What Happens I Receive a Notice of Removal/Deportation Proceedings?

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What Happens I Receive a Notice of Removal/Deportation Proceedings?

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If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) determines that you have violated an immigration law, they will initiate removal or deportation proceedings. Your case will first be referred to the Office of the Chief Counsel, the sector responsible for prosecuting immigration cases. The Chief Counsel will send you a Notice to Appear, stating the reason for removal and any allegations in support. The notice will also provide the date, time, and place for your hearing. Make sure that you have your address updated with court at all times. Failure to appear at any of the following hearings discussed could result in severe consequences.

After the Notice to Appear is issued the Immigration Court will issue a Notice of Hearing. This document is intended to notify both the alien and the Chief Counsel of the date, time, and place of the hearing. If you do not appear at your hearing, the presiding judge will issue an order of removal because you failed defend yourself. If for some reason you do not attend your hearing, you will have to convince the judge to reopen your removal proceedings. I would advise seeking the help of a Phoenix immigration lawyer if you failed to appear at your hearing.

The next step in the process is that you must appear at the first hearing known as the Master Calendar Hearing. The Master Calendar Hearing is an informal proceeding where the judge will call you up for a couple minutes and explain to you the reasons why ICE seeks to deport you. If you find yourself at the Master Calendar Hearing without representation, you may want to ask the judge for an extension to hire counsel. However, the U.S. government will not pay for your representation so that may influence whether you will seek counsel or not.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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