A Notice to Appear (NTA) that lets you know that the process of removing or deporting you from the country has begun. You may either receive an NTA by mail or directly from an immigration officer. This one or two-page document gives you notice that you are facing deportation from the United States and that you will need hearings in immigration court. The NTA also will state what the allegations are against you, or the reasons why ICE is seeking to remove you from the country. It is important to understand these reasons so that you can prepare a defense to removal and determine if there is any type of relief for which you can apply. You also need to make sure that all of your personal information on the NTA is correct; for example, if your address is incorrect, then you risk not receiving future notices from the immigration court. Essentially, the NTA will place you into one of three categories:
- You have arrived at the border and have not yet been admitted to the U.S.
- You are present in the U.S., but you have not been admitted or paroled.
- You have been admitted to the U.S., but you are removable for one or more reasons, as stated in the NTA.
There are many different reasons that you might be removable. For instance, you could have been convicted of a certain crime that makes you removable, you could have overstayed your legal presence in the U.S., or you could have entered the U.S. without a valid visa. No matter your situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is an Oakland immigration law firm who has dedicated its practice to protecting the interests of immigrants who are facing deportation. Whether you are potentially deportable due to a visa overstay or a lack of valid immigration status, we can help. We are prepared to build the strongest case possible in order to defend you against deportation. Contact us today to set up your legal consultation and discover what assistance we can offer to you and your family.