The Sacramento 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:
- USCIS Asylum Office (San Fransisco)
- USCIS Field Office
- ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Field Office
- ICE Office of the Chief Counsel
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
About the Court
John Moss Federal Building
650 Capitol Mall, Suite 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Please see Google Maps for a map and directions to the immigration court.
Opening for Filings Only
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through FridayPhone:
There is no parking available in the John E. Moss Federal Building for the general public. Metered street parking is nearby. Two commercial parking lots, open and covered, are within walking distance to the building. Public transit is available via SacRT. The light rail train and buses stop on the 8th Street side of the building.
Building Access and Security Screening Process:
All visitors to the John E. Moss 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. Please allow for additional time to go through the security screening process.
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 objects of any kind that could be used as a weapon are prohibited.
IMMIGRATION COURT STAFF:
|Theresa M. Scala, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge|
|William David Neumeister|
|Christopher V. Phan|
|Gilda M. Terrazas|
Michael M. John (Acting)
IMMIGRATION COURT PROCEDURES:
For information regarding procedures for practice before the immigration courts, please see the Immigration Court Practice Manual.
Standing Order (April 22, 2020): Standing Order Relating to Special Procedures During the COVID-19 National Emergency.
- 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 (San Francisco).
- 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:
- EOIR Notice, “Do Not Be a Victim of Immigration Fraud: ‘Notarios,’ Visa Consultants, and Immigration Consultants are NOT Attorneys – They CANNOT Represent You in Immigration Court” (July 22, 2009).
- Fact Sheet, “EOIR’s Programs to Fight Fraud, Abuse, and Ineffective Representation in Immigration Proceedings” (March 2016).
- 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.