San Francisco Immigration Court


Court Announcements

Dedicated Docket (July 19, 2021): The San Francisco Immigration Court is one of the courts with a Dedicated Docket announced on May 28, 2021. For cases assigned to this Docket, immigration judges will work to issue a decision within 300 days of the initial master calendar hearing. Families may qualify if they are apprehended between ports of entry on or after Friday, May 28, 2021, placed in removal proceedings, and enrolled in Alternatives to Detention (ATD).

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ABOUT THE COURT

The San Francisco 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.

(1) San Francisco Immigration Court (non-detained):

Address:

100 Montgomery Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104

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

Hours:

Court Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Window Filing Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Phone:

415-705-4415

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:

Due to very limited street parking, we recommend that immigration court visitors use public transportation to come to immigration court. The immigration court is located in the financial downtown district near the Montgomery BART station and close to several bus stops on the Muni line. You can also take CalTrain to the San Francisco stop.

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Building Access and Security Screening Process:

 Lobby Entrance

All visitors are required to check in and sign-in with the lobby attendant. Immigration court visitors and attorneys must not remain in the lobby area or near the entrance doors of the building, as it is a violation of the building policy. If you must meet your client(s) prior to the scheduled immigration court hearing, please designate an alternate location near the immigration court to meet your client.

 Security Procedures

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.

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

(2) San Francisco Immigration Court (detained):

Address:

630 Sansome Street, 4th Floor, Room 475
San Francisco, CA 94111

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

Hours:

Public Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Phone:

415-705-1033

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:

Due to very limited street parking, we recommend that immigration court visitors use public transportation to come to immigration court. The immigration court is located in the financial downtown district near the Montgomery or Embarcadero BART stations and close to several bus stops on the Muni line. You can also take CalTrain to the San Francisco stop.

https://www.sfmta.com/
https://www.bart.gov/
http://www.caltrain.com/

Building Access and Security Screening Process:

 Lobby Entrance

All public visitors are required to pass through an electronic security equipment in the lobby area. The security screening will be through a metal detector machine as well as a handbag screening A valid government-issued photo identification must be presented in order to be allowed access into the building. Shoes may be required to be removed, if needed. Visitors must not bring any weapons, cameras, video, or recording equipment.

 Security Procedures

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.

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


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Public Health

Public Health Practices 

Consistent with public health officials’ guidance, EOIR has implemented practices to help to protect all people working in and visiting EOIR spaces throughout the country. Please see the agency’s Public Health Notice for more information.

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.

  • Be prepared – have a mask available. Face coverings may be required in the courtroom if directed by the presiding immigration judge. As necessary and when appropriate, individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering should alert the judge to their situation.
  • 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.

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IMMIGRATION COURT STAFF

Immigration Judges:

Elizabeth L. Young, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
Jeremy J. Butler Julie L. Nelson
Andrew J. Caborn Cynthia M. Nunez
Ila C. Deiss Patrick S. O'Brien
Laura C. Figueroa Joseph Y. Park
Scott D. Gambill Susan Phan
Amber D. George Curtis F. Pierce
Louis A. Gordon  Justin M. Price
Chalres S. Greene III  Patrick S. Savage
Letticea L. Jefferson-Webb Frank Seminerio
Jeremiah Johnson Karen W. Schulz
Samuel Y. Kim Shadee M. Star
Steven M. Kirchner Arwen A. Swink
Shira M. Levine  
Jason R. Masterson   
Loi L. McCleskey  

Court Administrator:

Scott McDaniel 


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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 June 28, 2022

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