There are over 300 Immigration Judges in Immigration Courts nationwide. Immigration Judges determine removability and rule on applications for relief from removal like asylum, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal and various types of waiver waivers.
There are over 700,000 pending cases in Immigration Court and the number is growing. Some Judge’s calendars are backlogged for 3 years or more. A Judge’s decision may be appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). A BIA decision can usually be appealed to the appropriate U.S. Court of Appeals and from there to the Supreme Court.
Our deportation defense attorneys This page links to the contact information for all Immigration Courts and gives you access to the Immigration Court Practice Manual. It allows you to gain information about all Immigration Judges across the U.S.
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Immigration Courts is divided into the following subsections:
- Winning Your Case in Immigration Court Videos
- Information About the Immigration Courts
- Reports & Practice Advisories from the American Immigration Council (AIC)
- TRAC Immigration Reports
Winning Your Case in Immigration Court Videos
- Winning Your Case in Immigration Court Learn how to win your case in Immigration Court. The government must first prove that you are deportable from the US. Are you eligible to apply for adjustment for status, waivers, asylum, cancellation of removal or registry?
- Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents This video explains the basic process of applying for “Cancellation of Removal”, legal jargon for obtaining permanent residence from an Immigration Judge.
- Asylum: Winning Your Case A person with a “well-founded fear” of persecution if they return to their home country may apply for asylum before the USCIS and a person in removal proceedings may apply for asylum before an Immigration Judge.
IMMIGRATION COURTS: GENERAL INFORMATION
- Immigration Judges Can Only Continue Cases for Good Cause Shown – Matter of L-A-B-R- (8-16-18)
- Thousands of Closed Deportation Cases May Be Restarted (8-15-18)
- Immigration Judges No Longer Can Administratively Close Cases – Matter of Castro-Tum (5-17-18)
- Instructions for Requests to Join in Motions to Reopen – ICE Los Angeles (May 2018)
- Immigration Judge Performance Metrics (3-30-18)
- EOIR Memo on Change of Venue Requests (1-18-18)
- DOJ to Establish Case Quotas for Immigration Judges (10-13-17)
- EOIR Revises Docketing Practices Related to Certain Priority Cases
- Immigration Courts Listing
- Immigration Courts’ (800) Number
- Immigration Court Practice Manual
- Filing a Complaint Regarding an Immigration Judge’s Conduct
- Immigration Judge Sues Over Recusal from Cases (8-22-14)
REPORTS & PRACTICE ADVISORIES FROM THE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL (AIC)
- Motions for a Continuance
- Administrative Closure Post-Castro-Tum
- Strategies and Considerations in the Wake of Pereira v. Sessions
- Access to Counsel in Immigration Court
- Empty Benches: Underfunding of Immigration Courts Undermines Justice
- Background on Judicial Review of Immigration Decisions
- Providing Noncitizens With Their Day in Court
- Two Systems of Justice: How the Immigration System Falls Short of American Ideals of Justice
Due Process and the Courts
- Inspection and Entry at a Port of Entry: When is there an Admission?
- Prosecutorial Discretion: How to Advocate for Your Client
- Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings: A General Overview
- Seeking a Judicial Stay of Removal in the Court of Appeals
- Moncrieffe v. Holder: Implications for Drug Charges and Other Categorical Approach Issues
- Implications of Judulang v. Holder for LPRs Seeking § 212(c) Relief and for Other Individuals Challenging Arbitrary Agency Policies
- Rescinding an In Absentia Order of Removal
- Voluntary Departure Rule: Q&A
- Reinstatement of Removal
- Staying The Voluntary Departure Period When Filing A Motion To Reopen
TRAC REPORTS ON IMMIGRATION COURTS
- Despite Hiring, Immigration Court Backlog and Wait Times Climb (5-15-17)
- U.S. Deportation Outcomes by Charge
- Immigration Court Backlog Tool
- Juveniles — Immigration Court Deportation Proceedings
- Priority Immigration Court Cases: Women with Children
- The Immigration Court’s Institutional Hearing Program: How Will It Be Affected (2-22-17)
- What Happens When Individuals Are Released On Bond in Immigration Court Proceedings? (9-14-16)
- Immigration Backlog Still Rising Despite New Judge Investitures (7-19-16)
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening an 8 attorney firm specializing in immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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