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Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

IMMIGRATION COURT
San Diego, California



Welcome to the San Diego Immigration Court!

The San Diego 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

U.S. Immigration Court
401 West "A" Street, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone:  619-557-6052

Court Contacts

Immigration Judges:
Richard J. Bartolomei, Jr.
Jesus Clemente
Ignacio P. Fernandez
Jr., Henry Ipema
Philip S. Law
Renee L. Renner

Court Administrator:
Gracie Gray (Acting)



Visitor Information

The U.S. Immigration Court in San Diego is located at 401 West "A" Street, Suite 800 in Downtown San Diego at the corner of West "A" Street and Columbia Street. The telephone number is 619-557-6052.

Public office hours are 7:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The filing window closes promptly at 3:30 p.m.

The Court does not accept faxes.

The Court does not provide copy services. All copies needed for court or for filing documents must be prepared prior to coming to the Court.


Directions

Directions to the Court, we have provided a link to a free mapping service.




Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are you located?
A: The U.S. Immigration Court in San Diego is located at 401 West "A" Street, Suite 800 in Downtown San Diego at the corner of West "A" Street and Columbia Street. The telephone number is 619-557-6052.

Q: What is your mailing / shipping address?
A: U.S. Immigration Court
401 West "A" Street
Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101

Q: What are your hours?
A: Public office hours are 7:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The filing window closes promptly at 3:30 p.m.

 
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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
 

Q: Do you accept faxes?
A: The Court does not accept faxes.

Q: Do you provide copy services?
A: The Court does not provide copy services. All copies needed for court or for filing documents must be prepared prior to coming to the Court.

Q: How do I request a bond hearing?
A: A bond hearing can be scheduled by calling the Court at 619-557-6052 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and stating that you want a bond hearing. After calling the court and getting a date and time for your bond hearing, you must call the DHS District Counsel's Office at 619-557-5578, and inform them that you have scheduled a bond hearing. Your bond hearing will be set for the next available bond calendar which is usually the same day at 1:00pm. Bond hearings are conducted at the Detention Facility located at 448 Alta Road in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego County about one hour southeast of downtown San Diego. Bond hearings are normally conducted Monday through Thursday. If the bond docket is experiencing a high number of bond redetermination requests, the bond hearing may be set for a later date and time.

Q: Where do I pay filing fees?
A: The Court does not accept filing fees. Filing fees must be paid at the DHS Office located at:
1261 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, California 91911

The DHS office phone number in Chula Vista is 619-407-3851. Any required filing fee must be paid prior to filing the document with the court. The receipt indicating payment should be attached to the front page of the document.

Q: What is the address and telephone number of the DHS District Counsel's Office?
A: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
District Counsel's Office
Schwartz Federal Building
880 Front Street
Room 2246
San Diego, California, 92101
Phone: 619-557-5578

Q: Where are cases for detained respondents heard?
A: Respondents who are detained in DHS custody and who have been scheduled for a hearing before an Immigration Judge are heard at the East Mesa Immigration Court at 446 Alta Road San Diego, CA 92158.



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