Miami Immigration Court

Court Announcements

Dedicated Docket (July 19, 2021): The Miami Immigration Court is one of the courts with a Dedicated Docket announced on May 28, 2021. For cases assigned to this Docket, immigration judges will work to issue a decision within 300 days of the initial master calendar hearing. Families may qualify if they are apprehended between ports of entry on or after Friday, May 28, 2021, placed in removal proceedings, and enrolled in Alternatives to Detention (ATD).

Internet-Based Hearings Access Information

About the Court

The Miami 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


One Riverview Square
333 S. Miami Avenue, Suite 700
Miami, FL 33130

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


Court Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.   

Window Filing Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Court Administrator:

Jorge Rodriguez - email:

Immigration Judges:

Elisa M. Sukkar, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Scott G. Alexander

Michelle C. Araneta

Thomas M. Ayze

Javier Balasquide

Abraham L. Burgess

Timothy M. Cole

Daniel J. Dowell

Madeline Garcia

Deborah Goodwin

Lakshmi Srinivasan Herman

Dalin Holyoak

Michael C. Horn

Denise A. Marks Lane

Anthony Maingot

Stephen E. Mander

Lourdes Martinez-Esquivel

Rene Mateo

Ian D. Midgley

Marsha K. Nettles

Irene M. Recio

Christine Lluis Reis

Christian Pressman

Jose A. Rivera-Ortiz

Lourdes Rodriguez de Jongh

Benjamin Rosen

Rico M. Sogocio

Lilliana Torreh-Bayouth

Maria T. Ubarri

Michael G. Walleisa

Parking and public transit information:  

The facility has public parking adjacent to the building at cost.

Building Access and Security Screening Process: All visitors to the immigration court must undergo security screening through a magnetometer and personal items are X-rayed each time they visit the immigration court. Secondary inspection may be required for those who do not pass the primary inspection. The secondary inspection does include enhanced screening (wanding) of the visitor and the X-ray of the visitor’s shoes. As this is a commercial building, we have security screening on all courtroom floors. Elevator access to the immigration courts begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. No visitors are permitted on our floors once security has left for the day.


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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 May 2, 2023

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