San Diego Immigration Court

San Diego, California


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Standing Order (March 31, 2020): Telephonic Appearance In Cases Before The San Diego Immigration Court Due To COVID-19.

Notice (Monday, June 22, 2020) EOIR to Relocate the San Diego Immigration Court (PDF)

Notice  Public Health

About the Court

The San Diego 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.


880 Front Street, Suite 4240
San Diego, CA 92101

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


7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.



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.


Underground public parking plus surrounding parking lots available at own expense.

Building Access and Security Screening Process:

Building is open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitors must undergo a security screening by court security once they reach the 8th floor.


Public Health Practices 

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 Judges:

Rico J. Bartolomei, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
Christine A. Bither Philip S. Law
Jesus Clemente Lee O'Connor
James DeVitto Jeffrey L. Romig
Guy G. Grande Scott Simpson

Court Administrator:

Rene Cervantes

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

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Updated June 24, 2020

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