Immigration courts in Los Angeles and Van Nuys resume hearings for non-detained immigrants

After months of closure, three immigration courts in California will resume hearings for immigrants who are not in detention.

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that immigration courts in Los Angeles and Van Nuys will resume hearings in non-detained immigrant cases on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Immigration courts have postponed hearings for immigrants not detained due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, from March 2020. EOIR has resumed operations of certain outages and expects to return to normal as soon as conditions permit.

Operational information from the immigration courts

If you have a case pending in immigration court, you should regularly check the EOIR website to stay informed about the workings of the immigration courts in the United States.

In this web site will find information on the operational status of the immigration courts and instructions on how to file documents with the court and attend an immigration hearing.

Information from the immigration courts in Los Angeles and Van Nuys, California.

Information from the Los Angeles area are as follows:

EOIR Los Angeles - Olive Street Immigration Court

Mailing and web address:
606 S. Olive Street, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


EOIR Los Angeles - N. Los Angeles Street Immigration Court

Mailing and web address:
300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 4330
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


EOIR Los Angeles - Van Nuys Boulevard Immigration Court (Van Nuys Blvd. Immigration Court)

Mailing and web address:
6230 Van Nuys Blvd. 3rd Floor, Suite 300
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Health practices in immigration courts

According to the EOIR website, anyone visiting their facility is required to follow the following health practices and additional instructions provided to them when visiting the court:

* Under no circumstances may persons infected with the coronavirus or diagnosed with COVID-19, who have had contact with someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, have been asked to quarantine themselves, or have symptoms related to COVID-19, enter immigration court to attend hearings, file documents, or conduct any paperwork.

* People with symptoms of COVID-19 should call their legal representative to inform the immigration court about their illness. People who do not have a legal representative should call the immigration court as soon as possible to inform them of their medical condition and request a postponement of their immigration hearing.

* Masks or face masks are required to be worn in immigration court at all times. As needed, children under the age of two and persons with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing such a face covering are exempt from this requirement.

* To maintain adequate social distancing and better facilitate hearings, you may be asked to move or leave a particular area.

* Waiting times to enter the immigration court building and space may be significantly longer than usual. Make arrangements to arrive before the hearing so that you arrive at the courtroom on time.

* Social distancing is required (maintain a distance of six feet from people who are not part of your household).
- Please remember this when choosing to enter an elevator. Elevator wait times may be significantly longer than usual for this reason.
- Inside the immigration court, signs or staff will point out where you should sit. If you are instructed to sit in a certain place, do not change your seat.

* Do not bring people with you unless they are required to be present for your hearing. Remember that the immigration court may limit entry.

* Practice proper hygiene by washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Hire an immigration attorney

Immigration court proceedings are complicated and every immigrant in removal proceedings should hire a licensed and experienced immigration attorney to assist them with their immigration case.

Avoid hiring the services of notaries, immigration consultants, paper fillers and multiservices. These people are not authorized to give you legal advice and represent you in immigration court.