On March 31, 2020, The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it had established temporary email accounts for immigration courts nationwide to facilitate electronic filing for all parties while the rollout of the EOIR Court and Appeals System (ECAS) is delayed due to COVID-19.
Those who have already opted-in to ECAS should continue to use ECAS where it is available. Others who wish to utilize electronic filing may file through email, as instructed below.
The EOIR Courts & Appeals System (ECAS) is a part of the overarching information technology modernization initiative further to enable the timely and fair adjudication of immigration cases. The goal is to phase out paper filing and processing while retaining all records and case-related documents in electronic format.
While extending the option for individuals to email case related documents may seem menial, it is, in fact, a huge step forward and into the digital age. Currently, ECAS is in the initial phase and only allows registered users at courts where ECAS is available to file Notice to Appear (NTA) data electronically, view an eROP, case details, and find out whether documents have been accepted or rejected by EOIR via the DHS Portal. The eRegistry, eFiling and eInfo portions of the platform are only available to attorneys and accredited representatives.
While ECAS is being rolled out, extending the ability to digitally file via email is significant, giving individuals the ability to upload case documents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, the full system will be available to the public in the near future.
Failure to follow the guidelines listed below may result in the rejection of your submitted document filing. If your submission is rejected, you will be notified by email with a request to correct the issue and refile the document.
Attorneys and fully-accredited representatives, if you have opted-in to ECAS, do not use email in lieu of filing through ECAS.
If you are an attorney or fully accredited representative who has not opted-in to ECAS:
For a complete list of Immigration Court email addresses for filing, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/filing-email.
Please note EOIR cannot provide technical support or confirm receipt of filings at this time. If you have questions, please contact the EOIR Office of Policy, Communications and Legislative Affairs Division at PAO.EOIR@usdoj.gov.
About the author: Jon Velie has practiced Immigration law since 1993. He is CEO of OnlineVisas.com., the intelligent Immigration platform. Jon is an Amazon number one best-selling author of H1B Visa: Application & Approval, is regularly covered by major media and has won a number of international awards. Jon can be contacted at email@example.com or 405-310-4333 office or 405-821-5959 mobile.