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I-862 Notice to Appear (NTA)

I-862 Notice to Appear (NTA)

If you are a foreign national in the United States on a visa, you have a limited time that you are allowed to stay in the U.S. If you have overstayed your visa or are in the U.S. illegally, you may receive a Notice to Appear (NTA), which is a requirement to attend a hearing at a court. The NTA (I-862) is an official document that communicates information from the United States Department of Homeland Security. It may be the first step in the deportation and removal process for those who do not have proper permission to remain in the United States. If you receive a Notice to Appear, you may want to seek immediate guidance from an experienced immigration attorney

What is a Master Calendar Hearing?

A master calendar hearing is typically the first appearance you will have before an immigration judge. The hearing is designed to provide you with the next steps of the case and give you information about how the case will proceed. The hearing will be recorded, with the exception of anything that is deemed to be off the record. You must attend the hearing at the date, time, and location provided on the NTA. You must attend in person unless the judge grants a specific request to attend remotely. 

What to Expect at a Master Calendar Hearing

There are a variety of things that you can expect will occur at your hearing. Some of these include:

  • Explain the charges
  • Tell you the legal issues and facts
  • Advise you of your right to an attorney
  • Advise you of your right to present evidence
  • Advise you of your right to examine the evidence presented by the Department of Homeland Security
  • Take pleadings
  • Set deadlines for various matters of the case
  • Schedule future hearings

Generally, the first hearing reviews the matter for which you are present and provides details for moving forward with the case. You have a right to have your attorney present and represent you at the hearing. This is the first step in the deportation and removal process. 

Preparing for Your Hearing

You should take your Notice to Appear seriously and prepare for it appropriately. If you do not speak fluent English, you may request an interpreter for the hearing. Make sure that you arrive on time. You will want to confer with your immigration attorney before the hearing. If you have an attorney, your lawyer will file any necessary legal notices or requests ahead of the hearing. You will need to be ready to answer the questions of the court regarding your Notice to Appear.  

You will need to provide oral or written pleadings. Pleadings go through all the matters of the case. You must indicate that you understand the proceedings and either admit to or deny the charges set forth in the Notice to Appear. You must acknowledge that you have received the information provided and will abide by the requests, such as fingerprinting and other DHS biometrics. You must state that you will appear for your next hearing date or face consequences. 

A Notice to Appear is something you cannot ignore. Doing so could put you at further and immediate risk of removal. If you received an NTA you will want to speak with a skilled immigration attorney at once. Your lawyer will review the situation, answer your questions, and assist you throughout your case. Get the legal help you need. Call us today at Sverdloff Law Group at (312) 238-9090 to discuss your case.

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