Useful Immigration Resources
The US immigration system is a complex maze of federal administrative agencies. Here are just a few helpful phone numbers, website and tips to help you keep up on your case.
Check the Status of you USCIS Case OnlineCheck the status of your pending application or petition on-line at myUSCIS--Case Status Online (https://egov.uscis.gov). You will need your case receipt number, which can be found at the top of most application or petition notices.
USCIS 1-800 number: 1 (800) 375-5283
Immigration Court 1-800 NUMBEREOIR 1-800 NUMBER
If you need to know the date of your next immigration hearing, or whether you've been ordered removed (deported) by an immigration judge in the past, the court maintains a helpful 1-800 number. You will need to give your Alien Registration number-- which can be found on hearing notices and documents (including employment authorization cards and permanent resident cards) issued by US immigration authorities. The nine digit number is usually preceded by "A#" or "USCIS #." Call 1-800-898-7180 (toll-free) to obtain case status information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Preparing for your Immigration Court HearingPlan to arrive well in advance of your scheduled hearing, ideally between 30 to 60 minutes. Generally, to gain access to the court building, you will need to provide a valid photo-ID. Talk to your lawyer before if you do not have an ID. Be sure to bring your Immigration Court hearing notice.
You will need to pass through security--including a metal detector and x-ray machine. It goes without saying, but do not bring any knifes, guns or weapons to your appointment. Prohibited items include metal nail files, scissors, and small pocket knifes. When in doubt, leave it at home.
DO NOT miss your hearing. If you fail to attend your hearing, even if you call the court to let them know, you will be ordered removed (deported) by an immigration judge in absentia.
For location of other US Immigration Courts, please visit the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) on-line here, https://www.justice.gov/eoir/eoir-immigration-court-listing.
Posting an Immigration BondBonds need to be in money order, or cashiers check for the exact amount of the bond. Checks should be made out to "Immigration and Customs Enforcement." Those posting a bond, should have a valid ID, along with the name, address and phone number of the person they are posting the bond for. Be prepared to wait. Processing a bond frequently takes hours.
To post a bond for those held in Minnesota, visit:
ICE, Enforcement and Removal Operations
1 Federal Drive, Suite 1601
Fort Snelling, MN, 55111
Phone: (612) 843-8600
Bonds are accepted between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Starting May 15, 2017, ICE will no longer accept bonds after 2 p.m. ICE will make efforts to accept bonds after 2 p.m. in special circumstances only.