What Should I Do if I Receive a Notice to Appear?

What Should I Do if I Receive a Notice to Appear?

The Notice to Appear is arguably the most important document that you will receive in your removal proceedings. This is the official initial notice that the federal government has charged you with removal and that you are ordered to appear in court for a removal hearing. Ignoring a Notice to Appear is never a good idea. Your Notice to Appear will contain a date for your hearing in immigration court, or it may refer to a hearing date to be scheduled in the future. If you fail to show up in the court date stated in the Notice to Appear, the immigration court can and will issue an order of removal in your absence. So long as the government shows that they mailed you the Notice to Appear, the court will remove you if you don’t appear for the hearing. Since the consequences of ignoring a Notice to Appear are extremely severe, you should always keep the government and the immigration court informed of your updated address. If you move and don’t update your address with the court, a Notice to Appear will go to your old address or whatever address the government has on file, and you may miss your scheduled immigration hearing and become subject to removal. Your first step after receiving a Notice to Appear should be to contact an experienced deportation defense attorney for a consultation. You and your attorney should carefully read over the information contained in the Notice to Appear, and make sure that you understand all of the allegations against you. At this point, your lawyer will request all of the government records relating to your potential removal. This will allow us to examine and assess all of the evidence that the government has to use against you in your removal proceedings. Quickly and thoroughly reviewing your Notice to Appear with an attorney is critical to developing a successful strategy for your removal proceedings. No matter what sort of defenses are a possibility in your case, we are here to help you during your deportation proceedings and avoid deportation. We are experienced California deportation defense lawyers who know immigration law and know how to effectively represent your interests in your deportation case. We will build a strong case for any and all defenses that are available on your behalf. Call our office today and learn what the attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., can do to help you and your family.
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