What to Expect in Immigration Court

Foreign nationals who live and work in the United States do so with legal authorization. There are various types of visas available to those who wish to stay in the country for work or pleasure. Those who are here illegally, or who have committed a criminal act, may be facing removal. If you received a Notice to Appear (NTA), you may wonder what to expect in immigration court.

Reasons for Receiving a Notice to Appear

An NTA is legal communication requiring you to appear in court. The notice will provide you with details regarding the reason that action is being taken. In some cases, an immigrant may be in the country illegally. This most often occurs when a visa holder overstays his visa and it expires. While staying in the United States you are required to obey all local, state, and national laws. If you fail to do so, you could be deported.

Preparing for an Immigration Court Appearance

It is essential that you attend your court appearance. The court date is a hearing where a judge will review the details of your situation. It is advisable to have an experienced immigration attorney represent you throughout the process. Your lawyer will examine your case and assist you in determining the best defense to present in court. If you fail to attend your court hearing you will likely be subject to immediate deportation.

Gather Documentation to Support Your Case

You must bring proper support documentation to your hearing. You may be able to resolve your situation by filing for an appropriate visa. However, it is important to understand that you must meet the eligibility requirements for the type of visa you have requested. If you have overstayed your visa, you may be required to leave the country and begin the visa process again.

Resolving Difficult Immigration Deportation Issues

Many people are concerned about the possibility of being deported. If you have been convicted of a crime, particularly a felony, you may be deported. Your attorney will fight for your rights and provide documentation to the court to try to help you regain your immigration status. For example, if you were arrested but not convicted of a crime, it should not be used against you for purposes of deportation. It is important to note that the laws and guidelines may change at any time.

If you are required to attend immigration court you are probably frightened and have many questions. Call the immigration lawyers at Udall Shumway PLC to schedule a consultation to discuss your case today.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Immigration Court, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.