REMOVAL or DEPORTATION proceedings
Deportation proceedings occur when the federal government orders a non-citizen to be removed from the United States. Removal may happen for different reasons, including violation of U.S. immigration laws or other violations of law.
A deportation proceeding begins when a person who does not have legal status in the United States receives a Notice to Appear (“NTA”) in Immigration Court. The NTA will tell the person the allegations against them and that they must appear for a “Master Hearing.” At the Master hearing, the Judge will see you for the first time. He or she will read the allegations against you and ask you to either concede or deny. The Judge at the deportation proceedings will also ask what relief you will be seeking. A deportation attorney can accompany you to the hearing, request a relief and speak on your behalf.
The second type of deportation hearing is called an “Individual Hearing.” At the Individual Hearing, your deportation lawyer will present the evidence to the Judge and make arguments on your behalf to defend you. You may be called to testify in Court. If the Judge grants your relief, you can remain in the United States. If the Judge denies your request for relief, you will receive an order of removal from the U.S. However, you can still appeal the Immigration Judge’s decision and remain additional time in U.S.
RELIEF FROM DEPORTATION
If you are in deportation proceedings, your deportation attorney can discuss with you the types of relief you may qualify. The relief is discretionary, and the Judge will ultimately decide whether to grant or deny the relief you seek.