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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).


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.


Contact the Court

Address 1

100 Montgomery Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104

Hours

  • Court Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Window Filing Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 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

Building Access and Security Screening Process


Address 2

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

Hours

8 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 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.

Assistant Chief Immigration Judge*

Elizabeth L. Young - in person

  • Clerk: Rebecca Murphy
    415-315-4644

Staff Assistant or Alternate POC

Yawen Liu
415-315-4598

Court Administrator

Candelaria Morgart (Acting)
415-705-0144
Scott.McDaniel@usdoj.gov

Immigration Judges

  • Elisa C. Brasil - in person
    • Clerk: Ridwana Bentley
      415-705-0135
  • Shuting Chen - in person
    • Clerk: Anna Tran
      415-315-4641
  • Elanie J. Cintron - in person
    • Clerk: Doris Hui
      415-315-4646
  • Howard R. Davis - in person
    • Clerk: Mary Moore
      415-315-4613
  • Ila C. Deiss - in person
    • Clerk: Stephanie Rodriguez
      415-315-4612
  • Chloe Dillon - in person
    • Clerk: Mei Young
      415-315-4649
  • Roger Dinh - in person
    • Clerk: Alice Gumaru
      415-315-4607
  • Scott D. Gambill - internet-based
    • Clerk: Kevin Calkins
      415-315-4675
  • Amber D. George - in person
    • Clerk: Emmanuel Rosal
      415-262-3852
  • Louis A. Gordon - in person
    • Clerk: Brian Lee
      415-315-4583
  • Charles S. Greene III - internet-based
    • Clerk: Gloria Porras
      415-315-4658
  • Jeremiah Johnson - internet-based
    • Clerk: Alice Gumaru
      415-315-4607
  • Lettricea Jefferson-Webb - internet-based
    • Clerk: Charmy Lin
      415-315-4589
  • Steven M. Kirchner - in person
    • Clerk: Thomas Veitch
      415-315-4690
  • Shira M. Levine - in person
    • Clerk: Veronica Dang
      415-315-4621
  • Loi L. McCleskey - internet-based
    • Clerk: Doris Hui
      415-315-4646
  • Patrick O’Brien - internet-based
    • Clerk: Silvia Beel
      415-262-3850
  • Joseph Y. Park
    • Clerk: Jose Nunez
      415-262-3844
  • Christopher Pierce - in person
    • Clerk: Scott Lau
      415-315-4611
  • Patrick Savage - in person
    • Clerk: Charmy Lin
      415-315-4589
  • Karen Schulz- in person
    • Clerk: Rebecca Murphy
      415-315-4644
  • Frank Seminerio- in person
    • Clerk: Doumao Tai
      415-315-4673
  • Michelle Slayton - in person
    • Clerk: Roman Coloma
      415-315-4655
  • Arwen Swink - in person
    • Clerk: Magaly Velasco-Escobar
      415-705-0139
  • Jami L. Vigil - in person
    • Clerk: Marites Aquino
      415-705-0161

Supervisory Legal Administrative Specialists

Maria Jauregui
415-262-3842

Nicole Symkowick
415-315-4593

Supervisory Legal Assistants

John Fekete
415-315-4606

Legal Assistants

Diego Belman
415-315-4609

Ridwana Bentley
415-705-4415

Roman Coloma
415-705-4415

Alice Gumaru
415-705-4415

Elsa Hiscox
415-262-3845

Brian Lee
415-705-4415

Nico Rumbaoa
415-315-4597

Doumao Tai
415-705-4415

Mei Young
415-705-4415

Mausa Zamani
415-315-4602

Support Services Specialist

 

*Backup Assistant Chief Immigration Judge: Daren K. Margolin


Public Health

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.

Immigration Court Procedures

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


Helpful Links and Information 

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:

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 1800
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-305-0289 (phone)
PAO.EOIR@usdoj.gov

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 respondents in immigration court. More information is available at the following link: eRegistry Validation Process.

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 document:

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.

Updated April 2, 2024