In a lame move, EOIR changes 800 number system

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), or Immigration Court, has an 800 number which has proved useful for checking people’s status in Immigration Court, as well as determining if someone has ever been before the Court (useful for immigration attorneys). Unfortunately, EOIR has changed the system, with the intent of making it more secure. It now requires input of not only the alien number, but charging document date. Many people lose or never even receive their paperwork. To obtain new copies of that paperwork (if not available through their previous or current lawyer), people may have to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which can take several months. What used to be an easy confirmation has foreseeably become an exercise in frustration.

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