Featured Issue: E-Filing with EOIR Becomes Mandatory February 2022

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) implemented the EOIR Courts & Appeals System (ECAS) in July 2018. The agency has announced electronic filing (e-filing) will become mandatory for all lawyers practicing before EOIR effective February 11, 2022. Previously, electronic filing was voluntary but highly encouraged. After February 11, only e-filing will be accepted. Cases filed by paper prior to February 11, 2022, will remain housed under the old system until concluded.

You can register for ECAS on EOIR’s website, where you can also find detailed instructions for how to upload court-related documents, a list of FAQs, and a 5-minute instructional video. EOIR will offer information sessions throughout 2022. To receive notice of upcoming sessions, subscribe to subscribe to EOIR’s email updates. Also, check out the PPC article Transitioning to a Paperless Immigration Law Office, which has a section on the ECAS system and discusses how two AILA members made their practice nimble and mobile-capable.

Additional Resources

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 22010601.