In a removal or deportation hearing, the government will attempt to prove allegations that will merit your removal. It is where a non-citizen will get a chance to present arguments before an Immigration Judge (IJ) and defend his or her right to remain in the United States. If you ever find yourself in immigration court for a removal hearing, here’s what you should expect according to an immigration lawyer.
This entire process was probably started because you were either arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for being in the U.S. illegally, you were referred by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), or if you have committed a crime.
By now, you will have also appeared before a judge for one or more Master Calendar hearings unless your immigration attorney took care of the required paperwork in an in-person hearing which has recently become possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You will be expected to prepare and present arguments on why you should be allowed to remain in the United States. An attorney for the U.S. government will also present a case against you and will be allowed to cross-examine you and any witness you might bring. An individual can last for a few hours up to several days.
After the final statements from both sides, the IJ will issue a decision either orally in person or in writing later on. If you do not get the decision you were hoping for, you are allowed to appeal it within 30 days, in writing. A removal hearing is a lengthy and stressful process that can potentially derail your entire life. This is why you will need all the help you can get from an immigration law expert.
If you need help with an upcoming deportation hearing, then give The Costas Network Law Center a call at (216) 616-3103 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with an immigration lawyer today.