Elizabeth Immigration Court


 

Court Announcements

Webex Available (March 17, 2021): Webex Instructions

SUPERSEDING ORDER (May 1, 2020): This order herby supersedes a Standing Order issued and signed on March 19, 2020: Telephonic Appearances and Requests to Continue due to COVID-19 Concerns in Cases before the Elizabeth immigration Court.

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

ADDRESS:

The Elizabeth Immigration Court falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is a component of the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

625 Evans Street, Room 148A
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

CONTACT NUMBER:

908-787-1355

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

This immigration court does not accept faxes. 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).

Parking/transit:

This immigration court is located in a Department of Homeland Security controlled detention facility. For information about the facility, including entry, please visit the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility website.

Building access and security information:

All visitors to the immigration court must undergo a security screening through a metal detector machine as well as a handbag screening each time they visit the immigration court.

A valid government issued form of identification is required to obtain a visitor pass. Shoes may be required to be removed, if needed.

Visitors must not bring any cameras, video, or recording equipment.

Public Health

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 COURT STAFF:

Immigration Judges:

David Cheng, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
Jason L. Pope
Pallavi S. Shirole
Mirlande Tadal

Court Administrator:

Paul Friedman


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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 26, 2021

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