Memphis Immigration Court

The Memphis 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).

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 EOIR. For more information about those DHS offices, please see the following:

USCIS asylum office

New Orleans Sub-Office of the Houston Asylum Office
2424 Edenborn Avenue, Suite 300
Metairie, LA 70001
This office is a Sub-Office of the Houston Asylum Office. It adjudicates cases in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee and operates within the jurisdiction of the Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Circuit Courts.

USCIS field office

ICE enforcement and removal operations field office

New Orleans Field Office

1250 Poydras Suite 325

New Orleans, LA, 70113

Phone: (504) 599-7800

Area of Responsibility: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee


ICE Office of the Chief Counsel       

News Media/Congressional Inquiries: News media and congressional inquiries regarding the immigration court must be directed to this EOIR office:

Communications and Legislative Affairs Division (CLAD)

5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1902

Falls Church, VA 22041

703-305-0289 (phone)

703-605-0365 (fax)

About the Court


80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 501

Memphis, TN 38103


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST



The Immigration Court does not accept faxes or other electronic submissions unless the transmission was specifically requested by 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 and transit:

There are several pay-to-park garages within one block of the Court. There is also limited metered street parking available.

Bus and trolley service is available.

Building access and security screening process:

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.

Immigration Court Staff

Immigration judges:

Richard J. Averwater
Renae M. Hansell
Rebecca L. Holt
Vernon Benet Miles

Court administrator:

J. Thomas Davis


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


  • 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 to represent aliens in immigration court. More information is available at the following link: eRegistry Notice.
  • Pro Bono Legal Service Provider List: Information on non-profit organizations and attorneys who may be able to provide representation at no cost to the respondent and on referral organizations that refer respondents to pro bono providers is available at the Pro Bono Legal Service Provider List.
  • 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.


Updated March 8, 2019

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