New York – Federal Plaza Immigration Court

New York City, New York

About the Court | Immigration Court Staff | Immigration Court Procedures | Helpful Links

The New York – Federal Plaza 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)

About the Court


26 Federal Plaza, 12th Floor, Room 1237
New York, NY 10278




8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Window Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Immigration Judges:

Khalilah Taylor, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
Noel A. Brennan Maria Lurye
Olivia L. Cassin Michael G. McFarland
Amit Chugh Barbara A. Nelson
Raisa Cohen Brian T. Palmer
Evalyn P. Douchy Laura N. Pierro
L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens Cathy Sagesse
Samuel M. Factor Douglas B. Schoppert
Lena Golovnin Alice Segal
Cynthia Gordon Helen Sichel
Vivienne E. Gordon-Uruakpa John J. Siemietkowski
Dorothy Harbeck Rantideva Singh
Howard C. Hom Oshea Denise Spencer
Amiena A. Khan Jem C. Sponzo
Deborah E. Klahr Donald Thompson
Theodora N. Kouris Mimi Tsankov
Frederic G. Leeds Virna Wright
F. James Loprest Jr. Randa Zagzoug

Court Administrator:

Tina Barrow (Acting)

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

New York Standing Order (May 1, 2020)

Standing Order (May 8, 2020):  Standing Order Relating to Filings for Cases Adjourned Due to COVID-19

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  • 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 (New York).
  • 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 June 4, 2020

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