Salt Lake City Immigration Court

IMMIGRATION COURT
Salt Lake City, Utah


Welcome to the Salt Lake City Immigration Court!

The Salt Lake City 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.

Our court has made a commitment to provide access to information through the Internet in order to service the needs of the public.

Our goal is to provide the most current and accurate information available to those needing to appear before an Immigration Judge and to provide this information in a user-friendly fashion.

Please note: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) are separate organizations.


About the Court

Mission Statement - United States Immigration Court

" To conduct Immigration Hearings in order to fairly
   and expeditiously determine those individuals who
are entitled to be present in the United States
   while ensuring the dignity of all participants."

Salt Lake City Immigration Court Address:

Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration Court
2975 South Decker Lake Drive, Suite 200
West Valley City, UT 84119-6094

Salt Lake City Immigration Court Telephone:

801-524-3000

Public parking is available.

Visitors must pass through security screening. Prohibited items (such as small pocket knives) are confiscated and not returned.

Court Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Window Hours:  8:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Documents will not be accepted after 4:00 p.m. The Court does not have a drop box for after hours filing.

To contact the Court, call 801-524-3000. For information after hours regarding application deadlines, hearing dates and times, call the Immigration Court's automated system at 1-800-898-7180.

The Salt Lake City Immigration Court adjudicates cases that arise in the state of Utah, and some surrounding areas, as well as cases from all over the United States that are granted a change of venue to Salt Lake City.

Court Staff

  Judges and Courtroom Assignments:

Judge Courtroom
    Hon. David C. Anderson 3
    Hon. Glen R. Baker 2

The Immigration Judges are responsible for conducting formal court proceedings. They act independently in their decision-making capacity. Their decisions are administratively final, unless appealed or certified to the Board of Immigration Appeals. The Salt Lake City Immigration Court's caseload is comprised of both detained and non-detained cases.

In addition to determining whether individuals are admissible (i.e., should be permitted to enter the United States) or deportable (i.e., should be removed from the United States), the Immigration Judges have jurisdiction to consider applications for various forms of relief from removal. These include applications for such relief as asylum, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal and waivers of inadmissibility.

Court Administrator:
    Alec Revelle (Acting)

The Court Administrator is responsible for all Immigration Court matters not directly pertaining to judicial matters and conduct of courtroom hearings. Court Administrator responsibilities include court and case management, facility management, personnel management, all other administrative functions, safety and security, and public affairs.

Court Staff:
Dell Thorbs --- Legal Assistant
Jorge Bustos -- Legal Assistant
Nuvia Recinos – Legal Assistant
Debbie Anderson – Legal Assistant
Tina Zisumbo -- Legal Assistant
Steven Mallery – Legal Assistant
Gabriela Grostic – Interpreter

Visitor Information

Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration Court
2975 South Decker Lake Drive, Suite 200
West Valley City, UT 84119
Phone:  801-524-3000

Instructions for First Time Visitors

  • When you arrive you will need to go through a security checkpoint. Please stand in line and proceed through the metal detector one person at a time. Be prepared to open all purses, bags and briefcases for inspection by the security officer.
  • Look for your name and A number on the calendars posted just outside each courtroom door. You may ask the security guard for assistance.
  • No food or drinks, including coffee, are allowed in the courtrooms. Bottled water is permitted. All telephones and pagers must be turned off or completely silenced and may not be used in the courtrooms or in the public waiting area.
  • When you find the right courtroom, open the door, go in and give your name to the court clerk seated at the desk with the computer.
  • Sit down in the courtroom and wait for your name to be called.

Notice to All Visitors

  • All telephones and pagers must be turned off or completely silenced and may not be used in the courtrooms or the public waiting area.
  • No food and no drinks, including coffee, are allowed in the courtrooms. Bottled water is permitted.
  • Due to Fire Marshall and court security requirements regarding the Immigration Court Waiting Area, there is a restriction placed upon the number of people that can be allowed to remain in the Waiting Area.
  • No more than 35 people, standing or seated, will be allowed to remain in the Immigration Court Waiting Area at any time.
  • To facilitate maintaining order in the Waiting Area and efficiency in the flow of traffic in and out of the Courtroom, Respondents are asked leave the Courtroom when their case is finished being heard.
  • Children may not be left unattended in the Waiting Area. Court staff are not responsible for the care of children in the Courtroom or the Waiting Area.
  • The Immigration Court security guard is tasked to monitor and implement the provisions of these guidelines. All visitors must follow the directions of the Immigration Court security guard.
  • Smoking: This building is designated as a No-Smoking building. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building.

Additional Information

Fingerprints

Certain applications, including the Application for Political Asylum (form I-589), the Application for Adjustment of Status (I-485), the Application for Suspension of Deportation (form EOIR-40) and the Application for Cancellation of Removal (form EOIR-42A/42B) require complying with the CIS Biometrics and Biographic information instructions.

An attorney from the DHS Chief Counsel’s office will serve the respondent a copy of the instruction sheet concerning biometric/biographic information at the respondent’s immigration hearing when/if the respondent states their intent to file an application for relief.

After complying with the CIS Biometrics and Biographic instructions, return to the Salt Lake City Immigration Court on your scheduled hearing date with all required original applications and supporting documents, properly completed, and the fee notice receipt. Bring the DHS biometrics confirmation as proof that biometrics have been taken.

Fees

Where to pay the fee to DHS for applications to be filed with the Salt Lake City Immigration Court:

The Biometrics Instruction Sheet served upon the respondent in Immigration Court by DHS Counsel designates the proper filing method for applications and how to pay fees. These steps must be followed as outlined in the instruction sheet and mailed to the USCIS Texas Service Center:

  • Clear copy of entire application/form
  • Proper application fee or Judge’s order granting fee waiver
  • Mandatory USCIS biometrics fee
  • Copy of form EOIR-28 (Notice of Entry of Attorney or Representative)
  • A copy of the Biometrics Instruction Sheet

Return to the Salt Lake City Immigration Court and submit your original application and fee receipts to the Court as directed by the Immigration Judge. Complete copies must be served on DHS Counsel.

Contacting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The Immigration Court is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. It is NOT part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or any of its agencies. However, the following information is provided for your convenience.

DHS / Office of Chief Counsel:
Office of Chief Counsel
2975 Decker Lake Drive, Stop C
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
801-886-7301

DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement /Enforcement and Removal Operations: (ICE/ERO):
DHS/ICE/ERO
2975 Decker Lake Drive, Stop A
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
801-886-7400

DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS):
National Customer Service Center: 1-800-375-5283
Forms Request Line: 1-800-870-3676
Online: www.uscis.gov

Common Terms and Definitions

MASTER CALENDAR

The Master Calendar hearing is a respondent’s opportunity to speak to an immigration judge about his or her case. At the Master Calendar, many respondents are scheduled to appear in court at the same time. The Master Calendar allows the immigration judge to determine certain important facts about each case, and whether a respondent’s case will be set for an Individual Calendar Hearing. For many respondents the Master Calendar hearing is the first time they will appear in the immigration court.

At the Master Calendar, all respondents/applicants not represented by counsel will have their rights explained by the judge, who will provide them with an opportunity to seek counsel/representative at the respondent's / applicant's own expense. For those who are represented, the judge establishes representation for the record by ensuring that the attorney or representative has filed the appropriate notice of appearance form (Form EOIR-28) with the Immigration Court and ensures that the respondent/applicant has been fully advised by counsel of his/her rights.

The judge usually completes simple issue cases at the Master Calendar Hearing. For more complex cases, the judge uses the Master Calendar Hearing to establish whether or not deportability or admissibility of the respondent/applicant is a contested issue. Often deportability or admissibility is established by the respondent's admission of the charges contained in the charging document. Where contested, the party having the burden of proof must prove deportability or admissibility. Once established, the judge explores with the unrepresented respondent/applicant the types of discretionary relief which may be available or has the respondent's/applicant's attorney/representative indicate the relief sought.

FORMS OF RELIEF

The immigration laws provide a variety of forms of potential relief from removal ranging from simple grants of voluntary departure to complex waivers of deportation or removal. All such forms of relief, however, are granted or denied within the Immigration Judge's discretion.

Voluntary Departure

Voluntary departure enables a respondent to leave the country at his/her own expense within a time limit specified by the judge. This form of relief may allow the respondent to reenter the United States after voluntarily departing, if the proper visa for reentry is obtained. This form of relief, while common, is significant, as an order of deportation or removal bars the respondent from reentering the United States for a period of years from the date of removal, unless granted a waiver by the U.S. Government.

Asylum

Another form of relief is a request for asylum. To be granted asylum, the respondent/applicant must prove he/she has a well-founded fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, political opinions, or membership in a particular social group if returned to his/her country of origin and he/she is not statutorily barred from such relief.

Suspension of Deportation/Cancellation of Removal

A respondent who has been living illegally in the United States for seven years or more may ask for relief known as suspension of deportation. For cancellation of removal, a respondent must have lived in the United States for ten years. For either relief to be granted, the respondent must prove the required period of continuous physical presence in the United States, good moral character, and extreme hardship (deportation) or exceptional and extremely unusual (removal) hardship if returned to the country of origin.

Adjustment of Status

Another type of relief is adjustment of status for a respondent who is deportable but is eligible for lawful permanent resident status based on a number of factors including marriage to a U.S. citizen and waivers of criminal convictions as a basis for deportability.

INDIVIDUAL CALENDAR

After determining the type of relief a respondent/applicant is seeking, the judge sets a date for the respondent/applicant to file the appropriate application for relief. The judge then schedules the case for an Individual Calendar Hearing on the merits of the application. The time required for the hearing is set by the judge after consulting both the government attorney and the respondent/applicant or his/her attorney.

Frequently, failure to file an application on time results in the Immigration Judge determining that a respondent has abandoned the intention to apply for relief, and the Immigration Judge may issue an order of deportation or removal.

The length of the Individual Calendar hearing ranges from less than an hour to an entire day or more based on the complexity of the issues in the case and the number of witnesses called. At the Individual Calendar Hearing, the judge hears testimony from the respondent/applicant, from witnesses for either party, and he hears cross-examination. The Immigration Court provides an interpreter for a non-English speaking respondent/applicant or witness. Generally, the judge renders an oral decision in the case on the record at the conclusion of testimony and cross-examination. The decision includes a finding of facts, the establishment of deportability, excludability, or removability, a statement addressing the relief sought, the application of existing case law, and the judge's conclusion about the case. After announcing the decision, the judge gives each party an opportunity to waive or reserve appeal. If both parties waive appeal, the judge's order is final. Whether appeal is waived or reserved, a form order ("minute order") summarizing the judge's decision is given to the parties before they leave the court.

THE APPEAL PROCESS

When an appeal is filed within the specified time limit (30 days), the Immigration Court assembles and forwards the Record of Proceedings (ROP) to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The BIA is composed of a Chairman and Members who are appointed by the Attorney General. The BIA reviews Immigration Judges' decisions if appealed by a party to the case.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are currently no FAQs available.

Courtroom Etiquette

The Immigration Judges in Salt Lake City encourage all those appearing before them to familiarize themselves with the Immigration Court Practice Manual and to be prepared and ready to go forward with the case on the day of the hearing.

Please observe the following rules regarding courtroom decorum and etiquette.

  • All cell phones and pagers must be turned off before entering the courtroom.
  • No recording devices permitted in the courtroom.
  • No food or beverages permitted in the waiting area or courtroom.
  • No Smoking. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building.
  • No reading of newspapers, novels, magazines or other during court sessions.
  • Gentlemen please remove your hat when entering the courtroom.
  • Children may not be left unattended at any time.
  • Respondents are to leave the Courtroom when their case is finished being heard.
  • No more than 35 people, standing or seated in the Immigration Court Waiting Area.
  • All visitors must follow the directions of the Immigration Court security guard.
 

Please read our Privacy and Security Notice

Updated March 3, 2016