Houston Service Processing Center
Welcome to the Houston Service Processing Center!
The Houston Service Processing Center 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
The Houston Service Processing Center has three sitting Immigration Judges.
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 has 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.
The Houston Service Processing Center is located at 5520 Greens Road, between J.F. Kennedy and Hwy. 59 North. To access the court visitors should press the first intercom podium button to speak to proper authority. Upon entering the facility court parking is to your immediate left for those having business with the court. Visitors should enter the building through the Front Lobby and check in with CCA officer. Visitors must have a valid picture ID.
The Court is open to receive documents for filing from 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Window is closed from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. for filings. To contact the court, call 281-594-5600 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For information after hours call the automated system at 1-800-898-7180.
Following are directions to the Service Processing Center - Houston, Texas. For your convenience, we have also provided a link to a free mapping service.
Directions from U.S. 59 North/Downtown:
Merge onto 59 North. Continue on 59 North for approximately 14 miles. Take the Greens Road exit. Turn left onto Greens Road. Turn left onto Vickery Drive. Turn left onto Consulate Plaza Drive. Turn Right onto Export Plaza Drive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I find my courtroom?
A: The Houston Service Processing Center currently houses two Immigration Judges. All visitors should check in with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) personnel. The CCA receptionist has a court docket for both Judges and will direct visitors to the appropriate courtroom.
Q: Do I have to have a lawyer?
A: No. You may elect to proceed without a lawyer if you choose to do so. However, it is strongly recommended that you retain or consult with counsel prior to your hearing. The Department of Homeland Security will have an attorney present to represent them.
Q: Will there be an interpreter present if I don't speak English?
A: At your first master calendar hearing, it is likely that there will be a Spanish interpreter available to translate for you. After your first hearing, the Court will arrange for a certified interpreter in your native language to be available at any subsequent hearings.
Q: What will happen at my hearing?
A: Whether you proceed with or without a lawyer, the Immigration Judge will advise you of your rights. The Judge will advise you of the purpose of the proceedings and why you have been placed in deportation/removal proceedings by the Department of Homeland Security. The Judge will further advise you that you will have a reasonable opportunity to examine and object to the evidence against you, to present evidence on your own behalf, and to cross examine witnesses presented by the government. The Judge will place you under oath and read the factual allegations and the charges in the Notice to Appear (NTA) and explain them to you. You have a right to legal representation of your choice without any expense to the Government. Additionally, the Judge will ask you whether or not the factual allegations contained in the NTA are true. If you do not agree that you are subject to removal or deportation, the Immigration Judge will conduct a hearing to determine the issue of removability. Once removability is established, the Immigration Judge will advise you of any discretionary relief that may be available and allow you an opportunity to submit the appropriate applications for relief.
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 schedule 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 procedures for requesting a fee waiver are found at 8 C.F.R. § 103.7(c).
Q: What will happen at the conclusion of my hearing?
A: The Immigration Judge will enter a decision in your case which may be oral or written. You will have the opportunity to appeal this decision if you so choose. If you wish to appeal, form EOIR 26 (Notice to Appeal) must be received by the Board of Immigration Appeals within 30 days of the Immigration Judge's decision.
Q: Where do I pay fees for applications?
A: The Immigration Court does not accept fees for applications. All application fees are paid to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office located at 126 Northpoint Drive, Room 2020, Houston, Texas 77060. If you have questions about fees or service of documents, call 1-800-375-5283.
The Immigration Judges at the Houston Service Processing Center encourage all of those appearing before the Court 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.
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