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Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

IMMIGRATION COURT
San Antonio, Texas



Welcome to the San Antonio Immigration Court!

The San Antonio 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 San Antonio Immigration Court has jurisdiction over cases arising in the San Antonio and Laredo areas.

Court Contacts

Immigration Judges:
Hon. Margaret D. Burkhart
Hon. Gary D. Burkholder
Hon. Craig Harlow
Hon. Anibal D. Martinez
Hon. Glenn P. McPhaul
Hon. Bertha A. Zuniga

Court Administrator:
Marion Hicks

The San Antonio Immigration Court has additional hearing locations at the following: For persons detained at DHS contract detention facility in Laredo and Pearsall, Texas, hearings are held via televideo at:
800 Dolorosa Street
San Antonio, Texas.



Visitor Information

The San Antonio Immigration Court is located at 800 Dolorosa Street, Suite 300, San Antonio, TX 78207. For Directions to the Court, we have provided a link to a free mapping service.

The Immigration Court is open to receive documents for filing from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 12:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. each business day. No documents will be accepted after 4:15 p.m.. The court does not have a drop box for after hours filing.

To contact the court, call 210-472-6637. 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 - San Antonio, Texas. For your convenience, we have also provided a link to a free mapping service.


Additional Information

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. Blank audio tapes must accompany the request.

 
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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
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need an attorney?
A: You may obtain an attorney, at your own expense. A list of free legal service providers is available at the court and by clicking here. Whether to obtain an attorney or accredited representative or to speak/represent yourself is a personal decision which you must make.

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 while proceedings are pending. Form EOIR-33, is the appropriate form you must file with the court to inform of any address change. The form is available from the clerk or the Immigration Judge. However, simply filing a form EOIR-33 will NOT automatically change the location of the hearing.

Q: Will there be an interpreter present if I do not 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 adjourn your case in order to obtain an interpreter.

Q: Where can I obtain USCIS forms?
A: USCIS forms are available on the internet, at the local USCIS office, and some forms may be available at the court.

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 fees for applications. All application fees are paid to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) located at 8940 Fourwinds Dr., San Antonio, Texas.

Q: Where do I pay a bond?
A: All bonds are paid with the USCIS Detention and Deportation at the USCIS building located at 8940 Fourwinds Dr., San Antonio, Texas. You may also pay bonds at any USCIS District Office and at the Laredo CCA.

Q: When I file my documents with the court, can I leave USCIS' copies with you?
A: No. Documents served on the court must also be served on the USCIS trial attorneys. Their mailing address is 8940 Fourwinds Drive, 5th Floor, San Antonio, Tx 78239 .

Q: How can I speak to a Judge about my case?
A: The Immigration Judges do not speak to individual respondents about their case. The respondent should consult with his/her attorney or write a letter to the Judge.

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 210-472-6637.


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Courtroom Etiquette
  • Please arrive early.
  • Business attire is expected of all representatives and attorneys.
  • No cell phones, beepers, or recording devises are allowed in the courtroom.
  • No food, drinks, or chewing gum are allowed in the courtroom.
  • Even if you do not have an attorney, you must go to your hearing to avoid an order being entered against you in your absence.
  • All documents must be filed at 800 Dolorosa Street, Suite 300, San Antonio, Texas 78207.
  • Parents with court hearings, whose young children are not in proceedings, are asked, if possible, to have a responsible adult wait with the children outside the courtroom.

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