Houston Immigration Court


Court Announcements

Webex Available (Dec. 1, 2020): Webex Instructions 

Standing Order (April 3, 2020): Standing Order No. 01 (Protocols Governing Proceedings During the Covid-19 Pandemic)

Standing Order (April 27, 2020): Standing Order No. 02 (Relating to Electronic Filings)

About the Court

The Houston 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.

ADDRESS:

Continental Center II
1801 Smith Street, 9th Floor
Houston, TX 77002

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

Mickey Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith Street, 6th Floor
Houston, TX 77002

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

HOURS:

Window Filing Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The court phones will be answered until 4 p.m.

Phone:

1801 Smith Street: 713-718-3870
1919 Smith Street, 6th floor: 713-751-1514 1919
1919 Smith Street, 14th floor: 713-751-1500

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).

Parking and public transit information:

Public parking is available for a fee.

Provide Building access and security information.

Lobby Entrance:

1801 Smith Street – The lobby is located at the street-level. There are two elevator banks. The elevator banks that are furthest from staircase will take visitors to the court located on the 9th floor. All visitors attending court must proceed through security upon exiting the elevators.

1919 Smith Street - The lobby is located at the street-level. All visitors must pass through security prior to continuing on to the elevators. There are two elevator banks. One set of elevators will take visitors to the 6th floor and the other set will take visitors to the 14th floor.

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. Shoes may be required to be removed, if needed. Food and drinks are not allowed.

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

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IMMIGRATION COURT STAFF:

Immigration Judges:

Lisa Luis, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
Nimmo Bhagat Erica J. McGuirk
Sam Brown IV Bao Q. Nguyen
Gary E. Endelman Joshua D. Osborn
Marcos Gemoets Georgina M. Picos
Saul E. Greenstein Richard D. Walton
Richard A. Jamadar Lynn W. Wang
Anwer A. Khan  

Court Administrator:

Humberto Ramirez


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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 December 2, 2020

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