If a person is suspected by immigration officials of violating United States immigration laws, they may be issued a Notice to Appear. This entry attempts to explain what a Notice to Appear (NTA) is and what is signifies.
What is a Notice to Appear?
Being issued a Notice to Appear is a very serious matter. An NTA is a document which formally initiates removal proceedings against an individual suspected of violating U.S. immigration laws. The NTA will list certain allegations which the government believes makes the person removable from the United States and the document should provide its recipient with a time, date and location for their first appearance at their closest immigration court.
The first court date is called a “Master Calendar Hearing,” where the judge will request certain information from you, including your most current address, your native language (for use of an interpreter, if necessary) and whether or not you are represented by an attorney. The judge will also request pleadings on the charges which are listed in the Notice to Appear. Afterwards, another hearing will be scheduled, depending on what issues are brought to the court’s attention.
What to Do if You Receive an NTA?
Do not take too long to take appropriate action. An immigration attorney should be consulted in order to assess your case and to determine your eligibility for any removal defenses.
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