Houston – Smith Street Immigration Court

Court Announcements

Internet-Based Hearings Access Information

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.

Contact the Court


Effective February 28, 2022, the location at 1801 Smith Street is not holding hearings. Filings will be accepted on the 14th floor of the Mickey Leland Federal Building, where hearings scheduled for that location will continue. Parties with cases assigned to the 1801 Smith Street location will receive updated hearing notices.

Mickey Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith Street, 14th Floor
Houston, TX 77002


Court Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


1919 Smith Street, 6th floor: 713-751-1514
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).

Court Administrator:

David Hoerber - email: David.R.Hoerber@usdoj.gov

Immigration Judges:

Lisa Luis, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Nimmo Bhagat

Sam Brown IV

Gary E. Endelman

Zahra Jivani Fenelon

Marcos Gemoets

Saul E. Greenstein

Sarah L. Hartnett

Erica R. Hughes

Anwer A. Khan

Bao Q. Nguyen

Georgina M. Picos

Maritza S. Ramos

Lynn W. Wang

Parking and public transit information:

Public parking is available for a fee.

Provide Building access and security information.

Lobby Entrance:

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 

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

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Updated August 21, 2023

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