What to Expect from Immigration Court

Your immigration court hearing date is fast approaching and understandably you are nervous. You have done research yet still have questions. This article is for you! Here are some preparation tips. 

“Master hearing” is the first immigration court hearing, during which you are informed of your rights, the allegations and charges, correct serving of important documents, and possible type of relief from deportation. If you qualify for relief, you will have an “individual merit hearing” to prove you qualify for the relief and deserve it. 

It is extremely important you show up on time for your hearings. Verify your hearing’s address and date ahead of time, and always consider traffic delays while planning your arrival time. We advise to be there at least 30 minutes early. 

Looks matter – overdressing is preferable to underdressing. Courtroom clothing indicates system respect. This applies to family and friends in court. Wear formal clothes, but make sure that you are not uncomfortable. You can wear something simple as aa long-sleeved shirt and slacks, no tie required. Other tips are: 

  • No hats of any kind (unless for religious purposes) 
  • No shorts 
  • No tank tops or revealing tops 
  • No sandals or exposed bare feet 

When going before a judge, it goes without saying that you need to be polite and respectful. This is especially true when talking to courtroom staff. Being kind and polite is the easiest way to change how people see you. However, we advise you to not engage in conversation with DHS, or witnesses, unless you are asked to do so. 

Everything that happens in immigration court is recorded, so make sure to silence your phone, keep children quiet, and, if possible, try to get them excused from having to appear. All your answers in the record are under penalty of perjury. Truthfulness is very important. If you truly do not know or cannot remember something, say so. And if you do not understand a question, seek for clarification. 

If you want an expert deportation defense attorney to help you during your immigration court, contact the J. Molina Law Firm. We are ready to help you with your case and we make sure to do everything possible to defend your way of living. Call us at (469) 708-5800 or book an appointment online. We protect your American Dream!