What to do if you’ve received a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court

If you have received a “Notice to Appear” (NTA) in immigration court, you might be wondering what to do next. At Landerholm Immigration, APC, our immigration attorneys seek to help our clients navigate the immigration system and clearly understand all notices you’ve received – especially the Notice to Appear! The bottom line: you do not want to ignore this request, but you shouldn’t panic either.

Breaking Down the Notice To Appear

If this letter seems somewhat overwhelming, you wouldn’t be the first person who told us that. It’s common. The NTA was revised in 2018 to uphold and enforce the current administration’s stance on border control and immigration policies. The NTA is typically laid out in six parts, and each section is designed to give you specific information. Let’s look at each section:

  • Biographical Information – Check all of the information to ensure it’s accurate, incorrect details need to be corrected, otherwise they could lead to more significant problems later.
  • Allegations – In this section, you should be given details about your immigration status and how you are believed to have entered the country, and how they believe you violated immigration law.
  • Charges – This part of the letter will list the legal grounds that the government believes you are “removable.” If you plan to fight against those charges, you will need to alert the judge about what defense you plan to use. This is where an immigration lawyer will be invaluable to your case.
  • Immigration Court Proceeding Details – This section will alert you as to where and when you need to appear.
  • Legality Section – This area states that you have a right to obtain an attorney and what will happen if you fail to appear at the request of the court. Failing to appear will trigger the court to issue a deportation order. Contact a deportation defense attorney if this is your situation.

Make sure you read over the entire NTA to ensure it is accurate and that you understand precisely what the court is asking of you. The information within the NTA depicts how the government sees your presence in the U.S. and illustrates how they plan to proceed with removing you. If you have questions or concerns about the legitimacy of the findings or if information on the notice is incorrect, it is vital that you consult with an immigration attorney as soon as possible. Inaccuracies can cause serious problems in your case which sometimes can be difficult to fix if not corrected early on.

Hiring an Immigration Lawyer

If you have received a Notice To Appear, don’t panic. We are here to help you with that process. We need as much time as possible to work on your case, so when you receive this notice, reach out to us immediately so we can start working on your defense.

We will seek to understand your specific situation and help you build a case to remain in the U.S. This might include learning about your poor or dangerous conditions in your home country and seeking the right evidence to help prove that in court. We will need you to bring all of your immigration documentation with you, as well as any other legal paperwork you have received.

You can contact Landerholm Immigration, APC via phone or by reaching out to us online. Our experienced immigration attorneys look forward to working with you on your immigration case.