Master Calendar Hearing

Master Calendar Hearing in Immigration Court – If a person is suspected of having violated United States immigration laws, they may receive a Notice to Appear (NTA), which is a formal charging document that requires them to appear in immigration court at a specified date and time for removal proceedings. The NTA will allege the reasons for why removal proceedings are being initiated against the person, so it may be important for them to consult with an immigration attorney before they attend their court hearing.

What Happens at a Master Calendar Hearing?

As the name might imply, the purpose of the Master Calendar Hearing is to verify the individual’s information, the charges against them, and to provide the individual with an opportunity to raise specific legal claims or defenses against their charges. Based on this information, the immigration judge will either calendar a date for another Master Calendar Hearing, or they may proceed by setting a date for an Individual Hearing. The judge will also set deadlines for when certain applications must be submitted by and when certain evidence must be filed with the court.

What Doesn’t Happen at a Master Calendar Hearing?

Remember, the purpose of the Master Calendar Hearing is to verify the charges against the individual and to set a date for another hearing, based on the individual’s charges and claims for relief against those charges. No specific details about the individual’s case will be discussed and the individual’s defenses will not be reviewed at this hearing.

How to Prepare for a Master Calendar Hearing

If at all possible, it is important to consult with an immigration attorney, who can review the charges against the individual and who can determine eligibility for certain defenses. Also, it is vital to show up to court on time, or the individual could be ordered deported due to their absence.

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