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Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

IMMIGRATION COURT
Bloomington, Minnesota



Welcome to the Bloomington Immigration Court!

The Bloomington 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

Immigration Court
Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building
1 Federal Drive, Suite 1850
Fort Snelling, MN 55111
Phone:  612-725-3765.

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 Immigration Appeals. The court's caseload is comprised of both detained and non-detained cases.

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 Judge 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.

Court Contacts

Immigration Judges:
Susan E. Castro
William J. Nickerson Jr.
Kristin W. Olmanson

Court Administrator:
Daniel Ponce de Leon



Visitor Information

The Bloomington Immigration Court is located in the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building at 1 Federal Drive, Suite 1850, Fort Snelling, MN 55111. To contact the Immigration Court, call 612-725-3765.

The Immigration Court's business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Filing hours for the Immigration Court are 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.. Documents are not accepted after 4:45 p.m.. Faxed documents are not accepted. The court does not have a drop box for filing after hours.

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 1-240-314-1500.

PLEASE NOTE: The Immigration Court is not part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS District Office is not located in the Immigration Court's building, but is located at 2901 Metro Drive, Suite 100, Bloomington, MN. 55425.

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

Entering the Immigration Court

You will be required to go through a metal detector. All packages, purses and briefcases will be searched by the Security Officer. All knives, tools, tape recorders and cameras are not allowed in the reception area and the courtrooms.

 
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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
 

Directions

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


Additional Information

Record and Tape Requests

Request to review a file or copies of a hearing on audio cassette tape or compact disk (CD) must be made in writing using the Court's Information Request Form. All request must meet the following requirements:
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.
If you require a complete copy of the Record of Proceedings, you must file a FOIA request with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of General Counsel.

Requests for copies of hearing tapes must be made in writing and blank 90 minute tapes must be provided by either parties making the request. You may wish to call the Court first to determine how many blank 90 minutes tapes will be required. If you are making a request for copies of hearings recorded using the Digital Audio Recording system, the Court will provide the CD. Please note that there are two ways of burning a CD – Basic and Advance. If you have access to a personal computer, you will be provided with an Advance CD. If you do not have access to a personal computer, you will be provided with a Basic CD which will allow you to listen to the recording on any CD player.


Filing Documents

FILING DOCUMENTS WITH THE IMMIGRATION COURT

All submissions must conform to the Rules of Procedure for Immigration Judge Proceedings, published in title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations (8 CFR). A copy of 8 CFR is available for review in the Immigration Court. All written material presented to the Court must be submitted on 8 1/2 x 11 paper unless otherwise permitted by the Immigration Judge. All filings including requests for continuances and extensions, minute orders, bond redetermination request, notices of appearance, and applications must be presented to the court receptionist for filing. DOCUMENTS SHOULD NOT BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE IMMIGRATION JUDGE.

Do not leave documents to be filed on the receptionist's counter. All submissions that are hand-carried to the Court must be stamped received and filed by the court receptionist, or they will be returned to the parties as incomplete. All documents must be accompanied by a certificate of service, showing that the filing has been served on the opposing party.

The court will accept a filing by mail (with the exception of Form I-589) or personal service if it conforms to the requirements of 8 CFR. Filings before the Immigration Court requiring a fee must include an Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fee receipt or a request for a fee waiver.

THE IMMIGRATION COURT DOES NOT ACCEPT FEES

The DHS office is located at 2901 Metro Drive. Application fees are paid at the lower level (basement) and documents for the DHS Office of District Counsel may be filed on the 1st floor (Suite 100). Please keep an extra copy of any documents submitted to the DHS for fee stamping. The Court will accept a copy of each fee-stamped document, provided that it is received by the Court prior to the deadline established by the Immigration Judge. Such documents must include proof of service (see the sample Certificate of Service in this packet) on the DHS District Counsel. Please note that the DHS does not provide fee receipts for mailed documents, unless the sender includes a request for a fee receipt, as well as a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

In addition to the filing requirements outlined in 8 CFR, all documents must be two-hole punched at the top, with a table of contents and all pages numbered consecutively. Please refer to the Immigration Court Practice Manual for all filing requirements.

Applications should include the following items:


Application for Asylum, Form I-589:
*only accepted at master calendar by the Immigration Judge
for the Immigration Judge for DHS District Counsel
No fee required No fee required
Original and one copy of the application and supporting documents One copy of the application and supporting documents
One copy of envelope which contained the fingerprint cards sent to the DHS Original fingerprints
One copy of photograph Original photograph
Certificate of Service Copy of Certificate of Service


Application for Suspension of Deportation, Form EOIR-40:
for the Immigration Judge for DHS District Counsel
Fee receipt or written request for fee waiver One copy of fee receipt or request for fee waiver
Original application and supporting documents One copy of application and supporting documents
One copy of Form G-325 (Biographical Info.) Original Form G-325 (with all carbon copies)
One copy of fingerprints FD-258, Fingerprint Card Original fingerprints FD-258, Fingerprint Card
One Copy of photograph Original photograph
Certificate of Service Copy of Certificate of Service


Application for Cancellation of Removal, Form EOIR-42A/42B:
for the Immigration Judge for DHS District Counsel
Fee receipt or written request for fee waiver One copy of fee receipt or request for fee waiver
Original application and supporting documents One copy of application and supporting documents
One copy of Form G-325 (Biographical Info.) Original Form G-325 (with all carbon copies)
One copy of fingerprints FD-258, Fingerprint Card Original fingerprints FD-258, Fingerprint Card
Photograph (only for Form EOIR-42B) Original photograph (only for Form EOIR-42B)
Certificate of Service Copy of Certificate of Service


Application for Adjustment of Status, Form I-485:
for the Immigration Judge for DHS District Counsel
Original of Form I-485 application with fee receipt or written request for fee waiver Copy of Form I-485 application with fee receipt or written request for fee waiver
Original Supplement A (if required) Copy of Supplement A
Copy of visa petition approval notice Copy of visa petition approval notice
Copy of visa petition (if you kept one) Copy of visa petition (if one sent to court)
Certified copy of birth certificate Copy of birth certificate
Original Form I-134 Affidavit of Support Copy of Form I-134 Affidavit of Support
Copy of Form G-325 (Biographical Info.) Original of Form G-325 (with all carbon copies)
[Court does not need a fingerprint card] Form FD-258 Fingerprint card (executed)
Copy of photograph Original photograph
Medical Examination Report in sealed envelope None (Court will give DHS a copy later)
Copy of IRS Form 9003 Original of IRS Form 9003
Certificate of Service Copy of Certificate of Service


Application for Registry, Form I-485:
for the Immigration Judge for DHS District Counsel
Fee receipt or written request for fee waiver One copy of fee receipt or request for fee waiver
Original application and supporting documents One copy of application and supporting documents
One copy of Form G-325 (Biographical Info.) Original Form G-325 (with all carbon copies)
One copy of photograph Original photograph
Certificate of Service Copy of Certificate of Service


Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile, Form I-191:
for the Immigration Judge for DHS District Counsel
Fee receipt or written request for fee waiver One copy of fee receipt or request for fee waiver
Original application and supporting documents One copy of application and documents
One copy of G-325 (Biographical Info.) Original G-325 (with all carbon copies)
One copy of photograph Original photograph
Certificate of Service Copy of Certificate of Service


All other motions for which Immigration Judge has jurisdiction:
for the Immigration Judge for DHS District Counsel
Fee receipt or written request for fee waiver (for motions requiring a fee) One copy of fee receipt or request for fee waiver
Original motion and supporting documents One copy of motion and supporting documents
Original application for any relief being sought One copy of application for any relief being sought
Certificate of Service Copy of Certificate of Service

The mailing address for the Court is:

Immigration Court
Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building
1 Federal Drive, Suite 1850
Fort Snelling, MN 55111

The mailing address for the DHS District Counsel's Office is:

DHS / U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement / Office of Chief Counsel
2901 Metro Drive, Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55425

Attorney Appearances:

In order for an attorney to appear as the Attorney of Record in a case, Form EOIR-28 (Notice of Appearance as Attorney of Record) must be filed with the Immigration Court. A certificate of service, including a copy to the appropriate District Counsel, must accompany the EOIR-28, in conformance with the requirements of 8 CFR. Until an EOIR- 28 is filed, an attorney will not receive notification from the Court regarding an immigration case.

If an attorney appears on behalf of another practitioner and specifies this on the EOIR-28, the attorney for whom the appearance is made will continue to be considered the attorney of record provided that he or she has already submitted an EOIR-28 to the Court.

Detained Aliens and Requests for Bond Redetermination:

Bond redetermination requests can be made to the Court orally or in writing. Requests should be made as far in advance as possible. The bond redetermination hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Foreign Language Documents:

All documents that are in a language other than English must be accompanied by both an English language translation and a certificate signed by the translator. The certificate must include the following statement: "I, (name of translator), certify that I am competent to translate this document, and that the translation is true and accurate to the best of my abilities."

Motions:

A motion will be decided no earlier than ten days after it has been received by the Court to provide response time for the opposing party. (A motion to reopen will be decided no earlier than thirteen days.) Telephonic motions will not be considered.

Filing a motion for a change of venue does not excuse the parties from appearing at a scheduled hearing. If a motion to change venue is filed less than two weeks prior to the hearing date, the motion should be accompanied by a request for a continuance, pending a decision on the motion. In such cases, if the continuance is granted, the case will be rescheduled, and will remain on calendar until the motion is decided.

Requests for Continuances and Extensions:

Either party seeking postponement of a scheduled hearing or an extension of time to file documents with the Court shall file a written request and an Form EOIR-28, if none was filed previously, with certificate of service on the opposing party. The request will be directed to the Immigration Judge assigned to the case. The Court will not entertain telephonic requests for continuances or extensions.

Transcripts:

A transcription of a hearing is made only when an appeal is filed. To review a Record of Proceeding (ROP), with or without transcript, please refer to the guideline below.

FILING DOCUMENTS WITH THE BOARD OF IMMIGRATION APPEALS

Motions and appeals for which the Board of Immigration Appeals has jurisdiction must be filed directly with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), not with the Immigration Court. Fees must be paid to the Board of Immigration Appeals, not the Department of Homeland Security. The address for the Board of Immigration Appeals is:

Executive Office for Immigration Review
Board of Immigration Appeals
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2000
Falls Church, VA 20530

Notice of Appeal of Decision of the Immigration Judge, Form EOIR-26 (revised April '96):
for the BIA for DHS District Counsel
Applicable fee or Appeal Fee Waiver Request (Form EOIR-26 A only) One copy of Appeal Fee Waiver Request if applicable
Original Notice of Appeal One copy of Notice of Appeal
Original Notice of Entry of Appearance (Form EOIR-27) if alien is being represented One copy of Notice of Entry of Appearance
Certificate of Service Copy of Certificate of Service


Motions for which the Board of Immigration Appeals has jurisdiction:
for the BIA for DHS District Counsel
Applicable fee or Appeal Fee Waiver request (Form EOIR 26-A only) for motions requiring a fee) One copy of Appeal Fee Waiver request if applicable
Original motion and supporting documents One copy of motion and supporting documents
Original Application for any relief being sought One copy of Application for any relief being sought
Certificate of Service Copy of Certificate of Service

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the court's hours of operation?
A: The Immigration Court is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The filing hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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 Services Providers is available at the Bloomington 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: 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, a Spanish speaking interpreter will be available to translate for you. If you need an interpreter for another language, the Immigration Judge may use a telephonic interpreter or may have to adjourn your case in order to obtain an interpreter. 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 state?
A: You must notify the Court of any changes 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: What do I do if I don't remember the date and/or time of my hearing?
A: Please call 1-800-898-7180. This is an automated system that allows you to obtain information about your case.

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 scheduled 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 procedure 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. Once the application fee has been paid, the application, along with the fee receipt and/or fee stamp, must be filed with the Bloomington Immigration Court.

Q: Can I fax motions and applications to the court?
A: No, facsimile filings are not available. With the exception of asylum applications which must be filed during a court hearing, the Immigration Court will accept regular submissions by mail or in person filings through the window in advance of the scheduled hearing. Copies of all submissions to the court should also be provided to the Department of Homeland Security, Office of District Counsel. 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. Click here for the Certificate of Service Form.

Q: Is the court open during inclement weather?
A: In extreme inclement weather, you should call the court prior to your hearing. The telephone number is 612-725-3765.


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Courtroom Etiquette

The Immigration Judges in Bloomington encourage all those appearing before them to familiarize themselves with the Immigration Court Practice Manual and to be prepared and ready to go forward with the case on the day of the hearing.

The Immigration Judges also promote the use of the written and oral pleadings formats outlined in the local rules. Upon written motion, the court may permit attorneys to appear telephonically. However, attorneys, particularly those out of state, are encouraged to use the written pleadings format.

The Immigration Judges fully recognize that the proceedings before them are an important undertaking for individuals and families. The Bloomington 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:

  • Please arrive early.
  • Bring your Notice to Appear (NTA) or hearing notice if you have it.
  • Business attire is expected of all representatives and attorneys.
  • No cell phones, beepers, or recording devises are allowed in the courtrooms
  • No food , drinks, or chewing gum are allowed in the courtroom.
  • Whether or not you have an attorney, you must go to your hearing to avoid an order being entered against you in your absence, unless otherwise notified by the Immigration Judge.
  • If you and other family members received Notices to Appear (NTA) for the same date, you must ALL attend the hearings.
  • All documents and EOIR 33's (Change of Address form) must be filed at 1 Federal Drive, Suite 1850, Fort Snelling, MN 55111. Pleadings must contain original signatures.
  • Parents with court hearings, whose 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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