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Immigration to Louisiana and the United States: Immigration Case and Detention Status

A guide designed to provide legal resources on United States immigration law and various related topics such as naturalization and asylum.

Immigration case status

Obtain the status of an immigration application or petition

You can check the status of your USCIS application with this online tool. You must enter the receipt number of your case. This number is a unique 13-character identifier that USCIS provides for each application or petition it receives, and it is used to identify and track your cases. The receipt number consists of three letters followed by 10 numbers. The letters can be EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC, NBC, MSC or IOE. You can find it on notices of action USCIS has sent you.

If you have additional questions about any information related to an immigration application, you can visit the website or call the USCIS contact center: +1 (800) 375-5283.


Obtain information about cases before immigration court

To obtain information about a matter before the immigration court, one can call +1 (800) 898-7180 (toll-free number) which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At that number, you can find:

  • Next hearing date, time, and location;
  • Case processing information;
  • Immigration judge decision outcome and date;
  • Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) case appeal information, including appeal due date, brief due date, decision outcome and date; and
  • Filing information.


Obtain information about cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

To obtain information about a matter before the Board of Immigration Appeals, one can call +1 (703) 605-1007 and select from six menu options:

  • BIA mailing address, location and website information;
  • Appeals and motions;
  • Transcripts and briefs;
  • Stays of deportation;
  • BIA decisions; and
  • Change of address.

Immigration detention status

Find someone in immigration detention

If you know someone is in immigration detention in Louisiana but don't know where specifically, you can find them with the ICE Online Detainee Locator System. You can enter personal information or their A-Number to see where they are being held.

Obtain information about their status in detention

After you know which facility they are in, you can call the facility to request information about the detainee. Select the correct facility on this page of ICE detention facilities in Louisiana. On each center's page, you must call the first number that appears to request information. For example, on the Central Louisiana ICE Processing Center page, it says: “If you need information about a detainee that is housed at this facility, you may call (318) 992-1600 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.” The page of each center has a different phone number and work hours, but written in this same format.