What to Expect From an Immigration Master Hearing

October 10, 2023

Action Immigration

More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the United States every year. Today, approximately one in eight people living in the United States, or 40 million individuals, were not born here.

Immigration is a central component of America. But it is a complex, often challenging process to relocate to this country. This is especially true if your status is considered "illegal," which starts with an immigration master hearing.

Understanding the processes involved in this can be central to navigating the complex world of U.S. immigration. This article will tell you everything you need to know about an immigration master hearing. It will help you better understand what to expect from you or your loved one.

What Is an Immigration Master Hearing?

If you are an immigrant detained by a U.S. immigration enforcement agency, you are entitled to a hearing. This is called an "immigration master hearing."

This is where the government informs the detainee of their intended removal intentions and allows them to respond. An immigration master hearing is often referred to as a "master calendar hearing" or a "master hearing in immigration court."

What Happens at an Immigration Master Hearing?

A master hearing begins with a judge informing you of your rights during deportation proceedings. These include your right to have access to any low-cost or free legal services.

It also includes your right to present evidence in your defense. During this time, a judge may also set your bond

After these preliminary legal matters, the hearing will move into the "trial" phase, where both sides can present evidence. The government will tell the court why the detainee should be removed. Then, your lawyer will have a chance to challenge that information and present the case for why you should not be deported.

Common Defenses Against Removal

 There are several common reasons that allow detainees to successfully argue against deportation. A major one is if you qualify for a green card and one is available to you at the time of the hearing. For instance, if you arrived in the country "illegally," but are married to a U.S. citizen, the court will take this information into account.

Another common argument against deportation is if you came to the United States seeking asylum. This requires that you have fled your home country due to credible fear of persecution.

Similarly, you may not qualify for asylum, but a judge may conclude that deportation would threaten your life. Regardless of the reasons for wishing to remain in the United States, your attorney must present this information to the court in a clear and convincing way.

Learn More About Master Hearings and Other Immigration Issues

Now that you know what to expect from an immigration master hearing, you can plan accordingly. Remember, retaining professional assistance can go a long way toward bolstering your case.

Action Immigration Bonds & Insurance Services has been in business for more than 43 years. Our team of talented, multi-lingual immigration bond specialists is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide quality services to our clients. Reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation.

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