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Arlington Immigration Court


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The Arlington 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.

Arlington Immigration Court:

1901 South Bell Street, Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22202

Please see Google Maps for a map and directions to the immigration court.


Window Filing Hours: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The court's phones will be answered until 5 p.m.



The immigration court does not accept faxes, unless immigration court staff or the immigration judge specifically requests one. Unauthorized transmissions are not made part of the record and are discarded without consideration of the document or notice to the sender.  Further, the only electronic submissions permitted are EOIR-28 forms unless such transmission is specifically requested. Immigration Court Practice Manual, 3.1(a)(vii).


There is street parking as well as paid parking garages in close proximity to the court in the PMI garage as well as other vendors. The closest metro is the Crystal City stop on the blue and yellow lines. Virginia Railway Express provides commuter rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, D.C., along the I-66 and I-95 corridors.

Building Access and Security Screening Process:

All visitors to the immigration court must undergo security screening through a magnetometer and personal items are X-rayed each time they visit the immigration court. Secondary inspection may be required for those who do not pass the primary inspection. The secondary inspection does include enhanced screening (wanding) of the visitor and the X-ray of the visitor’s shoes. As this is a commercial building, we have security screening on all three floors. Elevator access to the immigration courts begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. No visitors are permitted on our floors once security has left for the day.

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Public Health Practices 

Consistent with public health officials’ guidance, EOIR has implemented practices to help to protect all people working in and visiting EOIR spaces throughout the country. Please see the agency’s Public Health Notice for more information.

EOIR operates within a variety of settings across the country, most commonly in federal or leased buildings controlled by the General Services Administration and detention facilities operated by the Department of Homeland Security. All visitors to any building or facility in which an EOIR operation is located are required to comply with all relevant laws or policies governing access to those buildings or facilities. Individuals who do not comply with any relevant laws or policies may be denied access to or asked to leave the building or facility. Individuals seeking to visit any building or facility in which an EOIR operation is located are encouraged to contact the building or facility in advance to determine any relevant policies or laws related to entry.

The immigration court has put into place procedures to implement the guidance of public health officials. Please take note of the information below and be prepared to follow these and any additional instructions provided to you when you arrive for your hearing.

  • Be prepared – have a mask available. Face coverings may be required in the courtroom if directed by the presiding immigration judge. As necessary and when appropriate, individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering should alert the judge to their situation.
  • To maintain appropriate social distancing and best facilitate hearings, you may be asked to move or leave a particular area.
  • Waiting times to enter the building and EOIR space may be significantly longer than usual. Make arrangements to arrive in advance of your hearing so you arrive to the courtroom on time.
  • Social distancing (maintaining a distance of six feet from those with whom you do not live) is required.
    • Please remember this while choosing to enter an elevator. Elevator wait times may be significantly longer than usual for this reason.
    • In EOIR space, staff or signs may direct you to a seat. If instructed to sit in a particular location, do not switch seats.
  • Please do not bring people with you into EOIR space unless they are required to be present for your hearing. Remember that the immigration court may limit entry.

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Immigration Judges:

Rebecca J. Walters, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
John Cody Barnes Paul A. McCloskey
John M. Bryant Francisco Mendez
Lawrence O. Burman Deepali (Dee) Nadkarni
Raphael Choi Helaine R. Perlman
Roxanne C. Hladylowycz Thomas Snow
Christina M. Jimenez Emmett D. Soper
Wynne P. Kelly Karen Donoso Stevens
Lolita M. Lukose Cynthia S. Torg  
Elisa Manuel  

Court Administrator:

Natalie Meyers

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For information regarding procedures for practice before the immigration courts, please review the Immigration Court Practice Manual.

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Updated August 8, 2022