Removal proceedings begin when an individual is issued a document called a Notice to Appear (NTA). The removal process is initiated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS serves the Notice to Appear to the individual ordering him/her to appear for an immigration hearing. The Notice to Appear notifies the individual of the reasons the government believes he/she should be removed from the United States, the nature of the proceedings, date, time, and place to appear for the removal proceedings, and the consequences of failing to appear at the hearing. The Notice to Appear also advises an individual of the right to have an attorney represent them at their own expense, the nature of the proceedings.
The first thing to do if you receive a Notice to Appear is to contact your immigration attorney. It is critical for your attorney to understand your specific situation, assess the reasons the government believes you should be removed from the United States, identify the risks and options available in proceeding in your defense.
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