Deportation/removal proceedings begin once Department of Homeland Security (DHS) files the Notice to Appear (NTA) with the Immigration Court. The Notice to Appear is served on the individual alien ordering him/her to appear for an immigration hearing. The removal/deportation proceedings are generally conducted in person or by video conference.

It is very important for the individual alien to attend any and all hearing dates set by the immigration court because the immigration judge may conduct the hearing without the individual alien present and therefore, unable to present his or her case. DHS must prove that the alien is in the United States unlawfully and should be removed. At the hearing, the alien may present evidence supporting his or her case against removal.

During removal proceedings, language interpreters will be made available to the alien at the government’s expense if necessary for the alien to fully understand and participate in the proceedings.

If you are in removal proceedings, call us immediately 940/891-4800.