Useful Immigration Resources

I. US Citizenship and Immigration Services

 

Check your case status online

Check the status of your pending application or petition on-line at myUSCIS--Case Status Online. You will need your case receipt number, which can be found at the top of most application or petition notices. Here's an example of where to find your receipt number on a biometrics appointment notice.

NEW Minneapolis-St. Paul US Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office

250 Marquette Avenue
Suite 710
Minneapolis, MN 55401

 

II. Immigration Court (Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR))

 

EOIR 1-800 number

If you need to know the date of your next immigration hearing, or whether you've been ordered removed (deported) by an immigration judge in the past, the court maintains a helpful 1-800 number. You will need to give your Alien Registration number-- which can be found on hearing notices and documents (including employment authorization cards and permanent resident cards) issued by US immigration authorities. The nine digit number is usually preceded by "A#" or "USCIS #."  Call 1-800-898-7180 (toll-free) to obtain case status information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR HEARING

Plan to arrive well in advance of your scheduled hearing, ideally between 30 to 60 minutes. Generally, to gain access to the court building, you will need to provide a valid photo-ID. Talk to your lawyer before if you do not have an ID. Be sure to bring your Immigration Court hearing notice. 

You will need to pass through security--including a metal detector and x-ray machine. It goes without saying, but do not bring any knifes, guns or weapons to your appointment. Prohibited items include metal nail files, scissors, and small pocket knifes. When in doubt, leave it at home. 

DO NOT miss your hearing. If you fail to attend your hearing, even if you call the court to let them know, you will be ordered removed (deported) by an immigration judge in absentia.

 

Immigration Court Address

Bloomington, Minnesota Immigration Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Bldg. 
1 Federal Drive, Suite 1850
Fort Snelling, MN 55111

Phone: 612-725-3765

For location of other US Immigration Courts, please visit the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) on-line

 

III. POSTING AN IMMIGRATION BOND

 

Bonds need to be in money order, or cashiers check for the exact amount of the bond. Checks should be made out to "Immigration and Customs Enforcement." Those posting a bond, should have a valid ID, along with the name, address and phone number of the person they are posting the bond for. Be prepared to wait. Processing a bond frequently takes hours.

To post a bond for those held in Minnesota, visit: 

ICE, Enforcement and Removal Operations                                                                         
1 Federal Drive, Suite 1601
Fort Snelling, MN, 55111
Phone: (612) 843-8600

Bonds are accepted between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Starting May 15, 2017, ICE will no longer accept bonds after 2 p.m. ICE will make efforts to accept bonds after 2 p.m. in special circumstances only.  

Use of E-Bonds is encouraged but not required.