Kansas City Immigration Court


The Kansas City 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.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are therefore separate from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). For more information about those DHS offices, please see the following links:

 

News Media/Congressional Inquiries: News media and congressional inquiries regarding the immigration court must be directed to the EOIR Communications and Legislative Affairs Division (CLAD):

Communications and Legislative Affairs Division
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1902
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-305-0289 (phone)
703-605-0365 (fax)
PAO.EOIR@usdoj.gov

 

ABOUT THE COURT

ADDRESS:

2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 525
Kansas City, MO 64108

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

Hours:

Public Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

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

Phone:

816-581-5000

The immigration court is open to receive documents for filing each business day. No documents will be accepted after 4 p.m.

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 do not become part of the record and are discarded without consideration of the document or notice to the sender.

Parking/Transit:

There is pay to park in the building's garage. There is also limited metered street parking available around the building and within one block of the court.

Parking garage
http://www.kcata.org/

Building Access and Security Screening Process:

Lobby Entrance

The court is in a building with a public-access lobby. Visitors will be screened by security upon arrival on the 5th floor. Proper identification is required.

Security Procedures

Visitors can expect to present photo identification to security upon arrival to the court. Respondents without photo identification can present their court hearing notice to security. 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.

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


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IMMIGRATION COURT STAFF

Immigration Judges:

Justin W. Howard

 
Jayme Salinardi  

Court Administrator:

Betty A. Jones


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IMMIGRATION COURT PROCEDURES

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


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HELPFUL LINKS

  • Holidays and Emergencies: The immigration court is open Monday to Friday except for federal holidays. The Office of Personnel Management publishes a list of the observed dates of every federal holiday by year online at this link: OPM holidays. Additionally, the court may have to unexpectedly close due to inclement weather or another emergency. When necessary, information on immigration court closures or changes to the immigration court’s operating hours is available at the following links: (1) Twitter and (2) Facebook.
  • eRegistry: Attorneys and accredited representatives are required to register with EOIR in order to represent aliens in immigration court. More information is available at the following link: eRegistry Notice (Kansas City).
  • Legal Self-Help Center: The EOIR, Office of Legal Access Programs has created numerous self-help materials with many helpful resources for respondents, including information on what to do if respondents have moved or missed a hearing.
  • Notarios: EOIR warns respondents about immigration fraud perpetrated by notarios who claim to provide legal assistance but are unable to represent respondents in immigration court, provide legal services, or give legal advice. For more information, please see the following documents:
  • Appeals: Immigration court decisions are first appealable to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Instructions on how to file an appeal and the Appeals Form EOIR-26, Notice of Appeal from a Decision of an Immigration Judge, are available   online in the E-26 and appeal instructions. The BIA website contains more information on the appeals process and procedure.
  • Virtual Law Library: The EOIR Virtual Law Library (VLL) contains many other legal resources and country conditions research resources as well as other reference materials.
  • Observing court: Generally, immigration court proceedings are open to the public. An overview of when immigration court hearings might be closed as well as general guidelines for behavior when observing immigration court hearings are available at the following link: Observing Immigration Court Hearings. Note, the use of electronic devices, including audio/visual recordings of hearings and taking photographs, is prohibited in immigration court.

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Updated January 14, 2020

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