If you are an immigrant to the United States, you may be wondering what to expect in immigration court. Sunny Florida provides not only a beautiful lifestyle, but a great living for many families. Unfortunately, when your visa expires, you may face deportation. You can appeal an immigration case but expect it to take some time.
NOLO wants to remind you that “removal (deportation) cases almost always hinge on nuances of the law and the specifics of the particular case.” So even when it seems hopeless, it may be a good idea to appeal. Keep in mind that even though the court is at the state level, it is run by the Executive Office for Immigration Reviews.
Expect to see the same judge every time you attend the court. There are three stages of hearings where in the final hearing you receive an answer. You should receive a Notice to Appear by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief counsel’s office before your first hearing.
The NTA provides a wealth of information that informs you why they want to see you. The court or NTA may notify you of your court schedule. If ICE detains you, the entire process moves much faster.
Due to an overload of cases, you may wait a long time before having your first hearing. Since only an immigration judge can see your case, you must wait until they have space on their docket to see you.
If you wish to obtain legal counsel, an immigration judge may likely grant you additional time prior to your first hearing to obtain an attorney. This information is intended only to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.