What is a Notice to Appear and What Does It Mean for Me?

What is a Notice to Appear and What Does It Mean for Me?

You will receive a Notice to Appear (NTA) if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has filed deportation or removal charges against you. An NTA orders you to appear in immigration court at a certain date, time, or place regarding the deportation charges, or advises you that a hearing in immigration court will be scheduled in the future. This document will give you very important information about your rights, the allegations against you, or why you should be deported, and the laws that immigration authorities believe you have violated. The NTA also advises you of your right to be represented by an attorney, the consequences of failing to appear at an immigration court hearing, your duty to notify the court if you change your address at any time during your removal proceedings, and your duty to surrender to removal or voluntarily depart if the court orders you to do so. It is essential that you follow the instructions in the NTA, or you could suffer severe consequences. For instance, if you don’t keep your address updated with the immigration court, then you could be deported without even appearing in court. You also should be aware of the nature of the deportation charges against you. At your hearing before the immigration court, you will have present evidence that the charges against you are not true, or provide some sort of defense to the charges. Since this hearing deals with your deportation from the country, you should immediately contact an immigration attorney when you receive a NTA, if you have not already done so. Deportation typically is a terrifying thought for both you and your family, especially after you have lived for several years in the United States and developed strong community ties. We are here to help defend you from deportation, no matter what your situation may be. Contact your immigration law attorneys at Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., today, at (510) 756-4468. We will immediately schedule a time for you to meet with our staff, discuss the facts surrounding your case, and start building a defense on your behalf.
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