Federal Courts

Federal Courts decide thousands of immigration-related cases annually. In the deportation context, cases decided by Immigration Judges can be appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals and from there, nondiscretionary matters may be appealed to the appropriate U.S. Court of Appeals.

When the government fails to make a decision regarding a petition, an application or a visa for an unreasonably long time, the petitioner or applicant can request that a Federal Judge issue a Writ of Mandamus compelling the agency to take action on the pending matter.

Federal Appellate Courts

  • Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) Fee Application (4-7-06)

  • Federal Court Jurisdiction Over Discretionary Decisions After REAL ID: Mandamus, Other Affirmative Suits and Petitions for Review (4-5-06)

  • Mandamus Actions: Avoiding Dismissal and Proving the Case (8-15-05)

  • Judicial Review Provisions of The REAL ID Act (6-7-05)

  • Suggested Strategies for Remedying Missed Petition for Review Deadlines or Filings in the Wrong Court (4-20-05)

  • Immigration and the Supreme Court

  • U.S. Courts: The Federal Judiciary

  • Federal Judges Biographical Database

  • Implementation of Next Generation Case Management and Electronic Case Filing for the 9th Circuit (10-27-14)

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (1st Circuit) – Audio Files of Oral Arguments

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit) – Audio Files of Oral Arguments

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (4th Circuit) – Audio Files of Oral Arguments 

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit) – Audio Files of Oral Arguments 

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit) – Audio Files of Oral Arguments 

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (8th Circuit) – Audio Files of Oral Arguments 

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) – Audio Files of Oral Arguments 

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) – Videos of Oral Arguments 

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) – Immigration Outline