Featured Issue: E-Filing with EOIR Now Mandatory
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) made e-filing with the EOIR Courts & Appeals System (ECAS) mandatory for all lawyers practicing before EOIR on February 11, 2022. Previously, electronic filing was voluntary but highly encouraged. Now, 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.
- Video: AILA EOIR/ICE Joint Liaison Committee Update
This video shares updates from AILA's EOIR/ICE Joint Liaison Committee regarding its liaison efforts with EOIR and ICE. It includes updates on ECAS, among other things.
- Practice Alert: Automatic Service Through ECAS
- Get Ready for Mandatory E-Filing with EOIR, Starting February 2022
- Transitioning to a Paperless Immigration Law Office
- EOIR Courts & Appeals System (ECAS) Information Page
- ECAS Program Overview
- Attorney Resources from EOIR
- ECAS FAQs
- Video Overview of ECAS DHS Portal Registration
- EOIR Final Rule on Electronic Filing and Law Student Filing (86 FR 70708, 12/13/21)