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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).

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


  • Court Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Window Filing Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.




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.

Assistant Chief Immigration Judge*

Elisa M. Sukkar - in person

  • Clerk: Tony Morris

Staff Assistant or Alternate POC

Florencio (Tony) Morris

Court Administrator

Jorge Rodriguez

Immigration Judges

  • Scott G. Alexander - in person
    • Clerk: Yvonne Foreman
  • Michelle C. Araneta - in person
    • Clerk: Karla Jarquin
  • Thomas M. Ayze - in person
    • Clerk: Rosa Hidalgo-Arrocha
  • Javier Balasquide - in person
    • Clerk: Joshua Guevara
  • Abraham L. Burgess - in person
    • Clerk: Marlene Arauz
  • Daniel J. Dowell - in person
    • Clerk: Lina Angarita
  • Madeline Garcia - internet-based
    • Clerk: Claudia Montealegre
  • Lakshmi Srinivasan Herman - internet-based
    • Clerk: Pilar Silva
  • Dalin Holyoak - in person
    • Clerk: Krystle Estrada
  • Michael C. Horn - in person
    • Clerk: Lorena Scott
  • Rohit Khanna - in person
    • Clerk: Bryshawna Otto 
  • Denise A. Marks Lane - internet-based
    • Clerk: Alain Vidal
  • Anthony Maingot - in person
    • Clerk: Sharvette Edwards
  • Stephen E. Mander - internet-based
    • Clerk: Virginia LaFontant
  • Lourdes Martinez-Esquivel - in person
    • Clerk: Julia Martinez
  • Rene Mateo - in person
    • Clerk: Silvia Mcneil
  • Ian D. Midgley - in person
    • Clerk: Edward Nugent
  • Marsha K. Nettles - internet-based
    • Clerk: Venus Hall
  • Monica Neumann - in person
    • Clerk: Michael Coello
  • Christian Pressman - in person
    • Clerk: Yasmin Diaz
  • Irene M. Recio - internet-based
    • Clerk: Veronicah Rodriguez-Barahona
  • Christine Lluis Reis - in person
    • Clerk: Theresa Coleman
    • Jose A. Rivera-Ortiz - in person
      • Clerk: Zoraida Arbelo
    • Lourdes Rodriguez de Jongh - internet-based
      • Clerk: Equan Lindo
    • Rico M. Sogocio - in person
      • Clerk: Jacqueline Benitez
    • Lilliana Torreh-Bayouth - internet-based
      • Clerk: Ericka Smith
    • Maria T. Ubarri - internet-based; in person every Tuesday
      • Clerk: Anabel Villarruel
    • Michael G. Walleisa - in person
      • Clerk: Judith Medina

    Supervisory Legal Administrative Specialists

    Annette Anillo

    Ashley Faundez

    Madelaine Fiorani-Asesor

    Monique Gabriel

    Diana Garavito

    Eve Marie Givans-Martinez

    Juan Medina-Vilaro

    Vanessa Murillo

    Bailda Pena

    Legal Assistants

    Alexander Amend

    Martha Granados

    Ralph Sturla

    Support Services Specialist

    Lena Alom

    *Backup Assistant Chief Immigration Judge: H. Kevin Mart

    Public Health

    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.

    Immigration Court Procedures

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

    Helpful Links and Information 

    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 1800
    Falls Church, VA 22041
    703-305-0289 (phone)

    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.


    Attorneys and accredited representatives are required to register with EOIR in order to represent respondents in immigration court. More information is available at the following link: eRegistry Validation Process.

    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.


    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 document:


    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 April 2, 2024