Deportation & Removal Proceedings

If the United States government, Department of Homeland Security, has sent you a letter called a Notice to Appear, you have been placed in Removal Proceedings, which means you may be subject to deportation from the United States. The Notice to Appear will tell you the date and time when you have to appear in Immigration Court.  The Notice to Appear will also tell you the reason why you have been placed in Removal Proceedings and whether you have broken any laws.

You are entitled to have an Immigration Attorney attend your hearing at immigration court with you, but the government will not pay for your immigration attorney even if you are indigent.  You must hire a private attorney if you want an immigration attorney to accompany you to your Removal Hearing.

During your Removal Hearing, an Immigration Judge will determine whether you are removable from the United States and whether you are eligible for a form of relief.  If an Immigration Judge determines that you are removable from the United States and that you do not have any form of immigration relief available to you, your deportation will be scheduled.  There may be a chance that you have other options available to you, but it is imperative that you contact an immigration attorney immediately to discuss your individual needs.

If you are removable, but you convince the Immigration Judge that a form of immigration relief is available to you, an Immigration Judge may permit you to remain in the United States.  There are a few types of immigration relief, but some of the most common types of relief are: Adjustment of Status, Cancellation of Removal, and Asylum.

Removal Hearings are divided into two categories: Master Calendar Hearings and Merits Hearings.  At a Master Calendar Hearing, the Immigration Judge will ask you to address the factual allegations alleged in your Notice to Appear.  You will also have to address the issue of Removability as it is outlined in the Notice to Appear.  If you fill out an application for relief, an Immigration Judge will assign you a date to attend a Merits Hearing.

Deportation is a complicated, confusing, and overwhelming process.  If you or a loved one has been placed in proceedings, it is important that you understand what lies ahead.   If you have been served with a Notice to Appear and you are facing Removal Proceedings, contact Amara Immigration Law, LLC today at to discuss your immigration options with our Immigration Attorney.  Our Boston Attorney will meet with you to formulate a detailed immigration plan that is in your best interests. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Attorney.  •  617-505-1010

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