Atlanta now has two Immigration Courts! Having the additional court should relieve some of the lengthy backlog, but these changes can be confusing. Because of the serious consequences of missing a hearing, showing up late, or going to the wrong building, Antonini & Cohen would like to provide you with information to help prevent any confusion.
Where is the new Atlanta Immigration Court, and how can I get there?
The new Atlanta Immigration Court is located on Floor 26 of the Peachtree Summit Federal Building, located at 401 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.
The Peachtree Summit building is on the corner of Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and West Peachtree Street. From Atlanta’s downtown connector, take Exit 249C if you’re driving south on I-75/I-85 or Exit 249B if you’re driving north.
Be aware that parking around the Peachtree Summit building is very limited. We encourage you to take public transportation since the building is attached to the Civic Center MARTA Station.
How do I know which Atlanta Immigration Court to go to?
If you aren’t sure where to go, don’t worry. It’s easy to confirm when and where your next hearing is. Call the automated court information system to get your details:
Press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish.
Enter only the numbers from your Alien Registration Number (A-number) –leave out the A. Your A-number will be either 8 or 9 numbers. If your A-number is only 8 numbers, enter a 0 first before the rest of your A-number. This number is located on your immigration documents. For example, you can find it on your last hearing notice, your employment authorization card, or your Notice to Appear (the first document issued to you when you were placed in immigration proceedings). Below are a few pictures to help you locate this important number.
If the system says you are scheduled at the new Atlanta Immigration Court location, you should arrive 30-60 minutes before your hearing. Atlanta Immigration Court on Ted Turner Drive occupies the entire building, the new court is in a building that is shared with many other offices. The security lines will be much longer because more people will be trying to get into the building. Failing to appear or arriving late at your hearing has serious consequences, so make sure you arrive at the new Atlanta Immigration Court and can get through security to arrive at your hearing on time.
What are the consequences of failing to appear?
The consequence of failing to appear, arriving late, or missing a hearing before an Immigration Judge is harsh. If you are not present, you may receive an order of deportation in absentia. Very few individuals are able to have their case reopened after missing a hearing.
We highly encourage you to check the automated court information system often to make sure you know when to appear at any schedule hearings. While the Immigration Court should provide you with advance notice of your hearing, mistakes do happen. For example, hearing notices can get lost or sent to the wrong address.
Call Antonini & Cohen for help.
If removal proceedings against you have begun and you are unsure about what to do next, please contact us at 404-850-9394. The experienced immigration attorneys at Antonini & Cohen are always here to assist you.
Examples of where to find your Alien Registration Number (A-number):