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In May of 2016, the Georgia State Legislature passed a law adding Immigration Courts to the list of state courts in Georgia which can now hold deportation proceedings. These proceedings are held before judges who operate in these courts on a full-time basis and work with defense attorneys and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers to process cases.

The Atlanta Immigration Court is one of three such courts which handle cases pertaining to Atlanta. The others are the Chicago Immigration Court, and the Miami Immigration Court.

What is Atlanta Immigration Court?

The Atlanta Immigration Court is a part of EOIR (Executive Office for Immigration Review). It is the one that processes all deportation cases for people who live in and around Atlanta.

Who is this article about for Atlanta Immigration Court?

This article is intended to help people who need help with a case that is being heard at the Atlanta Immigration Court, and have been referred to an Atlanta Immigration Attorney to represent them in a hearing at the court. This case is called Removal Proceedings and is where someone who has either overstayed their visa or entered the country illegally, faces deportation.

Examples of Atlanta Immigration Court

  1. Someone who came to the U.S. as a teen and was given custody of his or her child
  2. Someone who entered the country illegally but has been working lawfully and paying taxes for many years
  3. A person who entered the country legally but their citizenship expired or was taken away for some other reason (ex: drug conviction)
  4. A person who overstayed their visa, but didn’t face deportation until now because they were within 90 days of being allowed to leave the country
  5. A person who entered the country legally, but has been convicted of a crime and is now facing deportation
  6. A person who entered the country illegally, but eventually gained a legal status (ex: marriage)
  7. An employer or employee who faces deportation
  8. A victim of an assault who files a complaint against their abuser (ex: Domestic Violence) and are later questioned about their immigration status
  9. Someone who is suspected of being in the country illegally and ICE is investigating them for possible deportation
  10. A person who has been ordered deported by an immigration judge, but was given a stay of deportation by an immigration judge so that they can pursue their immigration case before an immigration judge.

Where can I find more information about Atlanta Immigration Court?

  1. You can visit the website of the Atlanta Immigration Court at www.justice.gov/eoir/atlanta-immigration-court for more information about their proceedings and to find out when their next hearing is scheduled.
  2. You can visit the EOIR (Executive Office for Immigration Review) website at www.justice.gov/eoir to find out more about immigration courts in general and to find out what will happen in your case if you lose your case or if you win your case at an immigration hearing (removal proceeding).
  3. You can also find out more information about the immigration court in your area, and what happens after you get to court, by visiting www.justice.gov/eoir/immigration-cases-in-your-area or by contacting the phone number at the bottom of that page.

Conclusion

The Atlanta Immigration Court is one of three immigration courts in Georgia. It was created in May of 2016 as a result of the new Georgia State law establishing the court. The other Georgia Immigration Courts are the Chicago Immigration Court and the Miami Immigration Court.