Portland Immigration Court


Court Announcements

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Standing Order 01-20  (May 22, 2020): Special Procedures During The COVID-19 National Emergency.

ABOUT THE COURT

The Portland 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.

ADDRESS:

1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

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

Hours:

Public Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Window Filing Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - noon; 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Phone:

503-326-6341

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

Parking/Transit:

The City of Portland governs the street parking in downtown Portland by parking meters that accept both coins and credit cards. Street parking is limited. There are several parking garages within a few blocks of the Court’s location.

Public Transit is operated by Tri-met:   https://trimet.org

Building Access and Security Screening Process:

 Lobby Entrance

All visitors to the Edith Green / Wendell Wyatt Federal building must undergo a security screening in the building lobby area. All items will pass through an x-ray machine and are subject to manual inspection if deemed necessary. Visitors will pass through a metal detector machine and are subject to additional screening if deemed necessary. 

 Security Procedures

All persons wishing to access the facility will be required to provide U.S. government or state identification, or a PIV agency card. 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. Phones and electronic devices  must be silenced in the court lobby. Phones and other wireless devices should be turned off before entering courtrooms. Security officers may inspect electronic equipment and conduct additional screening if deemed necessary or instructed to do so by the court.

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

Any materials or object of any kind that could be used as a weapon are prohibited.


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Public Health

Public Health Practices 

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.

  • Face coverings are required in EOIR space at all times. As needed, those children younger than two years old and those individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing such a face covering are exempt from this requirement.
  • 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.
COVID-19 Notice

IMMIGRATION COURT STAFF

Immigration Judges:

Theresa M. Scala, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
Mindy Hoeppner
Kathy J. Lemke
Richard Zanfardino

Court Administrator:

Michael M. John


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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 AND INFORMATION


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Updated May 6, 2021

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