What to Expect When You Go to Immigration Court

What to Expect When You Go to Immigration Court

If you have never appeared in immigration court, you probably don’t know what to expect. While all immigration courts operate a little bit differently, there are many similarities. After reading this post, our home is that you have more of a clear idea about what to expect when you go to immigration court. You will enter a waiting room area, where you or your attorney will check in with the court administrator. You can check the schedule of hearings to see which courtroom your case will be heard in. Hearings usually operate in no particular order; with the exception of cases involving attorneys, which are heard first, hearings are typically held on a first-come, first-serve basis or in order of the judge’s docket sheet. When you go into your assigned courtroom, you will check in with the clerk, who sits at a desk next to the judge. The clerk will pull your file and give it to the judge in the order in which you arrived. Your first immigration court hearing is generally referred to as the Master Calendar Hearing. At this hearing, the judge will schedule a new hearing if more time is needed to prepare your case. If your case is ready to be heard, then the judge will schedule an individual hearing. You also will produce any necessary documents or applications in person at this hearing; you also will receive copies of any documents produced by the government attorney. The judge will swear you in, which means that you are swearing to tell the truth during the hearing. If it is your first hearing, the judge may ask you if you need time to find an attorney. If you need more time to find an attorney, then the judge is likely to schedule a new hearing in your case. Keep in mind that this is the only notice that you will receive of the next hearing, so you need to take note of the date and time. At some point, you will be asked to voluntarily depart from the country; however, you always should consult with an immigration attorney before agreeing to voluntary departure, just to make sure that there are no other options available to you. Immigration courts hear hundreds of deportation cases each day, where only a small fraction of immigrants have secured legal counsel. The evidence is uncontroverted that legal representation greatly improves your chances of success in deportation proceedings in immigration court. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., knows federal immigration law and has the experience to guide you and advocate on your behalf throughout any type of deportation proceeding, no matter what the allegations may be. We are familiar with the wide range of defenses that are available to individuals facing deportation, and how to build the strongest defense that is available to you, based on the evidence relevant to your case. Contact your California deportation defense lawyers today and discover what we can do for you.
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