Written by attorney Kevin Lawrence Dixler

Immigration Court - Chicago, Illinois

The Immigration Court in Chicago is also known as the Executive Office of Immigration Review ("E.O.I.R."). The Chicago E.O.I.R. is located at 55 E. Monroe on the 19th Floor. This court covers foreigners who live in Illinois, Wisconsin and a significant portion of Indiana. These is a cafe in the basement of 55 E. Monroe, where the Judge must take a recess for lunch. It may take the whole day so be ready to stay for a while.

If you have a loved one who is detained, then the hearing will take place in the basement of 101 W. Congress. You will need to alert security that you are a family member in need of access to the detained immigration court.

As of September of 2010, there are five appointed immigration judges in Chicago. They are Judges Cuevas, Fujimoto, Giambastiani, Vinikoor, and Zerbe. There is also one detained judge who appears in court from a videocamera in Falls Church, Virginia. Judge Owen is the detained Judge.

You must consent to a search through a metal detector. Otherwise, you will not be allowed in Court. The Respondent, who is the person charged with removal, must arrive on time and sign in. There are two sign in sheets. Those who are represented must wait until their attorney arrives to sign in. Those who are unrepresented must sign in on a separate sheet and may have to wait until those represented by attorneys are finished.

The U.S. Governement is not required to provide a foreigner an immigration attorney. A foreigner must hire one themself unless one of the grant supported agencies can represent them. Often, those represented by such agencies must show that they are unable to afford legal services. Sometimes, a law student will represent such foreigners who seek this legal help from those agencies.

E.O.I.R. may be the last chance for a foreigner to preserve their evidence and make a case to show that they should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Once a decision is made, the foreigner can either win, appeal, leave, or risk that the D.H.S. will find them and deport them. The latter can prove embarrassing and emotionally devastating to the foreigner, spouse, or children.

This is why it is wise to seek an experienced immigration attorney to discuss all options including the possibility of voluntarily leaving where there is no relief available. However, with each action, there can be confusion or a consequence. You should know what the situation may be in advance, so that proper plans can be made.

For more information on Court Etiquette, among other facts, use the link, below.

The above is general information and does not create an attorney client relationship.

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