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Removal Process | Peterson Law | Kansas City Law Firm

The first step involves the issuance of a Notice to Appear (NTA) by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to you and the immigration court. Generally, the NTA contains information about you such as your name, country of origin, reasons for deportation, last known address, etc.

The second step involves the first hearing before the immigration court. This hearing is generally called Master Calendar Hearing. At the hearing, the immigration judge will ask you if you are prepared to go forward on your removal case or if you need to get an attorney to represent you in the proceedings. Generally, when you notifies the court that they need an attorney, the immigration judge will schedule the hearing at a later date.  

Next, at the second hearing, the immigration judge will ask you to verify the information that has been printed on the NTA is correct. Once the information has been verified, you (or your immigration attorney) are then may notify the immigration judge that you will be applying for deportation relief, if any form applies. If you are eligible, an individual hearing will be scheduled.

Fourth, at the individual hearing, you (or your immigration attorney) will have the opportunity to present evidence in the form of documents and witness testimony to support your application for relief. At the end of the individual hearing, the immigration judge will make a decision on your case. If the immigration judge makes an oral decision, you will know immediately after the hearing. If the decision will be written, the immigration judge will release a written decision at a later date.

Lastly, if the immigration judge determines that you did not me the requirements for deportation relief and orders you deported, you have 30 days from the date of the immigration judge's decision to appeal the decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).  If the BIA decision is not in your favor, then you can appeal to the United States Court of Appeals. From there, if the United States Court of Appeals does not rule in your favor, you can appeal to the United States Supreme Court.


To discuss the Removal process in more detail and get a free case consultation, contact our office to speak with a deportation defense attorney, (888) 588-5717.


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