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  • February 5, 2019
    (2/5) Due to the expected ice storm that is scheduled to hit Chicago this evening and into the early morning hours, the Chicago Immigration Court will have a delayed opening of 10 am on February 6, 2019.   
  • January 29, 2019
    (Updated 1/29/19 at 12:30 pm) Attorneys should be aware of the following weather-related closures for Chicago area immigration agencies: The Chicago Immigration Court has announced that due to inclement weather, the Chicago Immigration Court will be closing at 2:30 pm today (Tues) and will be…
  • January 10, 2019
    The Chicago Immigration Court has announced that all cases scheduled before Visiting Judge 2 (or VJ2) for January 2019 have been "descheduled" and will not move forward on the originally scheduled date, even if the government reopens in January 2019. No action has been taken yet on the February…
  • January 10, 2019
    Via the American Immigration Lawyers Association EOIR: Generally, immigration court cases on the detained docket will proceed during the lapse in congressional appropriations while non-detained docket cases will be reset for a later date when funding resumes. Courts with detained dockets will…
  • October 16, 2018
    On October 16, 2018, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a published decision in Matter of M-A-C-O-, 27 I&N Dec. 477 (BIA 2018), regarding jurisdiction over asylum applications filed by individuals who were previously designated as unaccompanied immigrant children (UICs), but filed…
  • August 27, 2018
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) in Chicago has announced that after August 24, 2018, there will no longer be a drop box at the security desk at 525 W. Van Buren to serve documents on OCC.  This means that the only way to serve documents on OCC in Chicago…
  • August 20, 2018
    New Judges for Chicago EOIR Chicago announced that two new immigration judges have joined the Chicago Immigration Court. Immigration Judge Patrick McKenna and Immigration Judge Kaarina Salovaara were sworn in Aug. 10, 2018, at an investiture ceremony in Washington, D.C. They are currently…
  • June 21, 2018
    On June 11, 2018, Attorney General Sessions issued a precedential decision in Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018).  The decision overrules a prior decision, Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 338 (BIA 2014), which held that in some circumstances, domestic violence survivors could…
  • June 11, 2018
    Today, June 11, 2018, the Attorney General issued a decision in Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018), overruling a precedent decision regarding the manner in which private violence (particularly, domestic violence) can give rise to a viable asylum claim.  NIJC and our partners across the…
  • June 8, 2018
    NIJC has received the following update regarding hearings at the Chicago Immigration Court: From May 28 through June 8, 2018, Kansas City Immigration Judge Justin Howard will be temporarily detailed to the Chicago Immigration Court. From June 18 through June 22, 2018, Atlanta Immigration Judge…