Chicago Immigration Court


COURT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Webex Available (Dec. 11, 2020): Webex Instructions 

Notice (Wednesday July 1, 2020): EOIR to Resume Hearings in Non-Detained Cases at the Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Saipan Immigration Courts (PDF)

Standing Order (June 25, 2020): Regarding Documents Filed via Electronic Mail (PDF)

Standing Order of the Chicago Immigration Court (June 25, 2020):  Regarding Telephonic Appearances (PDF)

Presiding Judges

To find the status of your case and to whom your case is assigned, please check the Automated Case Information System Portal at https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/ or call the Automated Case Information Hotline at 1-800-898-7180 / 304-625-2050 (TDD 800-828-1120). You may also call the immigration court at the phone number listed below.

 

About the Court

The Chicago 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.

(1) Chicago Immigration Court

Address:

525 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607

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

Hours:

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Window hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. The window is closed from 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Phones:

312-697-5800

Parking/Transit:

Building access and security information:

(2) Chicago Immigration Court Satellite Location (Detained):

Address:

536 S. Clark St., Room 340,
Chicago, IL  60605

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

Hours:

Public Hours:  8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Filing Hours:  8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. -4 p.m.

Phones:

312-294-8400

The Immigration Court does not accept faxes or other electronic submissions unless the transmission has been specifically requested by the Immigration Court staff or the Immigration Judge. Unauthorized transmissions are not made part of the record and are discarded without consideration of the document or notice to the sender.

Parking/Transit:

If driving, a public parking garage is located on the corner of Clark and Harrison ($14 early arrival special rate). For public transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line to the LaSalle stop or the Red Line to the Harrison stop.

The Chicago Transit Authority website: www.transitchicago.com 
The Metra train; the LaSalle Street Station (Rock Island Metra line)

Building access and security information:

Lobby Entrance- All visitors enter at the 101 W. Congress Parkway entrance (corner of Clark and W. Congress Parkway.)

Security Procedures – All visitors to the Chicago Immigration Court must undergo security screening through a metal detector machine as well as a handbag screening each time they visit the Immigration Court. Shoes may be required to be removed, if needed. Visitors must not bring any cameras, video or recording equipment.


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PUBLIC HEALTH

Public Health Practices 

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.

  • Face coverings are required in EOIR space at all times. As needed, those children younger than two years old and those individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing such a face covering are exempt from this requirement.
  • 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.
COVID-19 Notice

IMMIGRATION COURT STAFF:

Immigration Judges:

Sheila McNulty, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
Samuel B. Cole Patrick M. McKenna
Elizabeth Crites Samia Naseem
Brendan Curran Jennifer I. Peyton
Craig A. Defoe Robin Rosche
Eliza Klein Kaarina Salovaara
Michael P. Klosowsky Eva S. Saltzman
Joshua D. Luskin  

Court Administrator:

Henry Atkinson (Acting)


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IMMIGRATION COURT PROCEDURES:

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


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HELPFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION


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Updated May 10, 2021

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