18th floors. The north end elevators serve the 5th floor.

Court Hours:

The Los Angeles Immigration Court and filing/information window on 15th floor is open 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Hearings commence at 8:00 or 8:30 a.m. each morning and 12:30 or 1:00 p.m. each afternoon.




Visitor Information

Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration Court
606 S. Olive Street, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90014
Phone:  213-894-2811


Notice to All Visitors

All telephones and pagers must be turned off or completely silenced and may not be used in the courtrooms, court hallways or the elevator lobbies on the 5th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th Floors.

No food and no drinks, including coffee, are allowed past the security officers on the 5th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th Floors. Bottled water, baby bottles and infant snacks are permitted.


Instructions for First Time Visitors

 
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Immigration Judge Benchbook

EOIR Forms

Virtual Law Library

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
 
  • Look for your name and A-number on the calendars posted on the bulletin boards on the 15th floor. Calendars are posted by courtroom and there is also an alphabetical listing on the grey bulletin board.
  • When you find your name, look at the sign above it and you will find the judge's name, courtroom letter and the floor on which the courtroom is located.
  • Take the elevators to the assigned floor. For the fifth floor courtrooms, take the elevator down to 1st floor and then use the north side elevator for the 5th floor. For all other courtrooms take the elevator down for the 14th floor and up for the 16th, 17th and 18th floors.
  • When you arrive on the 5th,14th, 16th, 17th or 18th floors, you will need to go through a security checkpoint. Please stand in line and proceed through the metal detector, one person at a time. Be prepared to open all purses, bags and briefcases for inspection by the security officer.
  • When you find the right courtroom, open the door, go in and give your name to the court clerk seated at the desk with the computer.

Courtroom Assignments and Locations:

Judge Floor Courtroom
Hon. Joyce A. Bakke Varzandeh16J
Hon. Ira E. Bank16N
Hon. Lori Bass17V
Hon. Christine A. Bither16O
Hon. Dorothy Dunkel Bradley16P
Hon. Philip J. Costa16L
Hon. Thomas Y.K. Fong18Z
Hon. Anthony T. Giattina54
Hon. Anna Ho14B
Hon. Jan D. Latimore14E
Hon. Monica Little16I
Hon. Lorraine J. Muņoz*8Room 8547 FB
Hon. Tara Naselow-Nahas17T
Hon. W. David Neumeister16M
Hon. Lee O'Connor17U
Hon. Maureen O'Sullivan16H
Hon. Brett M. Parchert17S
Hon. Rose Peters14C
Hon. Kevin W. Riley14F
Hon. Rodin Rooyani52
Hon. Rachel Ruane55
Hon. Stephen L. Sholomson14D
Hon. D.D. Sitgraves14A
Hon. Christine E. Stancill16K
Hon. A. Ashley Tabaddor17X
Hon. Frank Travieso17Y
Hon. Gita Vahid-Tehrani17R
Hon. John F. Walsh14G

* Judge Muņoz is presently in the Federal Building located at:
    300 No. Los Angeles Street
    Los Angeles, CA


Court Contacts

  • Immigration Judges:
  • Bakke Varzandeh, Joyce
  • Bank, Ira E.
  • Bass, Lori
  • Bither, Christine A.
  • Burke, David
  • Costa, Philip J.
  • Dunkel-Bradley, Dorothy
  • Fong, Thomas Y.K.
  • Giattina, Anthony T.
  • Ho, Anna
  • Hong, Jungyoun
  • Latimore, Jan D.
  • Laurent, Scott D.
  • Little, Monica
  • Muņoz, Lorraine J.
  • Naselow-Nahas, Tara
  • Neumeister, W, David
  • O'Connor, Lee
  • O'Sullivan, Maureen
  • Parchert, Brett M.
  • Peters, Rose C.
  • Riley, Kevin
  • Rooyani, Rodin
  • Ruane, Rachel
  • Sholomson, Stephen L.
  • Sitgraves, D.D.
  • Stancill, Christine E.
  • Tabaddor, A. Ashley
  • Travieso, Frank
  • Vahid-Tehrani, Gita
  • Walsh, John F.
  • Court Administrator and Court Staff:
  • Fayne Overton - Court Administrator
  • Jeanette Patron - Deputy Court Administrator (Hearings Unit)
  • Ana Chavez - Staff Assistant to ACIJ Thomas Y.K. Fong
  • Sharon Kok - Administrative Support Assistant
  • Christopher Cygan - Administrative Support Clerk
  • Attorney Advisors:
  • Stephen Chapman
  • Sarah Dooley
  • Emilie Faris
  • Rebekah Nahas
  • Judicial Law Clerks:
  • Chloe Dillon
  • Natasha Dye
  • Josh Friedman
  • Janaki Gandhi
  • Katy Michaelis
  • Detained Docket Unit:
  • Kathy Cole-Smith, Supervisor
  • Linda Johnson, Supervisor
  • Dominic Arguello
  • Esther Castaneda
  • Claudia Escoto
  • Brenda Hunter
  • Danielle Owens
  • Bhavin Patel
  • Gabby Stradley
  • Neyra Zavala
  • Post Hearing Unit:
  • Marisol Berumen, Supervisor
  • Victoria Amara
  • Susan Greenbaum
  • Vince Ordonez
  • Mark Perdew
  • Cynthia Reed
  • Vera Washington
  • Reception/Intake/Docketing Unit:
  • Ingrid Knight, Supervisor
  • Teresa Arzola
  • Charlotte Brown
  • Pamela Campbell
  • Marissa Gray
  • Rene Lamar
  • Erica Martinez
  • Arcelia Segovia
  • Nicole Urista
  • 5th/14th Floor Hearings Unit:
  • Maribel Garcia, Supervisor
  • Janet Chavez
  • Jess Patino
  • Leticia Regis
  • Yelba Reyes
  • Felipe Romero
  • Scott Sorensen
  • Connie Turingan
  • 16th Floor Hearings Unit:
  • Michel Morrow, Supervisor
  • Gohar Beloryan
  • Nora Covarrubias
  • Arleen Estrada
  • Paul Han
  • Jan Lee
  • Terry Lim
  • Dorina Meihis
  • 17th Floor Hearings Unit:
  • Claudia Romero, Supervisor
  • Reem Alberre
  • Jai Ashford
  • Travis Dawson
  • Marita Jurado
  • Christian Reyes
  • Kim Wooten-Daley
  • Interpreters:
  • Rene Cervantes, Supervisor
  • Hilma Loreto, Supervisor
  • Alcira Argueta
  • Ana Benko
  • Mary Frausto
  • Marina Hassannali
  • Flor Lopez
  • Yolanda Martinez-Villaseñor
  • Margarita Menjivar
  • Linda Orozco
  • Adelayda Sarmiento
  • Gina Snell
  • Anna B. Torres
  • Luis Vasquez
  • Myriam Vijil

Additional Information

Fingerprints

Please see instructions for Biometrics below.

Fees

Where to pay the fee with DHS for applications to be filed with the Los Angeles Immigration Court:

For motions to re-open and motions to re-consider before the Court:

Go to the DHS at the Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles Street, Room 1001. Take your appeal. You may have to wait in line to pay the fee on the motion so it is recommended that you pay the fee well in advance of the expiration date for filing such motions. Take your motion and fee receipt to the Los Angeles Immigration Court and file it at the reception window on the 15th floor.

For all other applications filed with the court, except Defensive Asylum, form I-589 (Form(s) I-485, I-191, I-601, I-602, I-881, EOIR-40, EOIR-42A, or EOIR-42B):

In addition to filing your application(s) with the Immigration Court and serving a complete copy of any such application(s) on the appropriate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Chief Counsel, you must also complete the following requirements before the Immigration Judge can grant relief in your case.

SEND these 5 items to the address below:

  1. A clear copy of the entire application form(s) that you will be filing or have filed with the Immigration Court. (Do not submit any documents such as attachments - send only the completed form itself),
  2. The appropriate application fee(s) or the Immigration Judge's order granting your fee waiver. (The fee can be found in the instructions with the application, the regulations, and at www.uscis.gov or for the EOIR forms, at www.justice.gov/eoir),
  3. The mandatory $85.00 USCIS biometrics fee,
  4. A copy of Form EOIR-28 (Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative Before the Immigration Court) if you are represented, and
  5. A copy of these instructions.

USCIS Texas Service Center
P.O. Box 852463
Mesquite, Texas 75185-2463

All fees must be submitted in the form of a check or a money order (or separate checks/money orders) and be made out to: "Department of Homeland Security."

After the 5 items are received at the USCIS Texas Service Center, you will receive:

  • A USCIS fee receipt notice showing that you have paid the application fee (unless waived) and the mandatory biometrics fee. Keep a copy for yourself.
  • A USCIS notice with instructions to appear for an appointment at a nearby Application Support Center (ASC) for collection of your biometrics (such as your photographs, fingerprints, and signature). This notice contains your important USCIS application receipt number which must be presented to the ASC. Your dependents will receive separate ASC notices if they are required to provide biometrics. If you do not receive this notice in 3 weeks, call 1-800-375-5283. If you also apply for asylum, take both scheduling notices to your ASC appointment (see side A). Keep copies of all ASC scheduling notices for your records.

You (and your dependents) must then:

  1. Attend this ASC biometrics appointment and obtain a biometrics confirmation document from the ASC,

File the following with the Immigration Court within the time period directed by the Immigration Judge:

  1. The original application Form,
  2. All supporting documentation, and
  3. The USCIS fee receipt notice that serves as evidence that you paid the filing fees (unless the Immigration Judge granted you an application fee waiver), and

Retain your ASC biometrics confirmation as proof that your biometrics were taken, and bring it to your future Immigration Court hearings.

DO NOT SUBMIT THE ORIGINAL APPLICATION TO USCIS. DO NOT SUBMIT ANY APPLICATIONS TO THIS POST OFFICE BOX OTHER THAN THOSE APPLICATIONS LISTED. ALL OTHER APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING APPLICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION AND IMMIGRANT PETITIONS, WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU IF SENT TO THIS POST OFFICE BOX. FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS NOT LISTED ON SIDE A OR SIDE B OF THIS PAPER, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT ACCOMPANY THE APPLICATION.

For all I-589 defensive applications being filed in the court:

Please note: There is no fee for filing the application but a biometrics fee must be paid. Please follow the instructions below. In addition to filing your application and supporting documents with the Immigration Court and serving a complete copy of your application on the appropriate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Chief Counsel, you must also complete the following requirements before the Immigration Judge can grant relief or protection in your case.

SEND these 3 items to the address below:

  1. A clear copy of the first three pages of your completed Form I-589 (Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal) that you will be filing or have filed with the Immigration Court, which must include your full name, your current mailing address, and your alien number (A-number). (Do not submit any documents other than the first three pages of the completed I-589),
  2. A copy of Form EOIR-28 (Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative Before the Immigration Court) if you are represented, and
  3. A copy of these instructions.

USCIS Nebraska Service Center
Defensive Asylum Application With Immigration Court
P.O. Box 87589
Lincoln, NE 68501-7589

After the 3 items are received at the USCIS Nebraska Service Center, you will receive:

  • A USCIS receipt notice in the mail indicating that USCIS has received your asylum application, and
  • An ASC notice for you, and separate Application Support Center (ASC) notices for each dependent included in your application. Each ASC notice will indicate the individual's unique receipt number and will provide instructions for each person to appear for an appointment at a nearby ASC for collection of biometrics (such as your photograph, fingerprints, and signature). If you do not receive this notice in 3 weeks, call 1-800-375-5283. If you also mail applications under Instructions B, you will receive 2 notices with different receipt numbers. You must wait for and take both scheduling notices to your ASC appointment.

You (and your dependents) must then:

  • Attend the biometrics appointment at the ASC, and obtain a biometrics confirmation document before leaving the ASC, and
  • Retain your ASC biometrics confirmation as proof that your biometrics were taken, and bring it to your future Immigration Court hearings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the office hours of the Los Angeles Immigration Court?
A: The Los Angeles Immigration Court and filing/information window are open 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Also see the Court Observed Holidays link.

Filings for detained aliens housed at the Orange County City Jail, James Musik and Theo Lacey Detention Facilities are to be filed either at the 15th floor reception window or at the Federal building on the 4th floor reception window in room 4330.

Q: Where is the Los Angeles Immigration Court located?
A: The Court is located at the southeast corner of 6th Street and Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles, south of Pershing Square park. From the Harbor Freeway, #110, take the 6th Street off ramp and go east on 6th Street to Olive Street. For your convenience, you may use the following mapping service Yahoo! Maps. Upon entering the building, take the elevators on the south end of the lobby to the 15th floor where the daily calendars are posted and the primary filing/information window is located. Courtrooms are located on the 5th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th floors. The north end elevators from the lobby server the 5th floor courtrooms. All other floors are served by the south lobby elevators.

Q: What is the Court's address?
A: Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration Court
606 S. Olive Street, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90014

In person detained matters are heard at the Federal Building:
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration Court
300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 4330 or Room 8547
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Q: What is the Court's telephone number?
A: The Los Angeles Immigration Court's telephone number is 213-894-2811.

Q: What is the Court's fax number?
A: The fax machine is for internal use only.

Q: Where are the public restrooms located?
A: The public restrooms are located on the 5th, 14th, 16th and 17th floors.

Q: Where are the public telephones located?
A: Public telephones are not available in the court.

Q: Where is the Court's information window?
A: The information window is located on the 15th floor.

Q: Where can I call to get information about my case?
A: The Immigration Court Information System telephone number is 1-800-898-7180. This automated system will provide information about your next hearing date, case processing information, decision information, case appeal information and filing information. The information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This information will be provided in either English or Spanish. You must have the alien registration number to obtain the case information.

Q: Where are the hearings conducted for detainees?
A: In person detained hearings are conducted at the Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles Street. Courtrooms are located either on the 4th Floor, Room 4330, or the 8th floor, Room 8547. Tele-video hearings are conducted at 606 South Olive, Los Angeles. Parties having to appear for a tele-video hearing must appear at the 606 South Olive Building.

Q: Do I have to have an attorney?
A: No, but you have the right to have an attorney, at no expense to the government, assist you and represent you in hearings.

Q: I cannot afford an attorney. What should I do?
A: While you have the right to an attorney, one will not be provided. We cannot recommend an attorney but you may wish to use the list of free legal services providers which has the names of free and low cost attorneys and accredited representatives in the area. See under Legal Aid. The list is updated quarterly.

Q: Where are the courtrooms located and what are the courtroom assignments?
A: The courtrooms are located on the 5th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th floors. See the Courtroom Assignments under Visitor Information.

Q: When may the Court's record of proceeding be reviewed?
A: Requests for the review of the record of proceeding by the respondent or the attorney or accredited representative of record should be submitted in writing at the reception window. Many requests for review of the court's records are received each week and, therefore, the review of records of proceeding are scheduled in either one half or one hour increments. Please submit your request well in advance of the scheduled hearing. The judge's court clerk will notify you as to the time and date. Please be prompt.

Q: Where should I go to get fingerprinted by DHS for applications to be filed with the Los Angeles Immigration Court?
A: See the information on Fingerprints under Fees in Additional Information.

Q: Where should I go to pay the fee for applications to be filed with the Los Angeles Immigration Court?:
A: See the information on Fees under Additional Information.

Q: How do I notify the court of my change of address?
A: You must notify the court of any change of address within five days of the change by completing and submitting the form EOIR 33. The form may be obtained in the courtrooms or at the information window on the 15th floor. The form can also be printed from the EOIR Forms page on the Internet.

Q: I don't speak English. Will there be an interpreter at the hearing?
A: The Los Angeles Immigration Court will provide an interpreter in the language that you speak and understand best. During the hearing, the interpreter will provide a full and complete interpretation of the hearing.

Q: What documents should I bring to court?
A: You should bring the Notice to Appear and the hearing notice for each person in proceedings. At the hearing, the Immigration Judge will advise you as to which documents would be beneficial to your case. Be sure to make photocopies of these documents in advance and bring both the originals and photocopies to court.

Q: Will the court make photocopies of documents for me?
A: No, the court cannot provide photocopy services for the public.

Q: Should I bring my children to court?
A: You should bring the children who have received a Notice to Appear to the hearing. The judge will advise you at the hearing as to whether the children in proceedings should attend future hearings.

Q: How can I get work authorization?
A: The Immigration Court does not issue work authorization. You must contact the Department of Homeland Security.


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Courtroom Etiquette
  • Arrive early for your scheduled hearing.
  • If you do not know in which courtroom your hearing is scheduled, go to the 15th floor and look for your name and A-number on the calendars posted on the bulletin boards. When you find your name and A-number, you will find the judge's name, courtroom letter and floor above the calendar.
  • If you cannot find your name on the calendars, go the information window on the 15th floor for assistance.
  • Take the elevators to the assigned floors. Do not attempt to take the stairs as they are alarmed for security purposes.
  • When you arrive on the courtroom floor, be prepared to go through a security checkpoint. Stand in line and proceed through the metal detector, one person at a time.
  • You may not bring in cameras, recording devices, or weapons of any kind, including small pocket knives. Food and drink, except bottled water, are not permitted past the checkpoint. Be prepared to open all purses, bags and briefcases for inspection by the security officer.
  • All telephones and pagers must be turned off or completely silenced and may not be used in the courtrooms, court hallways or the elevator lobbies on the 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th floors.
  • A public telephone is located in the hallway of the courtroom floors.
  • Please keep your voice down while in the court hallways. Hearings are in progress in the courtrooms.
  • If you cannot find the right courtroom, ask the security officer at the checkpoint for assistance.
  • When you find the right courtroom, open the door quietly, enter the courtroom and give your name to the court clerk seated at the desk with the computer.
  • Sit down in the courtroom and wait for your name to be called.
  • You must appear for your hearing even if your attorney does not appear.

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Please read our Privacy and Security Notice

Updated November 2013